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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Before/After Chairs

I spotted two of these blue chairs at an estate sale in Palo Alto last summer and convinced my sister to purchase them (for $30 bucks each). I saw the chairs' potential..... truly authentic 1940's chairs...the real deal... and not reproductions ..no sirree.

Well, to make a long story short, I ended up buying the chairs from my sister and proceeded to pick out fabric to have them recovered by my favorite upholstery shop in Mountain View (Sterling). It turns out that Sterling had recovered the chairs over 45 years ago..for we found their tag on the bottom of the seat.

Here is a picture of the chairs as I was staining the wood (I wanted to get rid of the a natural maple look):

I took them back to Sterling for them to do their magic.....and whaaalaa....the finished product:

These chairs are so comfortable. I love the curved backs, I love the darker stain. I love the natural "linen" fabric. I love how easy it is to move them around. I love how they provide added seating in the room without taking up too much space. I guess you might say, I am pleased and it feels so good to bring them back to life.


Martha said...

K- check your email. I just sent you a picture of one of the chairs when it was still blue and living in my garage.

mj said...

beeeeautiful! ryan hates when i take on projects like this...but he always loves the end product. he just doesn't have my vision. :)

Natalie said...

Nice! I guess I saw the "after" when I was at your house. I'll have to see a pic of the before. :)

Anonymous said...

I'm speechless...they're fabulous!


Gayle Price said...

Karen, your vision and style turned these great chairs into real beauties. I love the dark stain and the linen. Can't wait to see them!