Before and After: A Retro Chair Gets Sexy

The Sweet Beast

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More often than not, I have the decor version of my-eyes-are-bigger-than-my-stomach syndrome — I dream big without acknowledging how much work and expense is actually involved.  So I was especially impressed by Emily at The Sweet Beast when, with patience and a little luck, she pulled off this gorgeous chair makeover on the cheap.  


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Holy smokes!  The chair already had great lines, but what a difference a little fabric makes!  

Emily picked up this handsome MCM chair for a mere $25 and, after a year of scouting for the perfect (and reasonably priced) fabric, she finally was able to realize its full potential.  She even re-used the zippers!  

Inspired? I especially wanted to share Emily's project not only for her amazing transformation, but also because of the deal-hunting tips she shares to help you take on your own project. Following her guidelines will ensure that when you find your own "before," you're not biting off more than you can chew. 

She says:

Wood frame, two cushion lounge chairs are a mid-century furniture staple. They’re fairly easy to come by, even easier to reupholster and certainly worth a little extra effort to restore. If you find one, here are a few things to check before you buy:
  • Test the frame for sturdiness. If it wobbles, it probably needs to be re-glued and that’s more work than most of us are ready for.
  • Is the wood and finish in good shape? Are there any major blemishes or scratches?
  • Remove the cushions (if there are any) and check the seat supports. Worn out jute or sagging rubber straps can be replaced. Rubber straps with metal clip-ends are a cinch to replace but you’ll spend around $50 for 3 straps. If you’re up for it, I recommendFagas Straps by Evans Inc.

Bravo, Emily! 

Read more and see all her tips at The Sweet Beast.


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Jennifer is the Assistant Editor at Apartment Therapy where she spends her days writing and thinking about decor, food and fashion in NYC. Not too shabby.