Antique Wingbacks Get a Modern Makeover

8.15.2011

These wingback chairs were some of the first pieces of furniture that we acquired when we moved into our house over a year ago, and they definitely set the tone for our formal living room. I had done some reupholstering myself before, but knew this was a job that called for a professional. I didn't want to have any part in ruining these chairs that had been so well preserved since the 1930's! Finding fabric and the right upholstery shop were my big tasks.
Found at a garage sale for $8. They were owned by one family since the 1930's. What a S-T-E-A-L!!
After many hours debating fabric options and shopping for the cheapest rupholstery shop around
 
I went back and forth whether the citrine chevron was too much. I decided to pair it with a more neutral wood grain/paisley fabric and white piping.  I realize that for some people the pattern is too much. (Some days shortly after the makeover I was one of those people.) Looking back, I'm so glad I bit the bullet and went for the bold fabric choice. My style tends to merge traditional elements with a modern twist. The lines of the chair are so classic, but the fabric lends a playfulness that keeps our formal living room feeling fresh. You can read more details about this project on Design*Sponge HERE.

32 comments:

  1. Looks amazing..heading over to read the rest.

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  2. Congratulations on the d*s feature! That is huge! :) And well-deserved too - they are gorgeous.

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  3. Wow! Congrats on the feature! How exciting:) Way to take the plunge--they look great!

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  4. They are fabulous - congratulations!

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  5. You have a fearless streak a mile wide-- GREAT makeover!!!!!

    Visiting from MMS Linky Party tonight,
    Smiles,
    Suzanne in IL

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  6. I saw this on Miss Mustard Seed and it jumped off the page at me! LOVE!

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  7. what a great deal and they look so lovely now...you'll figure out the html thing quicker than you think...welcome to fridays unfolded!

    alison

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  8. Soo cute! I love how they came out! Would love for you to come share at Feathered Nest Friday at my blog sometime! :)

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  9. These are adorable! I saw these at Miss Mustard Seed's blog and had to click on the picture! I also just upholstered a wingback chair, but yours are amazing!!! Love them!

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  10. Awesome fabric combination! I love it - so modern and so classic all at the same time. Well done!

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  11. WOW! What a transformation. Oh you give me hope that I can do this myself one day!!!! Really, WOW. I'm bookmarking so I can remember this!!

    I love transformations! I just turned my secretary into a bar area in my dining room. I really hope you'll stop by and check it out: http://niagaranovice.blogspot.com/2011/08/picture-is-worth.html

    See you soon, I hope!
    Artie

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  12. I'm not big on Chevron anything - but these really came out lovely, Heather! Congrats on the feature, too!

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  13. This is flippin-freakin-fantastic!!! LOVE, LOVE the combination of fabric you picked out. Gonna head over to check out your feature :D

    Shelley
    www.westermanfam.blogspot.com

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  14. Amazing! I saw these on D*S you did a really good job. I'd love it if you stopped by my blog and checked out the giveaway I'm having for a Dremel Trio!

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  15. These are amazing! I love the contracting patterns - it's so fun to see modern and classic playing nicely together.

    Thanks for stopping by Cardigan Junkie! I'm so glad to have found your blog, as I'm a DIYer too.

    \\Haley @ Cardigan Junkie

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  16. Anyone who can take a risk and then upholster like the pro's is to be praised! Fantastic! Great blog too!

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  17. These chairs are Ahmazing. and so is your blog. love it!

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  18. These chairs are awesome! Probably one of the best makeovers Ive seen on furniture.

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  19. Wow, Erica! What a huge compliment. Thanks so much for taking the time to say hello:)

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  20. I love this makeover. The mix of prints make the piece look so fresh and modern. I love the chevron on the back! So cheeky.

    Beautiful blog, by the way ;)

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  21. Thanks so much Tanya. Glad you "stopped by". **love "cheeky" anything**

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  22. WOW--- Yes, I think the bold with the toned down paisley was worth the risk for sure--- beautiful! :)

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  23. These make me so HAPPY!!!! I'm inspired to hunt down a pair of craigslist wingbacks like, NOW! Mind sharing how much the re-upholstery cost?

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  24. I love everything about your design and style. You have a lovely lovely blog and I am so excited to be your newest loyal follower!
    Cath @ Home is Where my Heart is
    http://cathhasablog.blogspot.com/

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  25. I think they looks great. The two different fabric choices give them a much more modern look. I also love the nail head. Great selections!

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