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  1. That’s gorgeous, Lory. I need to find an upholsterer around here to transform a chair, too. I love the textured neutral fabric you chose and the nailheads.

    1. I love the chair, and the liitle peek at the room. The wood appears to be in good condition, so I would hold off painting it until that changes. The chair is elegant as it is. Having said that, I think gold leaf rubbed into the design similar to the mirror frame would also be gorgeous.

    2. Thanks, Kim! I think one of the things that held me off was that I didn’t have an upholsterer that I was familiar with, but I just bit the bullet and picked one nearby… πŸ™‚ Now I have a few more pieces in the basement I may re-look at.

  2. I’m so happy to see this. We have a very similar chair that came from my husband’s grandmother’s house. I also have white matelasse but I’m a little worried about it getting dirty. Are you worried? Can’t wait to get it done. πŸ™‚

    1. Ha ha… I never worry about white furniture getting dirty. My whole house is upholstered in white, including the outdoor furniture! I brought up 2 kids and a dog in a house with white couches. My theory is use it, be careful, and when it gets dirty, clean it… lol. I figure you’re not going to want tan furniture or any other color furniture to stay dirty either, so you may as well get the color you want. That said, this chair is also in a room that’s not often used and my son is pretty neat even when he is here. Now, if it was my daughter’s room with all her makeup and nail polishes… that would be another story! πŸ˜‰ (Her room will be revealed soon in an upcoming post.)

  3. Ellie LaJuett says:

    I would not paint the chair. I think the fabric and the nailheads give it a stunning look, and set off the wood beautifully. I think painting it would take away from the charm that it has now. I think of the craftsman who carved that beautiful wood and brought a tree to life. Painting furniture is overdone, it’s like taking the nature beauty from a fine piece of jewelry. I have painted what I call curbside furniture that could not be savaged in any other way. Love the room where the chair holds court!

    1. Thanks, Ellie! I know a lot of people feel strongly about leaving wood without paint. I actually enjoy having some variety in a room, so while I do love wood patinas, I also enjoy beautiful paint techniques. For now I’m leaving it, but there’s a lot of dark wood in this room. Once its done I will reveal it all and will likely ask the question again… πŸ™‚

  4. I have no problem with painted furniture and have painted several pieces myself. However, in this case I love the chair as it is now. It is so elegant looking, the wood has a wonderful patina and it looks to be in fantastic shape. At any rate, I’m so happy you rescued and restore it. It’s lovely.

    1. Thanks so much, Jeannie! Yes, I think I’ll live with it for a while. What’s really motivating me towards painting, though, is that I think all the highs and lows and nooks and crannies lend themselves perfectly to an interesting paint technique. But I’m definitely not ready for it. Look how long it took me to even re-upholster it!

  5. Don’t touch that chair! It’s gorgeous. I saved pictures of it to my picture folder because I have one almost identical to it that I need to reupholster myself. I think, at some point, we going to regret having painted all this beautiful wood. The painted wood fad will fade out of style, and stripping it away, to get back to the unpainted wood look is going to be a nightmare. Trust me…it’s just a fad. In my opinion, I’ve seen so many beautiful pieces of furniture ruined by people wanting to be trendy and painting everything in sight. It’s just too homogenous for me. I love the warmth wood tones bring. So many of the rooms I see on decorating blogs currently look so antiseptic, not to mention without luster. (Nothing sucks the life out of a room like that flat, lifeless chalk paint. Just my opinions. I’m so traditional. LOL)

    1. Thanks! Glad you love the chair… πŸ™‚ I, too, enjoy wood patinas, but I also love beautiful painted surfaces. In a room, I enjoy a mix, because too much dark wood can be as monotonous as too much painted wood. I’m still not sure about this particular chair, but it’s interesting that you think of painted furniture as a fad or a trend. I always view it as quite the opposite, given that painted furniture traces back hundreds of years (i.e. French gilding, Gustavian painting, etc). In fact those are the inspirations current paint techniques are looking to mimic. To me, it seems modern trends tend to avoid color, celebrating neutrals and natural wood. I think there’s a place for both, hence my indecision about the chair… πŸ˜‰

  6. Kathy Simonson says:

    The chair is beautiful and I love the contrast of the dark wood with the very light fabric. It’s a stunning piece!

