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« on: June 05, 2008 07:57:46 AM »

This is my first post of something I've made.  I'm a serial Craftster lurker!  I was working on this chair anyways, and I decided this was as good a place as any for my first project post.  Smiley

The back story:  I found this chair at my MIL's house, buried under a pile of clothes, blankets, and pillows, and in desperate need of a make-over.  Turns out, the chair had been a favorite of my husband's and his brother's when they were kids.  It was one of the few pieces of furniture that survived their house fire about 10 yrs ago.  Probably due to the waterproof plastic leather cushions!  She said I could take it if I wanted it.  Since my DH loved it, I decided to refinish it rather than paint it.  He's a die-hard woodgrain lover.  But, wow.  Was that ever a lot more work!   

Here's the only before pic.  You can sort of see where my MIL had started sanding away the finish on the armrests.  It's covered with nicks and scratches on the frame, but amazingly, no water damage or anything.  And there's the plastic leather. 


Naked chair!  After refinishing but before the seat springs are back in:


Here's the new chair (DH thinks the fabric looks like a 70's bead curtain, but it's "Midwestern Modern" for a midwestern chair!):


It's actually an indoors chair but I did all the work out in the garage, hence the outdoors pics. 

Let me know what you think...  I think it's crying out for a pillow and an ottoman - sounds like good 'next projects'! 

Thanks for looking! 
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« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2008 08:03:50 AM »

Wow! That's really great!  I Love it!!!
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« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2008 08:04:46 AM »

I love it! You did a great job, plus it's sentimental for your dh!  Ottoman sounds like fun!
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« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2008 08:14:59 AM »

it looks like a great chair for a porch
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« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2008 08:48:04 AM »

Great job!  The chair is "Danish Modern" from the early/mid 60's.  The style is regaining popularity and that chair might be worth some coin.
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« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2008 09:24:29 AM »

That looks awesome! I love it!
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« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2008 10:46:49 AM »

Im really digging that fabric! It looks so much better than that black... pleather.
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« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2008 10:47:33 AM »

Gorgeous!  What a fabulous revival of a very classic chair!
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« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2008 12:02:50 PM »

Great re-do!  It looks like its really comfy too.  Nice deep seating Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2008 12:54:00 PM »

Ooh! It looks so great!
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mamafox
« Reply #10 on: June 05, 2008 02:21:50 PM »

what a great redo!!
I think it looks awesome and to me the fabric totally fits it!!
Great job!!
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SpottedFrog
« Reply #11 on: June 05, 2008 02:55:58 PM »

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The chair is "Danish Modern" from the early/mid 60's.
I respectfully disagree, The Danish Modern movement started in the 40's, by the 60's DM furniture was starting to get the tiniest bit of curving lines in straight pieces like legs- this is clearly an early sample.

My mom & dad bought a similar chair recently (their whole house is DM) and spent $250 on it Smiley clearly a great chair. Again this is a restoration more than a renovation, the fabric really suits it nicely. I'm so pleased to see these great older chairs being loved!!

I'd bet that chair is Teak too from it's warm color when you showed it stripped- really solid.
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FarahAbood
« Reply #12 on: June 05, 2008 06:34:40 PM »

good job!
I like the color.
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« Reply #13 on: June 05, 2008 07:55:31 PM »

Thanks so much for all the nice comments!  I'm really happy with how it came out. 

I don't know a thing about it's history and the Danish Modern idea is really interesting.  I have a feeling it's a knock-off if it's anything, though.  The only thing I know for sure is that it's stamped "Made in Yugoslavia" on the underside. 

Maybe I'll take on Antiques Roadshow - and I can be the one who gets told "If you'd only left the original (half-removed) finish and the original pleather cushion covers, then this chair would be worth an obscene amount of money!"   Grin  (yeah, I'm a PBS geek!) 
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« Reply #14 on: June 05, 2008 08:19:07 PM »

I love your re-do!  The funny thing is I had this exact same chair about 7 years ago - bought at GoodWill.  I loved it, but developed back problems and found it hard to get in and out of.  The pleather was torn on the underside as well, so some lucky garbage picker at my apt complex picked it up! 

Anyhow, really cute choice of fabrics...and isn't sanding a royal pain?
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« Reply #15 on: June 06, 2008 02:38:08 AM »

This is beautiful.  I love this style of chair.  I really like what and how you've turned something awful looking into something very stylish.  I've been looking for a chair in that syle for months, but never seem to find in the SE UK.

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« Reply #16 on: June 08, 2008 07:09:04 AM »

Wow! Great job. It looks like the kind of chair that sells for 500 dollars! Looks like a lot of work! Beautiful Smiley
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SpottedFrog
« Reply #17 on: June 08, 2008 07:23:44 AM »

Actually I think "made in Yugoslavia" confirms it's older date Smiley If it was made in America it would be much newer. It may very well be a first generation.
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« Reply #18 on: June 09, 2008 01:05:01 PM »

This is awesome! I am also a lover of natural wood grains, and I totally appreciate how much work that would have been, kudos to you!
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« Reply #19 on: June 12, 2008 07:24:18 AM »

Beautiful! I love it!
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« Reply #20 on: June 19, 2008 08:44:52 AM »

I absolutely love the fabric you picked.
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« Reply #21 on: June 19, 2008 02:26:31 PM »

this chair looks absolutely awesome, I loooove it
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« Reply #22 on: July 01, 2008 03:55:31 PM »

Awesome re-do. I actually have this exact same chair! I found it in the trash, along with a table, desk, and an old radio. It was a good day. The cusions on mine were the only thing destroyed on it and I'm still having trouble finding the "perfect" fabric to cover it with. I like your choice though.
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