Projects & Improvements

Before & After: Brass Embellished Chair

updated May 5, 2019
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Collecting chairs is a little bit of a guilty pleasure for me. I could spend whole weekends searching for them in flea markets and antique stores, or trolling the internet for rare ones. I’m that girl who will get giddy more giddy over a chair in someone’s home than over their shoe collection, and I have the Pinterest board to prove it! Thanks to a lucky Craigslist find, I scored this antique armless chair that was made in Italy over 60 years ago. Despite the chair being covered with a bit of cat hair, I knew with some time and fabric (and lots and lots… and lots… of staples) she would be a beauty.

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)
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I set out to create a chair with mixed prints, and found a gorgeous white and yellow kaleidoscope print, and more simple yellow and white pattern. Taking apart and reassembling a chair takes a good deal of time and patience, especially depending on the chair, so this project took a couple of weeks in between my full-time job, but was an absolute labor of love. I finished it up by embellishing the top cushion with brass furniture nails.

The chair will be up for sale over on the Apartment Therapy Classifieds page for those interested, and you can check out more before and after photos over here on my blog The Chestnut Orange. And if you’re interested in learning more about the steps that go into reupholstering a chair, I’ll be posting an article on tips for doing that right here on Apartment Therapy later this month!

(Images: Nicole Crowder)