Extreme Chair Makeovers – Project Reveal!!!

Aug 19, 2016

It’s Friday!! And, you know what that means…it’s time to reveal some Extreme Chair Makeovers from these talented and fabulous bloggers!

Please click on all these other wonderful designers and bloggers who have done their own chair makeovers! If you haven’t seen my chair redo’s from last week’s blog they are at the bottom! Before you leave, I would love your vote for the Amara Interior Blog Awards!  I am so honored to be up for this year’s short list!!! More information below!

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When I was asked to participate in the upcoming project design on Extreme Chair Makeovers, it started me thinking about all the chair makeovers I had done at my own home!  Although it would be wonderful going into a store and seeing the perfect chair with the perfect fabric, this rarely happens to me!!!

Here is just a small sampling of chairs which I have redone at my own home!!!

Project 1: Loving Lucite!!!


This is one of my favorite chair redos to date!! Loving Lucite, I thought these vintage chairs were cool for my dining room but something just wasn’t right. And not just the fabric, look at those casters!!!


I found these Lucite rods at Luxholdups on Etsy! They have so many options for finials or caps! Unbelievably, they were the exact same diameter as the chair arms and legs, so…

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I had my Lucite guy (everyone has one of those, right?) replace the casters with the curtain rod finials and the arms with simpler brass end caps. We then covered them in a Donghia fabric and I am thrilled with the transformation and my now one-of-a-kind chairs!!!

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Project 2: French Country!

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If you remember in my kitchen reveal, I showcased my breakfast room with a mix & match of French Country chairs!  But where did they start?

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I didn’t take before pictures of these but searching the web I found some similar ones! When you are looking for chairs, look at the lines and the sturdiness of them – the finish and upholstery can easily be changed!!! I found all of mine for under $150 each!!!


Here is one of the finished chairs.  The original chairs were shiny Mahogany and in separate need of a fabric redo. I just used an inexpensive muslin to cover the chairs and bordered each set of chairs a bit differently! This one has a tape to match and small French tacks! Some have double-cording, and one of the sets of two have a taupe banding with tacks!


I love the new finish; so much better for the room than when the chairs were stained!!! I double-scotch guarded them to help the fabric hold up to my messy eaters!!!


I love the eclectic mix of chairs! Keeping the same finish and fabric lends interest to the space without becoming busy!!

Design Project 3: Adding a Bit of Hollywood Glam!

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Trying to desperately to use what I have in my home renovation, I wanted to repurpose this French chair which was previously in my bedroom and give it to my daughter for her new space!


Look how it fits in so well to her new room!  She covered it in an inexpensive velvet from High Fashion Home! Kudos to Kirby for designing a beautiful room.  Now that she has moved out, it is a perfect retreat for guests.

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Painting them a light tone, glazing them and adding gold leaf really highlighted the delicate carving, which was lost in this chairs previous stained finish.

Design Project 4: Pretty in Pink!


Although these chairs were shiny mahogany when I found them and already have the updated finish, you can see by the condition of the fabric they were not in the best shape. Buying them for $75 each, they were worth the investment of a redo!!!


Covering them in a John Saladino blush pink mohair from Ken Kehoe & Co. completed their transformation!!!

Design Project 5: A Bit of Tuscany!


Finding this old school chair at a closing junk shop, I just had to buy it! Wanting something totally unique, I painted a Tuscan landscape on the wooden chair seat. There are so many stencils, as well, which would be such a fun diversion from fabric! Even though my schedule doesn’t allow for much travel, I think about my trip abroad when I pass my little school chair each day.

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xo, Leslie







  • Taste of France
    Posted at 07:27h, 19 August Reply

    Very interesting. I’m going to save this for the examples of the different fabrics.
    I like the softness of the white wood, but I think it works best when mixed with darker woods. Otherwise things get too matchy.

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 17:01h, 19 August Reply

      I’m glad you found some inspiration!!! Have a great weekend!

  • Lisa | Shine Your Light
    Posted at 08:12h, 19 August Reply

    Leslie! You have done some absolutely stunning chair makeovers! The lucite one, wow!!!!! Oh and yes I totally have a lucite guy, of course! (ok no I don’t. But I wish I did!) Your makeovers are inspiring as are your interiors. So pretty!

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 17:00h, 19 August Reply

      Hi Lisa!!! You are so sweet!! Thank you! I was so happy how those end caps worked perfectly!!! Have a great weekend and I so appreciate you following along!!

  • cindy hattersley
    Posted at 08:16h, 19 August Reply

    Leslie we are so honored to have you participate in our latest Project Design. Each chair is lovely in it’s own right and has your signature touch! Can”t wait for your book to come out!!

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 16:58h, 19 August Reply

      Its me that is honored!! All of your projects were perfection!!! xo

  • Design Chic
    Posted at 17:49h, 19 August Reply

    How do you even think of things like replacing casters with drapery rod finials – that’s brilliant! You are on e talented lady! Happy weekend, my friend!

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 08:05h, 23 August Reply

      It was an aha moment for sure!!! Hope your week is fab!!!

  • sherry hart
    Posted at 06:20h, 20 August Reply

    All of them are gorgeous! You can do no wrong:)

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 08:04h, 23 August Reply

      Haha–Ask my husband he might disagree!!! thanks for following along!!!

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