Monday, January 28, 2013

Bergere Pair {French Chairs Before & After}

A little before & after action for you today... 

I found this pair of Bergere chairs in really good condition at a thrift store last summer. I had been on the lookout for a pair of French chairs like this for a while, so when I saw the price, I grabbed the tag and ran right up to the register. I wasn't sure exactly how I was going to make them over at that point, but after reading through Jenny's awesome tutorial for reupholstering this type of chair, I knew it was something I wanted to tackle.

I'm really thrilled with how they turned out. I bought the fabric last fall, but didn't start in on this project until about a month ago. So when I pulled it back out, I started second-guessing myself. But I love it!

Here are some close-up shots:


By far the most difficult part of this entire thing was just getting myself motivated to get to work.
Oh, and sanding. I hate sanding.
So what do you think??
I'm still on the fence as to whether I'm going to keep these or sell them at Lilac Row. However, one certain little somebody has made herself (and her tea party) right at home with the chairs. :)

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  1. Oh I love them!!! And am SUPER impressed with the upholstry job - I've always been so intimidated by French styled chairs, which is a bummer because they are my fave! You did a great job!

  2. They look absolutely stunning!!! Amazing job!!

  3. Wow..awesome! You really are talented!.... If they're for sale you might start a bidding war!

  4. That is exceptional work. I have a similar pair that I bought at an antique store on Cherry Street years ago. You're hired at my house, anytime you're looking for something to dabble with! Happy Tuesday, Carolyn

  5. the upholstery is quite refined! Kudos to you, you may have to find more chairs to renew!

  6. Ditto to the above, you've done a great job with the upholstery! Will need to read and save the mentioned tutorial from Jenny (thanks for link). I've got a chair to re-upholster and it will be a first for me. Siggie

  7. These are gorgeous chairs! You did a fantastic job! I love the fabric you chose - very versatile - can go with anything! Where did you get it? I have a couple chairs in need of re-upholstering and I think that fabric would be perfect for them! Thanks!

    Jenna @

  8. WOW! You are amazing at DIY. These chairs are beautiful!!! Love it:) And between you and me, i'm SOOOO glad Tierra is gone, hahaha!!


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