  7. It is beautiful!!! Leave it alone as it is the perfect finish as is!!!

    1. Thanks, Jeanie! At the very least I will enjoy it as is for a while, if not for good… πŸ˜‰ Once I complete the room I’ll share it here again. Thanks for stopping by!!

  8. Linda Green says:

    Sorry to disagree have a similar one in my garage. Paint that baby. Linda

    1. Ha ha, you’re not disagreeing with me… πŸ˜‰ I probably lean towards the painting camp, although I can enjoy it both ways. I like a mix of finishes in a room and this room already has a lot of dark wood. I also think the carving and crevices would lend well to an interesting paint technique. I do think I will live with it for a while until I completely decide. Thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment!!

  9. Vicki Daugherty says:

    What an absolutely stunning chair! It made my heart flutter when it appeared. I am an ‘antique’ lover and as such, would not paint, but you know your room best, so I’ll leave that decision to you. If it was mine….it would stay exactly like it is! Thanks for sharing this beautiful piece. Vicki in- almost- no- snow- now- Louisville Ky

    1. Thank you so much, Vicki! (I love the pleasant way you share your opinion, btw… ;-)) And you’re so lucky about the snow! Can’t wait until ours is gone. Thanks for stopping by!!

  10. I have a chair fetish so of course I love it! The frame is gorgeous, and so is the fabric, a beautiful marriage.

  11. Wow, what a beautiful makeover. You’re right, the gorgeous fabric is stunning with the dark wood! I like how he added nail heads over the gimp upholstery ribbon for added detail.

    1. Thanks, Marie! Yes, I love the look of nail heads on a feminine chair, because I think they add balance and interest. The originals actually had nail heads too, but we added new ones. Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment… πŸ™‚

  12. I am addicted to French Chairs and your chair is beautiful indeed! It is beautifully upholstered! I hope you enjoy a great weekend!
    Smiles!
    Terry

  13. Lory,
    Gorgeous transformation!!!
    I love the dark wood on your chair!!!
    If it were lighter wood, I’d say go for it and paint it!!!
    Since there are to be more masculine patterns in the room,
    the darker wood tone will give the room a more gender friendly appearance!!!
    I’ll be watching for a reveal!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat

    1. Thanks, Pat! I think I might agree. Because of the curves and recesses in the piece, I think it would be a natural for paint, but given the room setting, I may just leave it. Can always change it later… πŸ˜‰ Thanks for following along!!

  14. I have gilded a couple chairs and have natural linen fabric and love the look ! But, it looks pretty now—I’d live with it for awhile and you may see something on Pinterest that catches your eye !

  15. Gorgeous! Beautiful chair and the fabric is perfect…lovely!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

  16. It’s great when you can see the potential in something. You have done an absolutely fabulous job with this chair, you have turned it into a beautiful timeless classic.

  17. Pam Kearns says:

    I love just the way it turned out. Often , we overdo it with the paint. Then it becomes too busy for our rooms. I would keep it just as is! Nice job!

    1. Thanks so much, Pam! I would probably love it both ways, but since it’s already done with the dark wood and looks lovely with the white, I will likely keep it that way… πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!!

  18. Your chair is gorgeous! and I’m so glad I found this post. I will soon be dropping off my two old, but not antique, very dark wood little French chairs at the upholsterer’s with very light (bisque) matelasse fabric, similar to yours. I’ve been second guessing myself about the fabric being too light for the dark wood and that the aged brass nailheads would stand out too much until I read this post. You’ve made me a LOT calmer. I will also add that I LOVE florals with menswear fabrics.

    1. Thanks, Annie! Yes, I was certainly unsure at first too, but I’m really happy with the way it came out. In fact, if the room wasn’t so “creamy”, I’d likely even gone whiter. Sometimes I think white against dark wood can be so beautiful. And yes, the florals with menswear is definitely left over from my Ralph Lauren days… πŸ™‚

  19. Norma Rolader says:

    A beautiful chair and oh how gorgeous it turned out thank you for sharing

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