Good Questions: Where Do I Take These Chairs to Get Stripped?

Good Questions: Where Do I Take These Chairs to Get Stripped?

Heather Blaha
Jul 12, 2006

Dear AT,

After many months of being an avid "lurker" to the Chicago site I finally have something that I'd like to ask:

I recently purchased what I believe to be a pair of authentic Eames LCM chairs for $15 at a local thrift. An awesomely spectacular deal , however there are some condition problems. The black lacquer finish on one of the chairs has rubbed and flaked off and continues to do so. The black lacquer on the second chair is in really great shape, however there is a small nick/chip to the wood near the back on the top portion of the seat...

(Note: Include a pic of your problem and your question gets posted first. Email questions and pics with QUESTIONS in subject line to: chicago(at)apartmenttherapy(dot)com)

...Do you or other readers know of a reputable company in Chicago whom might be able to strip and re-apply the black lacquer coat on the one chair and possibly repair the other? I've contacted Herman Miller directly but unfortunately they bluntly indicated they didn't deal with these kinds of issues and told me to look for someone locally.

Any help anyone could provide would really be appreciated!


Dear Danny,

Congrats on the excellent find! We're a little stumped on this one, though. Our first thought was to find an upholsterer who has someone on staff that also does stripping/re-coating work. We need reader input and recommendations! Anyone?

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