A Simple Makeover


June 17, 2016 by Terry

Sometimes I come across pieces that are in beautiful condition but could still use a ‘little something’ to update it or really bring out it’s beauty.

This chair is one of those pieces.  The upholstery was in beautiful condition with little to no wear on it.  I had been considering changing the upholstery on it ONLY because it was pink, and pink didn’t really go with my decor.



… as you can see it is in pristine condition.  I can’t really justify ripping it apart now can I?

So I decided to ‘sit’ on the decision (no pun intended!) of what I was going to do with it for a little longer.

Then a week or so ago I was approached about taking part in a bridal photoshoot to be submitted to a magazine.  I was asked to contribute some of my furniture pieces to be used in the shoot.  This chair popped into my mind and right away I knew it would be perfect all glammed up with gold details.

I decided to gold leaf all the wood on it and soon realized that gold leafing anything is NOT my gift, nor did I have the patience to do it!  But from the parts I did do, it made the chair look stunning!  I decided to opt out for liquid leafing it instead and in hindsight wish I would have saved myself the time and money by just going that route to begin with.

True gold leaf was stunning but this looked beautiful as well.

I love the way the gold reflects the colour of the chair’s upholstery!  Doesn’t it just drip with romance now?  Perfect for a bridal photo shoot!


I am loving this chair now  …  but sadly it still doesn’t fit in my home.




So as you can see, you don’t have to take drastic measures like completely ripping a chair apart to give it a new and dramatic look.  It can be as simple as updating the frame with paint and the colour you choose will decide how dramatic the change will be!

Do you have any pieces that might just need a little paint to make a big change?




(BTW:  I will be sharing a few behind the scenes photos from that photoshoot soon!)


13 thoughts on “A Simple Makeover

  1. tennisqueen says:

    love this chair!


    • Terry says:

      Thank you so much! I am happy it turned out looking so good! I love how the gold compliments the blush colour. I hope you have an amazing day!



  2. Quandie says:

    Love that update!


  3. Oh wow Terry, I can’t believe how much the liquid leaf compliments the original fabric and makes the chair look very current and expensive. I can’t wait to see some photos of the wedding shoot. Sounds like it went well. Enjoy your weekend! xo


    • Terry says:

      Thank you so much Marie! I can’t wait to share more on the photoshoot if I could only find a few extra hours in the day to sit down and post them ;) Things are so crazy busy here with the kid’s last week of school etc. that I may just need to take a break from it all soon to catch up! I hope you have an amazing day!


  4. What a great vision you had updating this chair with gold. It now shines rather than hides in the corner. Beautiful!


  5. Sometimes I think we do have to reinstall ourselves in , take a step back and just make it even prettier with a simple solution. The chair looks gorgeous.


    • Terry says:

      Thank you Deb! Sometimes we overcomplicate things when the answer can be so simple. I usually feel like I need to do major work on something in order to make over a piece …. obviously now I’ve learned that is not the case ;) I hope you have a great week!


  6. Beautiful, beautiful vignette. xx Jo


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Thank you so much Larissa @prodigalpieces for tagging me in today's #trashure fun!  I don't know that this French chair was trash to begin with but it certainly did make its way into being a treasure indeed! This is my most recent makeover!💕#makeover #beautiful #statementpiece #upholstery #frenchchair There are 2 sides to everything and in this makeover too!  Velvety glam on the front and a modern statement in peacock feathers hugging the back!  Soooo pretty! 💕💕#thecuratorscollection #obsessed #sofine #soglam #feathers #velvet #statementpiece #beautiful #makeover #upholstery I am obsessed!! These (there are 2!) might just be the most luxurious chairs I have ever re upholstered! Gorgeous metallics mixed with luxurious fine velvets!  Wait till you see the backside of these chairs!  They will be delivered to their home tomorrow morning!  Can't wait!! #luxury #glamglow #makeover #upholstered #stunning #thecuratorscollection #soglam #sofine #obsessed Okay... here's a peek at the "during" of these two sweet chairs. They were  my client's Nana's chairs and it is my hope that Nana would be pleased with this makeover. #nanaschair #thecuratorscollection #makeover #upholstered #velvet #newlook #soglam #metallic So this is what has been keeping me busy these days... actually there are 2 of them! Without giving away what they look like now I thought I would share what the choices for fabric were first. My client chose the print for the backside and the velvet for the front side with exquisite soft pink velvet for the welting and the arms. I also gave the orange looking wood a glamorous look with some warm silver metallic paint. I hope to share with you soon! I don't want to share the reveal before the owner has had a chance to see them :). #thecuratorscollection #upholstered #makeover #velvet #soglam #mynanas Soooooo this is my current situation.... I'm on sewing machine number three in 2 days and a deadline nearing the end in 4 days! 😬 I SWEAR ITS NOT ME! Lol... hubby is trying to fix mine after bringing me home one from one of his co-worker's wife's ... how sweet is he? 💕huge shout out of gratitude to Mrs. Schafer for helping me in a pinch! 😘🌷#stressfulday #sewing #upholstery #deadlines #sweetpeople #thankyou #gratitude

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