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?



new finds

If you follow Pursuing Vintage on Instagram, you probably have already seen these newest finds (Hint, hint! Follow me on Instagram to see things first!).  I am super excited to offer these amazing pieces!  Although, I do look like a chair addict right about now!  All of these pieces are in really good condition, so you could use them as-is, or go a different route and throw a coat of paint on them (or reupholster).

Here is a closer look:

Brighton Style Chairs at Pursuing Vintage

I know – you saw these amazing Brighton style chairs earlier this week on the blog (along with a little history lesson!).

Brighton Style Rattan Chairs

Here is another great set of rattan chairs.

Caned Rattan Barrel Chairs Pair

These are more petite than they look in the photo.  They are a nice compact size, perfect for a small space.

And yet another set of fun chairs – these tub chairs are done in a flame stitch fabric and set on casters.

Flame Stitch Tub Chairs

They are a Baughman style, similar to his swivel chairs – except these are on casters, not a platform swivel.  They are super-comfortable and in the right setting, this fabric could work!

And, finally, a Baker-style brass rimmed glass top coffee table.

Baker Style Coffee Table

The base is wood, not the tortoiseshell finish that I’ve seen elsewhere.  The brass rim is beautiful, and this table could be stunning in its new home!

All of the new finds (plus many new smaller decor pieces) can be found at The Pursuing Vintage Shop.  Take a look, and let me know if you see anything you like!




So, I have this chair…  It’s my desk chair.  I sit in it all the time.  I write Pursuing Vintage while sitting in the chair.  I check emails.  I pay bills.  It is “the chair”.

I bought this chair a long time ago.  I found it in a thrift shop, and just loved the look of it. For a long time it sat in the corner of my bedroom as a landing spot for random clothes and purses.  When I started redoing the first floor of our home, I looked at that chair and thought it would look great as my desk chair.  And, it is faux bamboo, which I love!  And barrel chairs are really comfortable – have you ever sat in one??

Now, this was years ago, so you have to laugh along with me and not judge too harshly.  I made a new cushion for the chair.  With my minimal sewing skills.  I cut out a piece of foam the right shape, and made a little paper pattern and cut out the fabric for the cover.  I even sewed in my first zipper!

… and then I realized that I put the zipper on the wrong side of the cushion.  Of course I had meant to put the zipper on the back part of the cushion. Instead, it ended up in front.  (Clearly I wasn’t paying attention to which way the cushion would sit in the chair).

This is what my little chair looks like today.

Faux Bamboo Caned Barrel Chair Before

How embarrassing is this??!  Can you see the fabric falling off the bottom of the chair?  And the zipper ripping off the *front* of the cushion?  And the fabric fraying?  I could go on.  But you can see it all here.

So, I’m searching for inspiration for this poor little chair.  Let’s start here:


(via I Suwannee) — I absolutely love the contrast of the bright pink with the black and white chevron.  These chairs are statement pieces!


(via Pinterest) I feel like I couldn’t go wrong with painting the chair black.  And this Chinoiserie fabric is so pretty, especially with the trim.


(via Circa Who) I could keep the wood of the chair natural and just do a funky fabric, like these.


(via Circa Who) The metallic silver is fun – and I like the edginess of the houndstooth print.


(via Circa Who) The blue color is so fun and bold!



(via One Kings Lane) I think this is my favorite – metallic gold.  I think fabric choice will be key, and I like how this fabric complements the chair color and doesn’t overpower it.

What are your ideas for this chair?  It really needs help!  Let’s give it a makeover!