How to Upcycle Antique French Fauteuil Chairs

A detailed step by step tutorial to revamp antique French Fauteuil Chairs using paint techniques & reupholstery. By Amanda Klipp of Vintage Revamped.


– Sugar Soap & Sponge – Annie Sloan Graphite Chalk Paint – Dark Silver Metallic Paint – Silver Metallic Paint – Water Based Clear Gloss Sealer

Step 1: Preparing Chairs for Painting

Using the staple remover and pliers, lift and remove all studs and staples from the fabric covering your chairs.

Step 2: Painting the Chairs

Using an Annie Sloan Chalk Brush, I painted two coats of Annie Sloan Graphite.

Step 3: Upholstery – Inside of Backrest & Backrest Support

Using the removed inside backrest fabric as a template, pin it onto any fairly strong upholstery fabric.

Step 4: Upholstery – Cutting & Attaching Foam

To add the foam start by measuring the inside of the back rest frame.

Step 5: Upholstery – Back Rest Fabric

Cut 2x pieces of new fabric for the inside backrest, using the old inside backrest fabric as template.