Fab Find: Louis XV Style Chairs

February 14, 2011

For quite some time I've been looking for some more furniture for my living room.  I have a couch (which has its own long story) but that's pretty much it, and the space looks a little bare and forlorn.  Having so little furniture also makes figuring out furniture placement difficult, so what I do have is pushed unimaginatively against the walls.

My decorating budget isn't huge (let's be honest - it's teeny-weeny), so I've been trolling both Kijiji and Craigslist in the hopes that someone would be selling something that would fit perfectly in my space at an excellent price.  Chances of finding the perfect piece are admittedly quite slim, but a girl can dream right?

Over the past little while there have been a few things that have caught my eye, but as is the case with items posted on either site you have to act QUICKLY as you can be sure if the item attracted you, it's caught someone else's notice as well.

On Friday morning I was surfing Kijiji when I came across a posting that immediately drew my attention. The only issue was the item was located in Cambridge which is 85km west of Toronto, and I don't have a car. Fortunately I have recently become a member of Zipcar.ca which is a car sharing service in Toronto.  This was the perfect opportunity to try it out.

Anyways, to make a long story short - here is what I successful in procuring:
My new Louis XV style chairs

And the best part?  The Price.  Would you believe that these were purchased for $75 for the PAIR???  When you factor in the $35 I spent on the car rental, I got both chairs for a total cost of $110!!!  Woohoo!!

Now of course I have to figure out what to do with them.  They obviously need to be cleaned and reupholstered, but I need to decide if I should paint them, or just leave the wood stained.  That decision will probably be made after I clean them up and take a closer look at the condition of the current finish.  I'm open to suggestions if anyone has them.

In the meantime I'm going to daydream about what my new chairs could become with a little elbow grease from yours truly, and hopefully a lot less money than what the chairs in the inspiration shots below cost.  Unsurprisingly, I absolutely LOVE #4 - but who'd spend that much on one chair?
Louis XV chair Inspiration collage
1. Elte 2.Anthropologie, $798 USD 3.Elte 4.Dransfield and Ross, $3,125 USD 5.Restoration Hardware, $329 USD (on sale) 6.Anthropologie, $498 USD

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  1. HI.............. Where's the after pics? Did you get them finished yet? I'm the one you bought them from in Cambridge, I can't believe I stumbled upon your blog! You've picked up some great pieces- love your tall veneer dresser too. I'm finishing most of my pieces in Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint now- no sanding needed! It was recomended on so many blogs I just had to give it a try.

  2. Hi Ruth,
    I have to admit that I haven't done anything with the chairs yet (hangs head in shame). In my defence, i'm having difficulty finding the right fabric.to inspire the transformation, but they're at the top of my list of things to accomplish in the New Year - I'll let you now when I'm finished :)

  3. I know it is way old, but I was searching Louis Style Chairs and yours popped up. have you done a transformation yet?

    Would love to see them.

    Mr. Goodwill Hunting

  4. Er, well, um. Sigh. Alright I admit it, I haven't done anything with them :(

    Boo me. They're on my list of things to get done this year I swear!

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