Vintage Chairs Modern Makeover

Vintage Chairs Modern Makeover

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Not long ago, I happened upon two of the most gorgeous mid-century chairs I’ve ever seen. They were found in a flip that one of my contractors was helping out with. Knowing about my upholstery obsession and my love for giving old things life again, he called me up and asked if I wanted them. (There were six…) Ummmm “YES.”

Vintage Chair Makeover

Vintage Chair Makeover

The reason I was so over the moon about these chairs is because of the scalloped backs. Channeling and Scallops are on the verge of being all the rage right now when it comes to upholstery. Although tufting is still HUGE, the scalloped backs, the channeling… I’m telling you, it’s about to over take tufting in a big way. It’s a nod to the beautiful details of years past that is making it’s way around again.

As a decorator, I get asked to do fun projects all the time. But it’s one project in particular that I knew these would be perfect for. (After a little love of course. )

This year I’m participating in the Okalahoma Designer Show House. It’s my first year participating and I knew that I really wanted to make a splash with my room. The first thing that came to mind were those chairs. With all their spinning channeled amazingness. So first things first were to find out who the chairs were made by.

I’m a little ashamed to admit this, but the first thing I did was rip the fabric off the bottoms. I know. Whyyyyy??? I was looking for markings of any kind. Chairs with original tags or distinctive features are far more desirable than those without. On these particular pieces, I was looking for brass finishing around the bottoms.

No luck unfortunately. However, had there been tags or any distinctive marks, I would have made sure that my rock star upholstery gal Krista from All in One Piece Upholstery kept them intact.

Then it was on to fabric. (The most important part.) I wanted these chairs to stand out in the show house. I knew that I wanted velvet. Velvet is still in, and it adds texture. Where as many other parts of my space are flat. Velvet with it’s warm, soft, feel is so comforting to sink in to. So after pouring over fabric.com’s incredible selection, I placed an order for samples.

Once samples arrived, I carefully matched the green velvets against my wallpaper.

Vintage Chair Makeover

Sure enough, this one was dead on. It accented the wallpaper so nicely. And if only you could FEEL how soft it is.

Vintage Chair Makeover

Vintage Chair Makeover

As soon as fabric arrived, I hauled the chairs off to be reupholstered. And in less than a week they were in the back of a truck and in the Designer Show House. And luckily, there was enough fabric left over for a custom channeled bench too! Stay tuned for my “bench story” and before and afters of this incredible piece. Can’t wait to share!

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