Sunday, March 20, 2011

Reupholstered Antique Wingback Chairs



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My husband received some antiques early in our marriage from his grandparents.  Included were 2 wingback chairs.  They were in horrific shape.  Not knowing what to do with them, I had them reupholstered on the cheap with a sort of dark-royal blue that looked sturdy.  After 16 years, they just did not match our decor very well.  I did not like them at all (OK, I admit that at times, I hated them!).  LOL.  I tried different accent pillows, throws, and shopped endlessly for potential fabric to recover them with to no avail.  For a while I wanted to change them out for bergere chairs in a funky graphic print for a while, but then I got this wild and crazy new area rug that got my brain ticking.  Anyway, the chairs were seriously looking saggy and I was so sick of them!  You can see them here when I was testing out different fabric swatches about 3 years ago (before I temporarily gave up!):


YUCK, right?


I searched for new area rugs for inspiration, got some advice here and there, but nothing really did it for me.  Also,as I have mentioned before I have a hubby who is a bit averse to change and feels that if something is functional, well then that is just fine enough (he does not really "get" my design addiction thing).  Thus, the chairs were meant to stay.  Once I decided on my rug, I decided that a dark gray/charcoal would be nice, because not only would they work with the rug, but that someday they would also be happy with a white slip covered sofa at my dream beach cottage (right?).  

I enlisted to help of an upholsterer who has done some previous work for me.  I designed the chairs so that the arms were a little different and I specified for black welting and nailhead trim for this go-round.  I think the upholsterer did beautiful work.  He even refinished the legs and completed strengthened and restuffed the insides of them.  :) 


Here is a close-up of the trim detail...I just love it!


And here is a shot of the living room with the dining room in the background...click on the picture to enlarge if you'd like...


And from our dining room looking at the living room (it is one long space instead of two separate rooms):




Overall, I am happy with how they turned out.  So sad that I used to shudder at them!  Now they are more comfortable, stylish, and open to more decorating possibilities since they are neutral.  :)


Thanks for reading.  :D

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  1. Hi Steph, I'm also in Socal and also a believer. I linked to the Nester as well. Love your chair!

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  2. Oh, your winged back chairs look wonderful. I love that fabric and I admit - I love winged backs and four! :)
    Your home is so pretty.
    Be a sweetie,
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  3. Hi Steph, I love your blog header photo. This is my first time to visit your blog. I'm coming via SSS. I linked up there, too, with a grape salad recipe. I live on the East Coast but I have been to southern California and thought it was just beautiful. Your wingback chairs look geat in your home.

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  4. Thank you all so much for the sweet comments!

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  5. I love the lines of this chair! We have a couple of chairs that need to be reupholstered. Hoping for the winning lottery ticket :)

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