Before & After: Lis' Malmsten Armchair Makeover

Before & After: Lis' Malmsten Armchair Makeover

Grace Shu
Dec 14, 2009

It's one thing to find a vintage chair and see its potential...but when it comes to actually doing it; well, that's a whole other beast entirely. As a contestant of Top Design once said, "Reupholstering ain't no joke." And judging from Lis Landmark's photos of her recent project, "Operation: Malmsten Armchair," we'd guess that she'd agree.

Lis' gorgeous armchair fell victim to two criminals: The first being her cat who clawed through the original pinstripe grey flannel upholstery and then took a liking to the stuffing as well; the second being a vigorous vacuuming that took out the front two legs. Not to be deterred, Lis decided to salvage her beloved armchair--and while she was at it, re-cover the dining room chair cushions as well.

The cushions were a piece of cake compared to the chair: simple slipcovers in black, cream, and purple striped upholstery to match the brilliant jewel-toned purple that she picked for the armchair.

The armchair here is waiting for its mended legs and tuft buttons that were being re-covered as well.

The chair back to its glory, with a new headrest pillow in the same fabric as the dining chair cushions. Love the new color, and what an amazing job!

(Images: Lis Landmark for Sk├Âna Hem)

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