DIY Dining Chair

Dining chairs can be hard to fine. They are either too expensive or have a mass produced look about them. I turned to eBay to find a more traditional dining chair design. I didn’t have to look far before I stumbled on the Louis dining chair. The Louis has been replicated many times throughout the years. Many would be familiar with the Louis ghost chair. I am not sure how the 1770’s French monarch influenced furniture design, but I am very fond of the Louis XVI chair.

I found a set of four rattan back Louis chairs for just $80. This would be my first DIY project for our new home.





I used a vintage ticking stripe fabric and scollop lace trim, reminiscent of a favourite top I wore as a young girl.

The Paint: Lightly sand the chairs and apply a coat of BIN primer on the rattan back and frame. I finished with two coats of semi gloss white. Approx 1 hour per coat / chair.

The upholstery: I applied the ticking fabric straight over the existing fabric (the foam was still in good condition). I used a hand held staple gun to fix the fabric tightly in place on the frame. I then trimmed the excess fabric. I used a hot glue gun to apply the lace/ scallop trim. The trim hides all messy edges – piece of cake for a first timer.

Antique Louis XVI chairs sell for upwards of $1,000 and high end retailers such as Coco Republic still replicate this design.