Don’t Let Your Old Chairs Date You

by on July 3, 2012

The 80’s are over and it’s time for an update!

curved chairs before the new upholstery

Even though there are only two, my client uses these as dining table chairs.  I like her ability to innovate and not need 4 to 6 identical chairs.

They look really cute with a round table! (You’ll see.)

I met Molly 2 years ago while pulling invasive Ivy from her yard. We worked together on the ivy project and discussed a lot of  things during that time. I told her about my extensive background in residential upholstery and she showed me the furniture she wanted updated.

She asked me a lot of questions about the work that was needed on her chairs, including cushion rebuilding, and styling changes that will pull the pieces together as a unit.

When she was ready to get serious about the first of her pieces, she called me. She had already purchased fabric for her chairs and after I gave her a bid, we were ready to proceed.

Putting plaid fabric on a chair that has curves is a little tricky.

Curves and angles mean that the lines will not match up perfectly all the way around, but with care and planning you can still get a clean, cohesive look.

new fabric on an old chair breeds new life

You can see that the fabric lines up around the chair inside to outside, and down the front into the band, as well as from the seat into the outside arm.

The base welt was added to enhance the beauty of the curves on the bottom of the seat.

side view of newly upholstered chair

Molly is delighted with her “new” chairs!

Onto additional projects, we’re talking about a couch, chair and ottoman and I am helping Molly find fabric for them. She referred me to a neighbor for whom I have done a love seat, a wing chair and a couch repair . . . that’s word-of-mouth advertising at its finest. Thanks Molly!

I hope to have a long and mutually beneficial working relationship with Molly. She’s a single woman living on her own in a large house. It’s a lot to keep up with and I’m delighted to help her maintain the beauty and integrity of her wonderful home.

Whether she chooses to work along side me, or have me do a project on my own, we are developing a trusting relationship.

And that’s the way I like it.



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