Louis Chair Makeover Inspiration by Pursuing Vintage

I have a fun new addition to the Pursuing Vintage Shop that will spark your imagination and get your creative juices flowing!  These Louis XV style chairs are in terrific condition, and the upholstery is clean.  But these need an update.  Seriously!

French Louis XV Chairs by Pursuing Vintage

But think of the potential…  It’s time for some inspiration!

Let’s start by looking at this beautiful example available at Ballard for a pretty penny.  You can choose your fabric from a nice selection, but a single chair will run you $600-800.

Louis XV Salon Chair by Ballard

Louis XV Salon Chair by Ballard


OR you can pick up this great pair from Pursuing Vintage and customize them any way you want!  For a lot less!

Check out these great ideas:

Bright, fun, funky fabric gives these a modern edge.

Louis chairs with bold patterns

via Abode Love


A bold print and painting the frames can transform the chairs.

Louis chairs with bold patterns

via DIY Home Sweet Home


Paint the frames white with chalk paint and use a nice linen for a chair that can go anywhere.

Painted Louis chair

via Pinterest


Keep the frames natural and go for a country French look.

French Louis chairs with flour sack upholstery

via Miss Mustard Seed


(Look at what she started with – practically the same chairs as the Pursuing Vintage chairs!!)

Louis chairs

via Miss Mustard Seed


You can tackle this project yourself and use Miss Mustard Seed’s Reupholstery Series as a guide.


How would YOU makeover these chairs?  Something bold and bright?  Or soft and traditional?



4 replies
  1. Karena
    Karena says:

    It would be so fun to redo these special chairs Kristin!! Love them and choosing the fabrics and paint color….a treasure hunt!

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  2. Vel
    Vel says:

    If it’s for my home, I would go with something bold like that otomi fabric makeover, fabulous. But if I want to sell it someday, I would go plain just like what Ms. Mustard seed did. 🙂

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