Q: My boyfriend's mother offered us these two chairs from that came to the US from Germany in 1940. A small part of me died a little when I saw the upholstery (larger photo below), but I would like to make them work somehow. (We've just moved in together and my boyfriend has been super patient and flexible with all of my vetoing of his stuff so I feel like I need to be a little more charitable here, particularly since it involves his mother.) Can you give me any suggestions about fabric/color?
I've seen so many great 'before and afters' in the world of chairs - is there anything that will make these less grandma? I'm willing to reupholster, paint, etc.