Toile Chair Makeover

This toile chair makeover is very easy to do and you can transform any wooden chair in to a French chair.
Toile Chair Makeover with a white wooden chair.

Toile fabric is so quintessentially French and I’ve always wanted to use it on a chair. This pastoral toile fabric went perfectly with smoky grey paint so it was the perfect combination. I picked up a pair of wooden chairs for $10 at a local thrift shop and started the DIY chair makeover.

Two wooden chairs with velvet blue seats in front of the front door.

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I used Bedford which is a great light grey and Champlain, my favourite cream,  for the details in the wooden legs.

This pastoral French toile fabric is no longer available in black and cream but I found it here in a beautiful taupe.

The toile fabric and mineral paint on the floor.

After taking apart all the upholstered pieces, I simply painted the bistro chairs and used clear furniture wax after to seal it. I didn’t sand the chairs before or anything.

The toile fabric on the chair.

I removed the old blue fabric from the back and seat boards, then used it as a template for the new sophisticated French fabric and stapled the new toile fabric on.

Chairs like these have got to be the easiest piece of upholstered furniture to learn on.

Easy Upholstery Tutorial graphic.

You can find my easy upholstery tutorial here.

Toile fabric backed chair.
Toile fabric chair beside a wooden side table.

They look perfect in my pied-à-terre, don’t they?

Grey and white toile fabric chair beside a side table.

I’m still not sure if I am keeping them yet or selling them. But I do love them!

A toile chair beside a wooden side table with  a galvanized bucket on top.

What do you think of my toile chair makeover? Do you want to makeover some chairs today?

Vintage Girls Furniture Makeovers graphic.

Visit all the Vintage Girls makeovers:

So Much Better With Age  | Anderson and GrantMaison de Pax

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Toile Chair Makeover poster.








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  1. So pretty Jamie!!! I’m keep shying away from Bedford because it looks so different in the bottle but I love everything I see it on. I love the added detail with the white on the legs….Champlain is my favorite white, too 🙂

  2. I love these! What a wonderful job! I have also absolutely fallen in love with Fusion Mineral Paint! (favourite colour is definitely Inglenook<3) Thanks for posting these great makeovers.

  3. I love Liberty Blue and ash but I’m in love with many of the colors. I hope Fusion will come out with a coral and lime green soon!

  4. Love the chairs! I painted my first chair yesterday… easy and turned out great!
    I have read about Fusion paint, and I would love to try it. I follow your blog on Bloglovin and really enjoy your posts. Keep up the great work (fun!)!

  5. I just bought my first house all by myself and have been painting all the things. This is a great idea for some chairs I have sitting around!

  6. I have one chair from thrift shop I need to redo and that gray looks so pretty, think will be the color for that chair. Been waiting for something to tell me how to redo chair and think your chairs have inspired the right direction. So thanks and so glad you shared your gorgeous chairs. Hope can find some wonderful toile similar to yours for the seat. Now to find the chair in our shed, ugh. So hot and nasty out there .I avoid it untlI I need a book.
    Great job on your chairs. Happy weekend

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