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5 impressive chair makeovers

5 impressive chair makeovers

Five chairs on their last legs each get a chic style makeover. Author: Daniel Harrison

DIY Projects

5 impressive chair makeovers

Style at Home teamed up with upholstery house Switch Studio and spray painting shop Paint It Like New to breathe life into five outdated chairs that were standing on their last legs.


From funky to elegant, sexy to sweet, these thrones are nothing like what they used to be: outdated and drab. Check out these five chairs (some of which you probably have at home) Style at Home revamped with upholstery house Switch Studio and spray painting shop Paint It Like New.




Before: Barrel chair
We love the caning and bamboo-look legs of this Hollywood Regency-style barrel chair so we decided to add some elegance. 


After: Barrel chair
Layers of soft neutrals -- the ultimate in easy elegance -- highlight the graceful lines of this vintage beauty. A solid neutral taupe wool graces its front and back, while a subtle beige and cream ticking stripe linen marks the seat. For a streamlined, modern look, the original tufting detail was edited out. 

FABRIC Striped linen 30816, Kravet Canada.
FABRIC Nature Collection wool Nature in Taupe, Kobe Interior Products.
CHAIR FRAME PAINT Sedate Grey SW6169, Sherwin-Williams.


Before: Louis-style chair
We decided this traditional Louis-style chair needed some modern sex appeal.


After: Louis-style chair
Feminine meets masculine in this sultry head-turner. While the main fabric is an über-femme hot pink velvet, the white faux leather racing stripe recalls a luxury sports car. Likewise, the ornately carved frame is coated in a handsome charcoal grey. The juxtaposition amounts to a look that's both fetching and fun.

CHAIR Louis-style, Take It Or Leave It.
FABRIC Cotton Charmed in Cactus Flower and faux leather Harley in Marshmallow, Kobe Interior Products.
CHAIR FRAME PAINT Peppercorn SW7674, Sherwin-Williams


Before: Parlour chair
We love the low-slung, angled frame of this antique parlour chair so we updated its floral appeal.


After: Parlour chair
A large-scale multicoloured Designers Guild floral takes centre stage here. For an extra kick, the vivacious peony-patterned linen was paired with a bright teal frame and Beetlejuice-like black and white stripes. Bold on bold on bold, this regal antique's daring combination is true to fabric queen Tricia Guild's signature style.

FABRIC Designers Guild Pavonia linen Pandora, Primavera.
FABRIC Striped cotton Canopy in Black, Tonic Living.
CHAIR FRAME PAINT Really Teal SW6489, Sherwin-Williams.


Before: Chiavari-style chair
We love this classic Chiavari-style chair's detailed spindles and elegant curved wood legs so we added a fairy tale twist.


After: Chiavari-style chair
With a petite pattern and a colour name like Candyfloss, this cotton fabric is perfect for creating a little lady's perch, whether she's hosting a tea party or reading her favourite fairy tale. Swathed in the sweetest of pinks, the chair's spindles pop, while the lovely curve of the seat is accentuated by cream grosgrain ribbon overlaid with matching pink nailheads.

CHAIR Châtelet, Chatelet Home.
FABRIC Cotton Doodle in Candyfloss, Designer Fabrics.
RIBBON TRIM Cream silk grosgrain 50 000 in 2, Mokuba.
CHAIR FRAME PAINT Jaipur Pink SW6577, Sherwin-Williams.


Before: Vintage armchair
We love the combination of carved and turned details on the frame of this vintage furniture find so we updated its colour and fabric pattern. 


After: Vintage armchair
A notice-me-red frame gives this old perch instant wow factor. The bold hue also highlights the chair's artisanal-look carvings, which could swing toward folksy but don't thanks to the trendy chevron upholstery. Though graphic, the linen's patterned upholstery appears subtle in this subdued white and grey colourway.

FABRIC Jonathan Adler linen Limitless in Smoke, Kravet Canada.
CHAIR FRAME PAINT Heartthrob SW6866, Sherwin-Williams.


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