Good Questions: Antique market find needs work

Good Questions: Antique market find needs work

Janel Laban
Jun 1, 2006

Marisa sent us this email:

Dear AT,
I bought this chair at the recent Antique Market here in Chicago, and it's a bit beat up. Any recommendations on where/ how to get it refurb'd?


First of all, congrats on a cool find. The Saarinen chair is such a classic! It's a hard call as working on a vintage piece sometimes takes away from it's value, even when it improves the overall look.

We put calls in to several furniture repairpersons in Chicago and nobody we spoke to works on these types of chairs. Almost all of them suggested that Marisa try an auto body or boat shop as the place to go to get the piece refinished or repaired.

Has anyone else dealt with this type of refurbishing job with an auto or boat repair shop?

If you have any ideas/suggestions for Marisa please comment away.

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