Good Questions: Is a DIY Restoration OK?

Good Questions: Is a DIY Restoration OK?

Janel Laban
Jul 25, 2008

Hart is looking for some advice: I recently purchased 4 chairs from an estate auction for $6. The chairs looked cool from the picture but obviously needed a lot of work. So, I figured I could buy them and maybe paint them in a high gloss white and reupholster them in an Amy Butler fabric. When I picked up the chairs I noticed that the seat bottoms were stamped "Precedent" by Drexel which was very much a good surprise to me. When I got home I looked up the line and found out that it was designed by Edward Wormley in the late 1940's and also found a set on Ebay going for $795...

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My question is this; as far as keeping value, should I try and have the chairs restored or is it ok for me to do the refinish with the new fabric?

Hart, congrats on the great looking chairs and the bargain price! Let's see what everyone has to say about the restoration issue by opening it up to the crowd. Please add your advice for Hart to the comments below....

Top Photo: Vintage Edward Wormley Drexel Precedent Chairs on Ebay

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