How Much Work is Too Much for Vintage Designer Chairs?

How Much Work is Too Much for Vintage Designer Chairs?

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Regina Yunghans
Nov 8, 2013
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Q: Hi! I found this chair by furniture designer Ward Bennett for $2.99 at Goodwill. The upholstery is in terrible shape, and I will definitely redo it. The paint is in so-so shape — it's a really dingy bone color with a number of blemishes. Ideally I'd paint it to go with a dark green velvet upholstery. Is that vintage furniture desecration?

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(Image credit: Katie)

Would I be defiling the work of a master (and greatly reducing the value of the chair)?

The second picture is of a Paul McCobb dining chair ($1.99!), and the wood is in decent shape. I wouldn't strip the finish, but wonder what to do to make it look better. Light sanding? Wood conditioner?

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