What do you do with a chair no one wants? Well ask me that question and my answer is keep it! That’s exactly what I did with my new addition. Like an unwanted puppy, I decided to be her new owner. Give her love and affection and breathe new life in her just like I did Clarissa (and still working on Don).
I decided to do some research on this chair and found it’s a Louis XV style Fauteuil armchair. These chairs were beginning to be made in the 1600’s and were considered French by Royal Design and was designed with a woman’s figure in mind, by having delicate curves. The backs were round for the softness of the woman’s shoulders and the carvings were considered the ornaments (like a woman wears jewelry). This particular chair was made during the turn of the 19th century (between 1880 – 1900). The chair had it’s original needlepoint fabric, however, as you see, it pretty much took a beating. But, one thing for sure, she’s a real McCoy, a Louis XV french chair. So, I’m thrilled that I couldn’t sell it for the mere $25.00 I was asking for it at the yard sale. The average price for these chairs is $500.00, so yes, she is definitely worth investing in. I’m going to name her Kittra. Luckily, the frame was strong, but the wood stain was a bit drab. I decided to paint the frame using Martha Stewart antique gold (please don’t squeal :-) )
The gold paint gives it a new look, without taking away from the beauty and not making it gawdy.
For the fabric, I chose a soft chenile pile white fabric and wanted to incorporate cheetah print with it. I also wanted the authenticity of the chair to remain intact, so I had the upholsterer keep the straw stuffing but add enough cushion for a better seat. Keep in mind that if you ever get a chair or sofa and discover it’s an antique, it’s always best to preserve some of its history.
Here’s Kittra’s new look
Time to bring her home and find a space for her.
I’m in the process of making a few changes in the living room, nothing big, but changing up the wall color and adding a few reupholstered items. But for now, she’ll rest here. I was just so excited with her new look I wanted to share it with you.
I’ve never used white before on furniture, and now that we’re empty nesters and no little ones around, I thought I’d give it a whirl (for at least one piece) and the cheetah print has always been my fettish. I plan to add a bit more of that around. I hope you like Kittra’s new look as much as I do. Have you done a makeover lately? I’d love to hear all about it. Until next time, Happy hunting and enjoy thrifting your house into a home! Smooches