This Louis XV chair was my client's recent purchase from a local antique show. It was really quite a find and in very good condition. She had some extra fabric leftover from her bedroom curtains and wanted me to reupholster her chair. Here is what it looks like now:
Quite a transformation, wouldn't you say? The process was very similar to the funky accent chair I did a few weeks ago although there was some sewing involved in this project.
I carefully removed all the old upholstery. After removing the batting, I noticed the seat was covered in muslin which kept the springs and insides all in tact. Actually, this chair wasn't smelly or stained, so I was able to reuse all of the insides including the batting.
After removing all the staples (by far the worst part of any upholstery project), I recovered the back and seat using the new material. I was careful to find the center point of the chair and center the stripes accordingly. In this picture, you'll notice I used the seat batting as a template for the new fabric. I cut an extra 4" or so around this piece so I would be sure to have enough fabric to fit around the sides of the chair.
Per my client's request, we kept the double welt along the edge, so I sewed yards of the double welt in a coordinating cream fabric and glued it on to hide the staples.
I think she will be very pleased with the final product.
If you have an old chair you've found at a thrift store or inherited from a family member, let me help you give it a facelift. Send me some pics and I'll send you an estimate.
P.S.- In trying to find out which Louis style chair this is, I found this helpful guide.
Easier Than I Thought!
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