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Before & After: Gossip Bench Breakdown

published Mar 11, 2014
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(Image credit: Carithanne Cushman )

Carithanne says, “Who knows how long this chair sat abandoned in a forgotten basement before my dad rescued it for our next restoration project?” This particular piece was extra exciting because of its classic mid-century design, complete with a production date on the bottom from 1953! The upholstery needed a total overhaul after more than 60 years, but this piece had solid maple bones just waiting for the right person to come along and give it some TLC.

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(Image credit: Carithanne Cushman )

They dismantled and sanded every inch of the cracked and peeling finish before giving it a deep mahogany stain and two coats of satin polyurethane. Carithanne says, “The resulting color reminds me of a merlot, and who doesn’t like wine?”

Then she replaced the worn out cushioning with brand new 4″ thick foam layered between burlap to give the seat firmness.

From Carithanne:

I didn’t want the fabric to overshadow the amazing color of the stain, so I chose a neutral patterned canvas for the upholstery and complemented it with nifty geometric tacks. I love how the zig zag pattern plays against the curves of the table and legs. It’s funky and fun.

See more details at Carried Away.

Thank you Carithanne!