Before & After: A 70s Chair Returns to Its Vintage Glory

updated May 4, 2019
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(Image credit: Vanessa)

This vintage chair was in rough shape, but when the Craigslist seller ended up living across the street, Vanessa knew it was meant to be. With some patience (and a lovely surprise!), the chair has a new life:

(Image credit: Vanessa)

From Vanessa:

I found this worn-out vintage chair on Craigslist and when I found out the seller lived across the street from me, I knew it was meant to be! The frame had been stripped and sanded and the original upholstery was dirty and torn but I knew it could be beautiful again with a little work.

I gave the frame a dark walnut stain then later sprayed it with a clear coat satin finish. I did the new upholstery myself. I would say the most difficult part of that process was taking off the old upholstery and removing all of the nails. It takes time (and some elbow grease) so be patient. The fabric I chose is also vintage. It is a 1970s wool tweed that I bought on Etsy from a seller based in the United Kingdom.

While I was removing the original upholstery, I discovered the furniture maker had hand written “July 4th 1972” underneath the seat. I find so much satisfaction in giving a piece of furniture a second chance. Hopefully it will endure another forty-two years.

Thank you, Vanessa!