Visit our Online Flea Market!

January 31, 2014

It's almost impossible to discuss a specific furniture or architecture
style in just one post.  Eastlake is one such movement.

Eastlake style

Possibly begun as a backlash to more ornate Victorian designs, Eastlake might be one of the least known furniture movements of the last 200 years.

Introduced by British architect and furniture designer Charles Locke Eastlake (1836-1906), the intricate designs quickly caught on with Americans in the 1870s.  Eastlake's work had a profound influence on our Empire furniture designs of the Craftsman style in the early 1900s.
Google Image Result for
A traditional Victorian dresser . . . . 

. . . . . compared to an Eastlake dresser:
Victorian Furniture     

Although there aren't many photos available of Eastlake projects, today's
Before and After Friday is devoted to this unique and charming style.

The intricate carving is much more pronounced
after the wood was stripped and cleaned.
Before                                               After
Before & after. Chairloom took an antique Eastlake settee, reupholstered in our Gig Harbor in Fuschia. This lovely piece will be going to a little girl's room. It was passed down through three generations -- from grandparents to granddaughter!

Before                             After
Eastlake Parlor Chair Redo -- Before/After
Home Workshop
As fresh as this update is I have a hard
time with painting such beautiful wood.

I'm just not sure I'm on board with painting this majestic bed:

Blue Roof Cabin
I definitely love the fabric, though.

Call me a traditionalist but I prefer the 'before':
Before                                              After

The Eastlake rocker, below, was restored to it's former beauty:
Before                                                          After
Simply Chic Treasures

The Victorians favored velvet but the reupholstered
fabric, below, seems more appropriate:

Jolene Smith Interiors

Although I don't have the before photo for this
chair, the new fabric just doesn't seem right:

Which of these fabrics do you prefer?
Before                                                    After
Stitch a Wish Design

An Eastlake divan was painted and reupholstered:


An upholsterer/furniture refinisher experimented with an Eastlake settee,
showing how two different fabrics and stains would look on the same piece: 

Brand Launcher
Which side do you like?

Original velvet on the left, contemporary fabric on the right:
Horatio, 19th Century Victorian Library Armchair, newly upholstered | Before & After | Christa Pirl Furniture
Christa Pirl Furniture

Though not classically Eastlake, this antique
rocker retains some of the period's influence:
Before                               After
Alchemy Fine Living

Here's another rocker going through the upholstery process: 

Rowlands Upholstery

As photography became more affordable in the late 1800s,
you'll find examples of Eastlake furniture used as props.
+~+~ Antique Photograph ~+~+  Americana antique photograph girls in patriotic dress.

+~+~ Antique Photograph ~+~+  Sweet girl poise.

Have a great Friday and enjoy the weekend!


  1. I enjoyed the before and after photos!

  2. What a great way to see the before and after...Thanks!

  3. I agree with you, some wood should never be painted. Sometimes I cringe when I see what has been done to beautiful wood.
    I've enjoyed your before and after photo's today.