Monday, July 28, 2014

Mid Century Chair Makeover



The universe keeps finding me Mid Century pieces.  I blame it on the fact that I've been watching Mad Men on Netflix all summer.  I just finished the last available episode what will I do now?  Naturally the chairs name is Don Draper. 



I recently re upholstered this classic Mid Century Arm Chair in a Tweed fabric that I am just crazy about.  It's the same fabric that I used on the hot pink wing back I posted a few weeks ago.  I buy it through the wholesale source I get all my supplies from.  

The reason I'm sharing this makeover is because I think it's fun how with just a few changes the chairs went from dated to current.


Here's the before, a pair of cream boxy chairs that were just not sexy.  You know what I mean?  Boring.  They were in great shape though so I felt it was worth the effort to breathe some new life into them.  I got them from my friend Alison, the owner of the Modern Cottage Company where I sell my pieces.  She said "hey I picked up these chairs you might think I'm crazy but they have good bones."  She was right they do have great bones but we had a good laugh when she showed them to me. 


After doing a little thinking on it I decided to change the shape of the back cushion, use thicker foam for the seat cushion, bounce the skirt, and change the piping detail on the arms.


Just a few easy changes totally brought the chair back to a classic Mid Century Style that is so fresh right now.  That is one of my favorite things about upholstery work, you don't have to put it back together just the way that it was.  You can play with it.  Bring the sexy back. 



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5 comments:

  1. Wow, you are really brilliant at upholstery!! Great job Mimi!

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  2. Lovely! At first, I thought the green chair was an original piece, and it was in pristine condition. I wondered why you were going to change it! Then I read further, and I must agree - much sexier. :)

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  3. A true Don Draper model :) Love it..

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  4. So gorgeous-I love the changes and the fabric

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