I love a good make over. Finding inexpensive furnishings from ebay, Craigslist, or thrift stores and turning them into show stopping pieces gives me a lot of design satisfaction. I'm currently helping my oldest sister redecorate her condo which she shares with her husband in Newport Beach. We've been taking some video footage of the process which I will be posting when the downstairs is complete, but until then I wanted to show a little makeover we did on a couple of vintage wood framed chairs acquired from Craigslist that we will be using in her living room.
Reasons these chairs caught our eye:
*We loved the curved back and how it was divided into 3 sections
*The chairs had great proportions
*We liked the classic detailing on the wood. It was decorative but not too ornate so it will fit in well with the modern-traditional vibe that we are trying to achieve throughout the house.
Make over details:
*We had the finish professionally redone in a satin cream color with slight antiquing in the crevices of the wood carving
*We had the chairs reupholstered in a beautiful crocodile printed leather. We loved the richness of the brown in the hides that we selected and the texture of the crocodile print. We wanted something that would add depth and texture to the room.
*Because my sister was investing so much money into the leather and professional upholstery of this piece, she decided to also have the upholstery shop put new foam inside the seats and backs of the chairs. The foam and padding in the original chairs was actually in pretty good shape, so to save money on a chair make over such as this one, you could always select a less expensive fabric and keep the original foam and padding.
Stay tuned for more updates on the condo and the finished downstairs!