DIY French Style Seat Made From Two Old Chairs

I created this piece for the I found these two Louis style chairs and turned them into a French style sofa/seat by adding some mdf board and re-upholstering it all. I loved the shape of the chairs and did not want them covered (even though that was initially the plan). I am glad I stuck with the original features and refreshed them a little.
Here is the before picture of the chairs - scratched and broken
I removed the fabric and batting and fixed the two seats together by adding a few pieces of wood to the back of the legs and fixed them in place with some screws.
To bring the chairs together visually - I added an mdf board to the back in the shape, painted it all using chalk paint. I added the foam on the backs of the chair. I re-used the old wooden seats as a base and created a brand new seat from mdf board, put foam on and upholstered it. It was then glued in place
I added a moulding to give it the extra glamourous French look I was after!
I added some double welting for the accents and to bring the whole look together.
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  • Teresa
    on Jan 13, 2019

    Beautiful! Where did you find your fabric? It’s beautiful!

    • Suzanne Novoselac
      Suzanne Novoselac
      on Aug 17, 2020

      My mother had draperies like the fabric you have on the chairs. I made covers for the seats from the leftover fabric. I made her draperies and covers from upholstery material that was on sale! The fabric is 60 inches wide, so it's quite a bargain on sale.

  • Emmawilliams1
    on Aug 17, 2020

    it is beautiful..You said you found the chairs? At a thrift store or on the street..They still were quite nice, it seems...Beautiful job!

  • Donella R
    Donella R
    on Aug 18, 2020

    Did you make a video while you were upholstering the chairs? I have two chairs that I’m upholstering but I’m having difficulty completing the chair back.

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  • Bry
    on Aug 25, 2020

    Not my style but DANG they look good! Well done.

  • Jacx
    on Sep 3, 2020

    I adore these chairs, they are totally me! I love the French look. Just enough toile to suit! Hobby Lobby carries this style of fabric.

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