I found this little chair on the curb one morning a few months ago - it was a throw away. I thought it was adorable even in this deplorable condition. It had obviously been sitting outside exposed to all kinds of weather. The wood was very damaged, the bottom and springs were falling out, and the handmade needle point upholstery was ruined.
I knew that eventually I wanted to use it in my living room as part of the new redecorating scheme. I took it home where it sat in the garage while I painted, wallpapered, made drapes and had the other furniture reupholstered.
I eventually finished everything else and when it was time to tackle this. I originally thought I could handle the refinishing myself, but I quickly realized it was far too damaged and needed a professional furniture restorer and re-finisher. Before I took it for restoration I brought it into the house so I could strip off all of the old upholstery, which turned out to be quite a lengthy process...so many nails and tacks!
My neighbor recommended a really great craftsman to do the work. Below is the finished result. I found the leopard fabric, which I love, online.
I thought is would be fun to take an 'after' picture to compare with the 'before' photo.
As it turned out this little throw away chair is a high quality piece of Victorian furniture. I found the signature of the maker after I removed the old needle point coverings.
Now back to it's original finish, with it's pretty new fabric it is a nice accent piece in the living room.
I couldn't be more pleased!
Thank you Linda for your recommendation.
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