Mid-Century Chair Project – Uncovering Hidden Wood Trim!

20131004-172943.jpgWhat’s not to love about classic mid-century chairs?

20131004-173044.jpgWhen the client sent me the photos of these chairs (there are two), I thought they looked pretty nice…a closer look revealed the ugly truth.

20131004-173200.jpgThe foam was definitely original…I found a tag that dated it at “1958”. That is some old foam.

20131004-173350.jpgBut look what else I found!!! The original amazing fabric underneath. How cool were these chairs in 1958!

20131004-173515.jpgI absolutely love finding the original fabric on old furniture. It is better than Christmas morning for me. But that’s not all! Look what else I found!!

20131004-173658.jpgAll that beautiful wood trim. This is like Christmas morning + winning gobs of cash with a scratch and win kind of joy!

20131004-174011.jpgOf course, I had to strip all the old varnish off the arms and legs, and refinish all the wood, but it was worth it to reveal the wood that, obviously, was originally designed to be shown.

20131004-174242.jpgNext step: Replace all the old foam with new, high-density foam, and bonded polyester.

20131004-174408.jpgThe seat got 4″ of foam, the back got 2″.

20131004-174526.jpgI decided to use the backside of the fabric for the piping, to add contrast and enhance the shape.

20131004-174701.jpgSo, what do you think? Have you uncovered something amazing in your projects?


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