Category: chair reupholstery

Living and Dining Room Refreshed

My client’s next project to tackle was the living and dining rooms.  The  quickest and easiest way to impact a room is by adding color to the walls.   The photo below is before the walls were painted.

I love the instant impact paint can have on a room.  It’s budget friendly and done in just a day or two.  The room looks warmer and more inviting.  A sleeker new fan was installed, a mirror was hung over the sofa and throw pillows were added to the couch.  I found a catchall basket that is under the cocktail table for the kid’s laptops and other miscellaneous items to keep the room free from clutter.

The wood furniture was hand crafted by my client’s father.

I found these lamps at an Antique show and created new lampshades to soften the look and add some visual interest on the mantle.

An arm chair and side table were added to create additional seating and to help define the living room from the dining room.   I had both pieces in my garage, waiting to be customized.

The dining room furniture was from my client’s mother.

This table was originally in the entryway but was too small for the area.  A daughter brought this handmade mirror home from France.  I am going to take a family portrait plus a photo of the girls to fill these frames when the weather becomes warmer.

The first change in the dining room was to reupholster the dining room chairs from a burgundy fabric to a multi-colored one, which pulls in the colors from both the living room and kitchen.

Pillows and placemats were made  with the seat fabric.

Another new piece of art, which hangs next to the hutch.

The client’s china and crystal items were used to create a more visually interesting display in the hutch as well as on the buffet.

My client picked out the dining room chandelier.

This is probably my favorite new piece of artwork, hangs prominently between the living room and kitchen.

The entryway was painted a light gray with a rug added to add color and depth.  This view is from the entryway into the living room.

The french provincial chair while it isn’t identical to the kitchen table set, it can be added when needed.  Otherwise it’s a great place to sit down and put on shoes.

The table was another piece I had in my garage.  It is a better size for the entryway and was painted a sage green color to match both the kitchen chair fabric and the rug.

The mirror was also in my garage.   A glass lamp and other items were added to the table for light and visual interest.

I was disappointed when this project was finished.  My clients are truly lovely people who I enjoy very much and it was great to work with them on making design changes to their living and dining rooms, entryway and kitchen.

A Kitchen Reborn Continued

With the addition of their new bar, my client’s kitchen table and chairs were too large for their new space.  As I regularly attend estate sales, visit thrift stores and yard sales, I’m always on the look out for some wonderful piece of furniture.  It was at an estate sale that I found the perfect table and chair set for their kitchen.  The photo below was taken at the estate sale.

Many of you know that I love the french provincial style, since it can have so many different looks.  My clients trust my judgement (definitely an honor) so I purchased the set.  The table needed to be round rather than oval to fit in the kitchen, but this round top wasn’t large enough to accommodate 5 people.

We purchased a larger wood table top, which my client affixed it to the original table base.  The base was painted black and distressed to match the bar.  Three coats of a dark walnut stain with polyurethane were applied;  I love the look of the table.

The chairs were finished before I tackled the table.  All were cleaned, sanded and primed and you can see at the difference between the chair’s original color compared to the primed chairs.

Here’s a look at the kitchen chair before and after.

The chairs were painted the same color as the cabinets.  I didn’t distress them like the cabinets nor use the same brown glaze. The metallic coffee glaze was a better match for the seat cushion fabric.

The table is the perfect size for this space.

Their large kitchen window had a honeycomb blind, which was a stark look for the room.  I added a pair of curtains, customized by sewing a band of the kitchen chair fabric and some decorative trim to them.

Here’s is a better view of the curtains.

My clients trusted me to purchase artwork for their home, which includes three pieces in the kitchen.  I fell in love with this still-life of a purple chair, loving how the black frame looks with the bar.

In addition to the still-life, decanter bottles were added displayed on a decorative round plate.  A  salad size plate with a french advertisement for champagne also adds some whimsy.

Two smaller prints were hung on the opposite side of the curtains, which also have black frames.

During one of my estate sales, I found a cubby with an upholstered cushion that would fit perfectly in the space right by their garage door.  They keep their soda cans, shoes and coats in this area and I thought the cubby would add to some order as well as a place to put on their shoes.

Here is the cubby in actual use.

During a vintage shopping hunt, I found two rugs for the family.  One is by the kitchen sink, which pulls in the sage walls as well as the blue of the living room while continuing the back up color of black.

