How to "Punch Up" This Chair?

How to "Punch Up" This Chair?

Gregory Han
Nov 23, 2009

Q: I recently inherited a 1920s couch and chair, but unfortunately it has the 1970s upholstery. I can't afford to have them reupholstered yet, but I was wondering what is the best way to either neutralize or punch it up.

I love the woodwork so I don't want to toss a slip cover over the whole thing, but I'm at a loss. Hideous green doesn't seem to got well with much. Thanks!

Sent by Christina

Editor - If you can't beat them, join them. We realize some people may balk at this idea, but if it was up to us with your limitations, we'd paint the chair's darker wood white to enliven and complement the chairs 70's era upholstery with a more modern finish. It will take a bit of work prepping the wood, as you'll need to sand and prime the wood for proper coverage, but it certainly could make for a good (multi)weekend project.

Any other recommendations beyond our own for Christina's vintage chair?

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