This vintage wing back chair is one of our most recent upholstery projects. My dad even got in on a little piece of the action. He decided to take the chair home and started “demolition”. He removed the wood base and meticulously picked out staples one by one. He didn’t last long though. After about half of one wing was torn off he fizzled and the chair ended up back at our store where my mom and I got down to serious business.
We removed every last bit of old worn out fabric and purchased new foam to replace the rotten filler that we found inside. In addition to removing all of the fabric we also removed the old finish. The wood was stripped and re-stained in a gorgeous, dark walnut. We beat the frame with a chain and hit it with a screw driver to rough it up a bit and then it was ready for new upholstery..
We recovered this chair with a heavy upholstery cotton in a charcoal grey. The fabric has a great texture to it; nice and heavy. The cushion was overstuffed with a down feather insert to make this wing back super cozy. The finishing touch was a pretty gimp in the perfect color.
Orange County, CA
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My mom is a DIY kind of gal. When I was a kid I remember trips to thrift stores, strolling the hardware store isles, and of course spending hours feeling fabric at the yardage shop. She was constantly transforming bargain buys into treasures for our home. With a fresh coat of paint or a new slipcover, she gave old furniture new life. We have always enjoyed being creative together and in 2008 we turned our hobby and passion into a business.
Alchemy fine living is a creative business. We offer furniture painting services, upholstery, and custom slipcovers. We also sell a few hand crafted items on Etsy.
I'm Deana, the author of this blog. My mom, Connie, taught me from a young age how to spot a deal at a flea market or a thrift shop. She could always spot the hidden potential of an old, worn out piece of furniture. I learned to sew when I was four years old and all through the years I helped my mom with DIY projects around the house.
In 2008 she & I turned our hobby into a business. We re-do old furniture and hand craft items for sale in our Etsy store. For those who, like us, love to DIY we offer lots of tips and advice in our tutorial videos. We also offer furniture painting, upholstery, and sewing services for those who don't want to tackle the project themselves.