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March 7, 2014

Boy, am I glad it's Friday.  And you know how we celebrate
Fridays around here - with Before & After projects!

These antique French chairs were almost beyond salvaging:

Such beautiful results!

This vintage chair was reupholstered from
fabric created from recycled plastic bottles:
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Designs By Mara

Molly Andrews and Tracy Jenkins are partners in Chairloom,
an upholstery company in Ardmore, PA.  Here are a few
examples of their amazing talents:
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Before                                                After

Before                                                After

Before                                                After
Molly and Tracy seek out vintage and antique furniture
that they can bring back to life with beautiful fabrics.

 Distressed Mid-Century Modern chairs . . . . .

. . . were cleverly upholstered in retro fabric:
Retro Quo

An antique settee was given a contemporary makeover:


Markham Restoration Services
Granted, the upholsterer did a wonderful job but I'm just not sure
I'm in favor of the black painted wood and white leather fabric.

This faded beauty was truly in very sad shape:

There's no accounting for taste  - I question the fabric choice in this project.

This channel back chair was found on Craigslist for $40:
Before                                             After
Blue Rooms, White Houses

Another channel back chair received a
slightly different upholstery treatment:

Three Boys

 A tired swivel chair received some incredible TLC:
Jill Rosenwald via Design Sponge

This pair of vintage chairs was recovered
and updated by removing the 'skirt':
Design Sponge

The same technique was used to update this thrift store find:
Ash Flynn

 When viewing Before & After projects it's easy to forget the hard work
involved in resurrecting a piece of furniture to it's former glory:
Before                                      After
Driscoll Antiques

Oh, my.  This antique settee was pitiful:

Carolina Furniture Restoration
Well done.  Truly stunning.

If you're interested in trying your hand at upholstering
a piece of furniture start with a small project: 

The DIY Playbook
Easy step-by-step instructions for recovering this
bench can be viewed here at The DIY Playbook.

I hope you enjoyed this post on Before & After upholstery projects.  If you're out browsing at a flea market, in a thrift store, or at a yard sale this weekend be on the lookout for a B&A project of your own.


  1. Wow! All of these are great! Some people have much more patience than I do! I would certainly have said their best days are behind them on some of these!

    1. You're right - a few of the pieces looked beyond salvaging. Those are the ones I admire the most - it's wonderful to give a piece of furniture an extended, useful life.

  2. It is amazing what can be done and it is amazing the different tastes in fabric of people:) B

    1. One of the things I love about upholstery projects is that if you get tired of the fabric you can just re-upholster it again!

  3. Such good results. I am going to check that site right away. Thanks!

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by. Hope you're having a good weekend.

  4. Amazing chair make-overs! I love that one uses fabric from recycled plastic bottles. People are so creative! Happy weekend : )

    1. I thought that was clever, too. Anything to keep material out of the landfills!

  5. I just love fresh fabric on vintage furniture. Great array of before & afters!

  6. WOW!!!! wish you were a little bit closer to my shop!

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