Reupholstering of a Classic Bergere Chair

Chairished Furnishings
by Chairished Furnishings
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I always have my eye out for this style of chair and saw the potential in this beautifully worn Henredon Chair. Would you believe I got it for just $25?? The frame had virtually no wear, so I left the finish alone. Nope! Not one drop of paint for this baby!
As found on Craigslist
This is the photo featured on the original Craigslist ad. Initially $50, I passed it by because I have piles of unfinished furniture in storage. When it re-listed a month later for half the price, I could no longer ignore its underlying beautiful lines and superior quality.
Waverly Screen Printed Linen
While visiting my sister-in-law recently, I showed her my portfolio and a few items from my unfinished stash. She loved the Henredon chair and was in search of an accent chair to place in her living room. We searched through from my phone and agreed on this print for her new chair. The colors were exactly the right combination she needed to tie in with her art and other accessories
Laying the fabric onto the seat for placement
I was in a hurry to finish the chair before my next trip to see my sister-in-law so didn't take a complete set of step by step photos. Just look through my other posts, which cover several steps not shown here
Close up of turned under edges that were stap
To reinforce the staple line, and prevent the fabric from unraveling, I turned under all the edges of the fabric and stapled close to the edges
Getting the pattern centered on the back
Back installed and seat repadded and covered in muslin. Ready for final layer of fabric
Positioning the print so that it aligns and continues from the back.
Completely updated with new fabric.
Another view
I used decorative braid, which I glued over the staple line using a hot glue gun. Be careful not to apply too much glue or it will seep through the braid.
In its new home. Sister-in-law loves this piece and so do I. I had a hard time parting with it but know it is well appreciated
In the living room
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  • Decorative braided gimp   (Mill End)
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  • Cathy Cathy on Apr 22, 2023

    I’m in love with this beautiful chair. The fabric you chose to use is just gorgeous. Great Job!

    • Chairished Furnishings Chairished Furnishings on May 20, 2023

      Thanks so much! I still love the fabric we chose and feel it was the perfect choice for the look she had in mind.

  • Jacki Jacki on Apr 06, 2024

    Great job love it color is just perfect