“Even if you have $20,000 to buy an item, you still try to get a good price at antique stores. I collect furniture, rugs, paintings, and frames. It’s my hobby to go around to shops and markets.” – Ursula Andress
There are certain pieces of furniture that call to you, no matter how tired they look. Well made solid wood furniture have frames that will last a lifetime, making them the perfect choice for a cosmetic makeover. Forget the dated fabric and the gnarly color of the wood, I fell in love with the shape and carving detail of these vintage chairs the minute I saw them. The price was right and I knew they would be a wise purchase for future clients. Here are the results of “one” chair with two different facelifts.
Top chair look familiar? It is the new desk chairs created for our client’s home office remodel. They chairs were refinished and painted in Benjamin Moore Nightfall, one of my favorite greys. The sleek appearance is a result of mixing the paint color into Hollandlac, a high sheen paint that gives the appearance of lacquer, from my go-to paint source Cox Paints.
The fabric is an updated leopard print in beautiful tones of grey and taupe from Peter Dunham Textiles available at one of my fave places for inspiration and eclectic prints, Hollywood at Home. A skinny double piping around the upholstery upped the ante, adding to the modern twist on a classic chair. The final touch was new castors, keeping the chairs functional within the office space.
The second chair was painted in Benjamin Moore Ashland Slate. For the fabric I used an oldie but goodie, J.B. Martin, a tried and true source for velvet in a myriad of colors that puts any other palate to shame. The company’s origins began in the textile city of Lyon, France exporting its high end velvets around the world since the early 19th century. J.B. Martin opened its factory in America in Norwich, Connecticut in 1893, making their textiles more easily accessible to North America. The acidy mustard caught my eye and was a wonderful compliment to the paint. Antiqued brass nail heads were hand studded around the inside of the frame and a self piped edge around the seat giving this old chair a much needed revival. One of our embroidered Amalfi pillows in Slate adds the perfect amount of pattern.
Re-invent, Re-purpose, Re-Cycle.