How to Reupholster a French Armchair

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I painted this yard sale French armchair gold and recovered it in a lime- chartreusey green leopard fabric with roping trim.
BEFORE- This French armchair had beautiful lines and wood to start with, but I wanted to turn it into a statement piece for this Master Bedroom.
A few years ago, when I first found this chair, I made a pattern by cutting dropcloth and draping & cutting it to fit the chair. I really liked the neutral look it gave our Master bedroom for a while.
I wanted a change, so I painted the wood white, but after seeing it in the space with the fabric, I was not happy with the results.
I bought this leopard fabric and rope trim to turn the chair into a statement piece in the Master bedroom.
Then I decided to paint the chair gold, for some WOW factor. This was a definite learning experience ( you can read more details on my blog )
The chair with the gold really gives the bedroom a beautiful finishing touch. I made a pillow out of some coral velvet fabric, then added some tan/black Greek key trim to give it some depth.
I think the gold really accentuates the pretty lines of this French armchair. Recovering it was really easy once a pattern was made- just lay the dropcloth pattern on the new fabric, cut, and staple on top of the original fabric. For more details on the painting and reupholstering process, visit this blogpost at

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