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The fate of these puppies is in your hands.

A while back, I scooped up these chairs in one of my favourite antique shops in Belleville, Ontario. They’re solid mahogany and came from a Montreal estate. They cost — brace yourselves — $50 each.

Photo February 8 Blog Reupholstering Chairs Vintage

I would have missed them altogether had I not heard my wife Sara say, “Those are weird dining chairs!”  Well, they might not be dining chairs, but they are the perfect occasional chairs for our living room. SOLD!

Photo February 8 Blog Reupholstering Chairs Side View

Now comes the tricky part: What to do with my little finds? You’ve probably seen this style of chair in the marketplace today. Lots of companies have reintroduced their classic shape in many fabric, stain, and paint combinations. I’ve got lots of inspiration to choose from, but what do I want to do with mine?

Do I keep it simple and maintain the mahogany wood, adding a rich solid velvet?

Photo February 8 Blog Reupholstering Chairs Blue Chair

Photo February 8 Blog Reupholstering Chairs Blue Living Room

Or, do I go with velvet and a painted finish?

Photo February 8 Blog Reupholstering Chairs White Chair

Photo February 8 Blog Reupholstering Chairs White Sitting Room

What about a light and bright painted finish and a striped fabric?

Photo February 8 Blog Reupholstering Chairs White Living Room

I’m leaning towards this last option, but I need your help! Please, cast your vote in the comments section below and make any new suggestions. Maybe I can get a little help from my fellow bloggers? Andrea Mills, I know you want to put your two cents in…

For more on vintage finds and DIY projects, read our 15 Budget Decorating Tips. Plus, see my online TV episode in which I transform some other vintage chairs with a trendy Ikat-style fabric and black paint!

Photo credits:
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Michael Penney
3-4. Regan Chair, Hickory Chair
5-6. Le Clerc Chair,
Hickory Chair
7. Hickory Chair

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