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.
Alchemy fine living is a creative business. My mom and I offer furniture painting services, simple upholstery, and custom slipcovers.
We have been painting furniture for clients for over a decade now. The two of us have been sewing our whole lives. We've sewn things like prom dresses and bathing suits, but back in 2008 we decided to focus our seamstress abilities on home decorative items; specifically custom made slipcovers.
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 offer furniture painting, upholstery, and sewing services.