Sunday, November 17, 2013

Upholstery Before and After

I'm always amazed at what a little bit of imagination + some great fabric + a great work room can do for dated vintage furniture.  Here are my latest before and after transformations.  They made their debut in
 my room at the Design House at the Old Lucketts Store and were very well received.

This vintage wing chair had great bones. It traveled from Colonial Willamsburg to Mod with some houndstooth fabric and paint.

This vintage x bench was faded and sagging.  I added some high gloss paint to the base and modern geometric fabric.   It was tricky saving the original gold on the medallions and trim, but I did it.

There were fabulous legs on this bench, but also a lot of crud. It took me a while to scrape and sand off all the debris. It was the first sale of the day.  I painted the base gloss white also.  The fabric is by Duralee in an Ikat pattern.

So what have you transformed with fabric, paint, and elbow grease?



  1. wow Kathy, each one of these pieces is fabulous. I have always loved winged chairs because, just like you did, changing the fabric can transform them from contemporary to cottage to chic to whatever you want I have four of them in my home which over the years have been changed 3-4 times. :)

  2. These are beautiful transformations, Kathy!

  3. I am so inspired with the transformations of those pieces. I am now determined to be more good in upholstery!