How to Create an Upholstered French Chair and a Pleated Skirt
First, paint or stain the wood on the chair to the desired color. I also decided to leave the caning on the chairs for added support instead of removing it. Next, add a good quality batting to the front and back of the caning. I then covered the edges surrounding the batting with a border to seal in the fabric with a nicer look.
Instead of purchasing heavy duty upholstery fabric for the recovering, I simply bought a $10 drop cloth I bought at Ace Hardware. I have loved working with drop cloths. They are very durable and a great cost saving option. And I also really wanted a neutral color, so this provided me with all my options.
Didn’t they turn out just lovely? I’m pretty happy with that $10 purchase, plus supplies. If you are afraid of that caning chair project, try this upholstered French chair instead!