2.21.2012

FINISHED! SLIPPER CHAIRS BEFORE & AFTER



My chairs are finally done & home! If you follow me on my new Dayka Robinson Designs Facebook page you've been privy to a few sneak peeks as my chairs have gone through reupholstery process (and no, the awful upholsterer didn't get his hands on these). I sprayed the frames then dropped the chairs off to have them reupholstered in a punchy Duralee print (which unfortunately has no name, only a product number). You can see the rest of my plans here.


 I decided about 1 day too late that I didn't want the tufting on the back, so it took me a minute to decide how I really felt about the tufting + pattern combo once it was complete. To be honest, I actually agonized over it for a bit...then decided all was okay once I saw them in my living room.


It's such a huge transformation and again illustrates why I always reach for vintage furniture when I have the option! 45 years ago, someone probably saved up to buy these chairs and they sat in a formal living room virtually untouched for decades (evidenced by the excellent condition I found them in). And now, in 2012, they've been given a new lease on life along with a jolt of color. I'll tell you what...inspiration & ingenuity will do it for you every time.

As you can see by the tape on the trim in the photo above, I'm in the process of trying to do a lot at my house (prepping for paint is kray!). But finally, the chairs are done, and my club chair will be back this week. So now, share your thoughts! You like?? Does the pattern + tufting drive you crazy??

22 comments:

charmaine said...

I LOVE! They look amazing!
Dayka, I was so happy when I saw your comment! You are one of the bloggers I look up to. It's nice to be back.
Charmaine

Lori @ Lori May Interiors said...

Love them and the tufting doesn't bother me at all! I can't believe you painted them yourself. I was going to ask where you had them done. Great job, Dayka!

Towards the Horzon said...

I love those chairs!!

Kristen said...

it does not drive me crazy, but i am crazy about the purple on the wood! faaaaaan-freakin-tastic! love.

~Capitol de Beaute~ said...

Those are sooo gorgeous! You are gifted with vision! Beautiful!

Terry said...

They rock. Bravo, bravo.

Brandi said...

Your chairs look amazing! You must be thrilled!

Angela said...

Beautiful.. who covered them for you?

Mrs. Chic said...

The pattern is really pretty!! :) The chairs turned out nice

decorativity said...

I love those! When I make it big I'm so hiring you for my furniture refinishing needs. I also think the tufting is subtle because of all the pattern going on, and won't get in the way. Great job!

~Carla :)

Holly said...

Dayka, these chairs ROCK! The purple is so fresh and vibrant and I don't mind the print on the tufting. Will you have a pillow on each chair? And good to know that is a Duralee fabric - I was wondering about that. I'm so excited to see this room come together. What paint color is on your walls currently? that's a nice color. Enjoy your new pretties!!

Mr. Goodwill Hunting said...

These are amazing. You are so right. Most vintage furniture have much better quality. I will opt for them more readily than the stuff today.

Although some is great.

They are beautiful!


Mr. Goodwill Hunting

Dr. Reginia said...

Amazing job with the chairs.

Ange said...

Love them! They look amazing!!
Angex

Fran said...

They look beautiful!! The transformation is amazing!

Niki McNeill said...

LOVE the purple legs and print! ;)

WhitneyJ said...

Wow!!!!
These chairs are gorgeous. Ummm... can I have them?? I love purple, and I think you did a A+ job painting the legs yourself. The fabric pattern is the perfect fit for these chairs. The curvaceous shape of the chair is still vintage-y, but the geometric pattern gives it a modern pop! I agree with you, I would have chosen not to tuft the back, but it still looks great!

Good luck with the rest of your living room; I know it will look just as awesome!

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LiveLaughDecorate said...

Hey Dayka,
Love your blog and refurbishing old chairs/furniture. I've found some amazing steals here in Miami i.e. rescued a few wing back chairs from the trash and found other gems for just $5 at local thrift stores. I'll do a post soon on the new life they've gotten. I also tagged you in my post this morning. Check it out when you can: http://nwdweddingsandevents.blogspot.com/
Nicole

Decor & Harmony @ 4290 said...

Wowie-KaZowie love them I can't wait to see the finished space :)

Pixie said...

Gah, those are awesome! And I'm a purple lover. I can't help myself.

Bernadette @ B3hd said...

Those chairs are fabulous. Love how bold you will go with color and pattern. This is soothingly bold, but still different nonetheless.

bernadette
www.b3hd.blogspot.com

wydevendesigns.com said...

Love your transformations - I am newly inspired.

Gerrie

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