Saturday, January 15, 2011

How I Assembled the Table and Chinese Chippendale Chairs

Many of you have asked where I got the Chinese Chippendale wrought iron table and chairs that was featured on the Nate Berkus Show.
It was assembled over time.  If you shop "previously owned", you know that you have to be patient.  Vintage is not one-stop-shopping.
The first thing I found was the table.  It was only $30.00 because it was missing its glass top.  I bought it because I loved its base with its X and knob.

If I had known how expensive it was to have tempered  glass cut and to add a beveled edge,  I probably wouldn't have purchased it.  But you know me, I came up with an affordable solution.  I decided to find a mirror to fit the top.  I carried around the measurements for a short time and found the perfect mirror in an antiques store.  Not only was the size perfect, but I love the filigree corners.  In fact, I like it better than a plain piece of glass.  What do you think?  Here's a close-up of the corner with a reflection of the branches.

I was thrilled when I found the chairs at a consignment shop.  It took me several months to assemble the table and chairs, but I am so happy with the result.  The chair was so easy.  The seats were held in with four screws.  I removed the seats and covered them with the drapery fabric.  (I purchased the fabric on line and sewed the draperies and pillows too.)  As for the color selection, I already did a post about that here.

Here's the final result.

What have you assembled over time and loved?



  1. Great eye of design...I love the Chinese Red...perfection with the Chippendale motif. Thank you for sharing your inspiring project. Cherry Kay

  2. Nice! I love the branches too. Check out my post on botanicals today!


  3. I LOVE those chairs! And the table.
    Stopping in from TDC.

    Have a great week!