Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Master Makeover - Wing Back Chair

I have been waiting to do something with this wing back chair that I inherited from my grandmother (by way of my sister who didn't want it) since we moved into our house a year and a half ago. It is the perfect scale for our bedroom and now that it is reupholstered it is just, well, perfect!

I read all sorts of online tutorials (here, here, and here) about how to upholster furniture and thought (briefly) about doing it myself. I chose not to because of the following advice 1) it is a two man job, 2) it requires a serious investment of time, and 3) its best not to start with a complicated piece of furniture (i.e. a wing back chair). The chair did require a little DIY. I painted the chair legs a glossy white (they were dark brown) before handing it over to the upholsterer.

As for the selection of an upholsterer, I got pretty luck with this part of the process. Since I recently moved to the DC area, I didn't have a trusted upholsterer to rely on. So I searched nearby upholsterers with google maps. I read any available reviews then called around for quotes. I was shocked by the range of quotes. The highest was $650-$700 not including fabric! A few had more reasonable rates, but required that I buy fabric from them or charged for pick up and delivery. In the end I selected the business with the best quote and the best customer service, Trust Interiors in Rockville, MD. They not only picked up and delivered my chair free of charge, but they also were able to complete the job in two weeks. If you live in the DC area you should definitely consider them for your next upholstery job. The final cost of the chair (fabric + labor) came in at just under $400. Not too bad for a one-of-a-kind piece.

See how it's all coming together! Next, I'll turn my attention to the bedding.

1 comment:

Melissa said...

The chair looks great, Amanda! You should submit a picture to a blog that focuses solely on before/after projects!


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