Before & After: This Chair Will Scare Your Socks Off

published Oct 31, 2013
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(Image credit: Denny Holland)

Happy Halloween Eames lovers, get ready to jump out of your skin. Denny happened upon this Eames DCW chair at an abandoned house in his neighborhood so he took it home and gave it a makeover you won’t soon forget.

(Image credit: Denny Holland)


Okay purists, before your hearts stop, let’s hear what Denny has to say:

The chair was damaged, the lamination was separating in the seat and there were water stains down the legs. I found a sticker on the bottom of the seat that told me right away that this chair was a knock-off and not an authentic Eames chair. I put the chair away in the corner of my studio and forgot about it. After about a year, I decided to have some fun and morph it into some sort of art piece — a chair that would probably find itself in a Tim Burton Film. I repaired the split lamination and sealed the wood with primer. I then made templates of the skull and rib cage from thick paper (to get the design just right) and transferred my pattern to the chair. Then came the moment of truth: taking my hand-held jig saw to the chair to cut the skeletal pattern. After a lot of sanding, bondo filling, and several sprayed coats of white enamel, I have a chair that is perfect for handing out candy this Halloween!

Thank you Denny!