Before & After: The “Wig Lady” Chairs Get Gorgeously Ghostly

published Oct 31, 2014
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(Image credit: Jean & Ruthie Alan)

Jean and Ruthie bought these chairs nearly 20 years ago from a mother-daughter duo who were selling the entire contents of their home. The creepy house was filled with an assortment of oddities and at one point they noticed piles scattered throughout the house – only to realize later that they were, in fact, piles of hundreds of wigs! They say, “The whole situation was a bit Grey Gardens.”

(Image credit: Jean & Ruthie Alan)

When they went back the next day, the house was deserted. They knew the two ladies couldn’t have moved so quickly so they inquired with the neighbors who told them no one had lived in that house for 50 years!

We’re kidding, of course, but Jean and Ruthie did wind up picking a very pale, ghostly shade when choosing their reupholstery fabric.

From Jean & Ruthie:

We ended up finding these chairs at that sale, and because of the manner in which they were purchased – we always called them ‘the wig lady chairs’. After a client recently purchased these chairs through our eBay store, we offered to reupholster them before shipping them to her. The chairs had not been updated in any way since they were originally made — clearly! The client decided to leave the woodwork as it was, so we chose a fabric and gimp to complement the color of the wood. What a transformation! The chairs are beautiful, and lightness of the new fabric really highlights the treatment of the wood.

See more at Alan Design Studio.

Thank you Jean & Ruthie!