UPDATING A TRADITIONAL DINING CHAIR

Back with another project from the "Parisian Chic" apartment that we're working hard to wrap by Christmas!  

We were in need of a set of dining chairs to pair with a minimalist brass base + glass top dining table that we scored at one of my fave antique shops in Silverlake.  No photo for you yet, but it's very similar to this shape and style, in a larger oval dining table size ...
Arteriors Ansel Oval Table
In keeping with the "Paris Salon" spirit of the project, I was really feeling that adding some classic french-style dining chairs along the lines of these would be just the thing ...

Restoration Hardware 
This is not a "neutral nelly" project though ... my client is young and fashion-forward and we're definitely infusing her space with lots of strong shots of color and style.  So I went on the hunt for some traditional dining chairs that I could then update with a colorful twist, like this ...

Christine D'Ornano's London Townhouse / Elle Decor

Christine D'Ornano's London Townhouse / Elle Decor Espana

Over the weekend I finally came upon these guys and snatched them up immediately.  Love the shape! 


The chairs were $250 for a set of 4, and in that scenario you can always find a different but complementary pair of chairs to use at the head and foot of the table if you have an oval or rectangle instead of a round table.  Another Craigslist search turned up these ... see how the shape really works with the shape of the chairs above?


Now just to pick a bright, saturated color for re-upholtery and paint out the frames (probably in white), and you'll see these in action very soon!

If you're considering doing something similar, I definitely recommend searching Craigslist with search terms like "antique chairs," "vintage chairs," "french chairs," or "italian chairs."  You have to fish around a bit but there are tons of options on there.  

Or if you're taking a different approach I think these reproductions by Cost Plus World Market are probably the lowest-priced "new" option out there.  They actually come in some good bright colors, but they'd also be easy to update with your own fabric.

World Market Paige Chairs

Hope you're having a good week!

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1 comment:

ramdin khan said...

Great Blog !!!
All the chair designs are great, most of design are very impressive.
We have best collections of traditional dining chair.
Thanks for sharing such nice post..

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