A Grandmillennial Furniture Makeover
December 13, 2023

A Grandmillennial Furniture Makeover

It’s been a hot minute since we’ve shared a good ole’ fashioned furniture makeover here. So sit back and get ready, because this one is good! And this particular project covers all the bases - lacquer, upholstery, design modifications and an overall new vision.

I acquired this set of chairs awhile ago and let them sit in my warehouse. They were so good, that I was having what some like to call ‘design paralysis’ when deciding how to make them over. There were too many options, that I couldn’t choose just one.


After about a million different iterations, we finally decided to lean in on the feminine silhouette and go for classic and pretty. I really wanted to play off the scallops and the delicate frame.

For the fabric we went with a timeless chintz from Schumacher. The print is such a pretty combination of rich indigo hues, warm greens and soft lavender accents. We didn’t want the color of the frame to compete with the fabric, so we selected Elephant’s Breath by Farrow & Ball - a warm, uplifting grey. To break up the fabric and the frame, we chose a Peacock Blue velvet cording. With the design details confirmed, it was time to rip these chairs apart!

The chairs had a great overall construction with spring coils underneath the foam cushion. However, they were old, and needed some serious reinforcement as well as replacing all the interior foam.

And given the unique style, the chairs are perfect for a multitude of uses, from dining chairs to a desk chair, or just a pretty accent chair to fill an empty corner.

From dark and dated to elegant and inviting, these chairs really were the ugly duckling that transformed into a swan. Two of these beauties have already flown south where they’ll now reside in sunny Palm Beach. The remaining two are currently available - for now anyways!