My clients are amazing cooks (I’ve sampled a few of their delicious pasta dishes and baked confections) and this is the perfect space for them to enjoy cooking and dining.  I’m thrilled and honored to have been able to play a  role in the design of this space.


Chairs, Chairs, Chairs

I’ve been juggling a variety of painting projects along with the myriad end of school year concerts, honor awards and graduation parties, like so many other parents across the country.

Chairs have been a central theme for me lately.  I found two matching chairs at a local thrift store that I thought would look great painted and certainly reupholstered.  They sat in my garage for more than 6 months before I decided to work on them.

before white chair

I decided to go with an off-white paint color and a greek key inspired fabric.

white chairs with wicker table

These chairs can be used in any room of the house whether as accent chairs in the living room, at the kitchen table to a bedroom for additional seating.  I have a number of chairs like these scattered throughout my house, including  my living room, kitchen, mud room and guest bedroom.

Angle of white chair

If I didn’t already have too many chairs in my home, I’d seriously consider keeping them.  However, they are for sale at The Plaid Rabbit in the Village of East Davenport.

white chair pad and back

A wonderful client asked me to paint her six dining room chairs.  At first she thought she wanted them distressed, so I painted them with chalk paint, which is perfect for distressing.


The color wasn’t right and the chairs felt too elegant for distressing.  Round two … I sanded the chairs again and this time primed them.


My client wanted a darker color than the first so I choose Benjamin Moore’s Advance paint because it can be tinted in darker colors and it’s a very durable paint product.

spray painted

Chairs are very challenging.  Although I used my spray gun with them, it was difficult to get good coverage of the legs, the stretchers (the piece that spans the legs in the middle) and all of the nooks and crannies.  The chairs needed three top coats of paint in addition to the prime coat.  I will get a photo of the finished chairs in my client’s home by the end of the month and will update the blog.

I found these charming chairs on the side of the road.  The only noticeable issue is that the roping is off a corner of one chair, other than that, they are in great condition.

road side chairs before closer

They are available to be customized for your home.

Bookcase Makeover and New Seat Covers

I’ve been especially bad at taking before photos lately.  A friend, who is moving to Charleston, asked me to paint her son’s bookcase.  Because the moving van was coming, I quickly completed the project and it was picked up before I got any “after” photos.  I only got one slightly “before” photo, which I took to document the location of one of the shelves.


Lucky for me, the moving van wasn’t coming until the next day, so I was able to go take a few “after” photos.  The room was full of boxes (and two dogs) with no natural light, so the photos taken with my phone aren’t high quality.

side view

You can see in the corner one of the many boxes that filled the house.    There are two other shelves for this piece that will be installed after the move.   Thanks to the gray color, books and other miscellaneous items will definitely pop in the bookcase. (The true color is closer to the top photo rather than the bottom).

straight on

Another recent project was replacing the fabric on my sister’s dining room chairs.  It didn’t occur to me to take “before” photos since I was in a hurry to finish the project so it could be a surprise when my sister and her family returned from a weekend trip.

whole room

My sister has our  father’s childhood dining room table, chairs and buffet.  The former seat covers were a heavy tapestry like fabric, which was too formal for my sister’s decor.   Having just painted the dining room a lovely yellow, my sister wanted a blue and white fabric to compliment the walls.

low view

We going to make curtains using the same seat cover fabric paired with a twill, which should add some further dimension to the room.  The table and chairs are “heavy” looking.  I’ve pitching to my sister, painting the bottom of the table while sanding and re-staining the table top.  The chairs would be great painted and glazed too.


The fabric pulls in the colors from the adjoining kitchen and family room.  It’s fun to see my sister and her husband transform this house into their home.

Chair Reupholstery

I’ve totally surprised myself by actually reupholstering this chair.  Thankfully it involved no sewing, since that is not a talent I possess. 

I bought new webbing and anchored the springs, which caused the seat to rise in heightIf I ever reupholster another chair, I would definitely invest in a fancy stapler or nail gun.

Here are the before and after photos:

cynthia weeks © 2012
cynthia weeks © 2012
cynthia weeks © 2012
cynthia weeks © 2012

It was a little scary to gut the chair, but taking photos at every stage documents how to put the chair back together again.  I’d recommend taking more photos than you think will be necessary.

Chair price:  $75

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