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?



I love it when I score a WHOLE SET of amazing chairs!  Sure, one great chair is fun, a pair is terrific, but a set of six is worth doing a dance!  (I’ll spare you.)

Adaptation of Prague Chairs

These chairs are like chameleons!  They can blend in and adapt with many decor styles.


Modern & Clean

These chairs are always stunning with a Saarinen tulip table (on my 2015 Wish List!)

via Desire to Inspire


This Sputnik-type chandelier and open-base table also complement the chairs.

via La Dolce Vita


Vintage & Rustic

The look and feel of the chairs completely changes when paired with this rustic farm table.

via Design Sponge


They even look great painted – love the red on these.

via Casa Abril


How do you prefer your Thonet chairs?  With a more modern feel, or vintage & rustic?

If you have a spot for them – they are available in The Pursuing Vintage Shop!



Have you seen my parrots?


I have to give credit to my friend, Rachael, who corrected me – evidently they are cockatoos!  Either way – aren’t they beautiful?!

I think they would be perfect in this 1960’s-inspired Palm Beach dining room designed by Meg Braff.  Yes, Meg Braff, this is me telling you that your stunning room is missing these amazing birds!

via House Beautiful


And here’s a similar bird on this fabulous bar cart:

via The Glam Pad


Get the look!  My parrots cockatoos are available in The Pursuing Vintage Shop.