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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??


  1. charmaine
    February 21, 2012 at 8:34 am (6 years ago)

    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.

  2. Lori @ Lori May Interiors
    February 21, 2012 at 9:20 am (6 years ago)

    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!

  3. Kristen
    February 21, 2012 at 9:46 am (6 years ago)

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

  4. ~Capitol de Beaute~
    February 21, 2012 at 9:53 am (6 years ago)

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

  5. Terry
    February 21, 2012 at 9:53 am (6 years ago)

    They rock. Bravo, bravo.

  6. Brandi
    February 21, 2012 at 9:58 am (6 years ago)

    Your chairs look amazing! You must be thrilled!

  7. Angela
    February 21, 2012 at 12:25 pm (6 years ago)

    Beautiful.. who covered them for you?

  8. Mrs. Chic
    February 21, 2012 at 12:50 pm (6 years ago)

    The pattern is really pretty!! 🙂 The chairs turned out nice

  9. decorativity
    February 21, 2012 at 12:51 pm (6 years ago)

    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 🙂

  10. Holly
    February 21, 2012 at 2:06 pm (6 years ago)

    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!!

  11. Mr. Goodwill Hunting
    February 21, 2012 at 5:27 pm (6 years ago)

    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

  12. Dr. Reginia
    February 21, 2012 at 8:02 pm (6 years ago)

    Amazing job with the chairs.

  13. Ange
    February 22, 2012 at 2:04 am (6 years ago)

    Love them! They look amazing!!

  14. Fran
    February 22, 2012 at 5:43 am (6 years ago)

    They look beautiful!! The transformation is amazing!

  15. Niki McNeill
    February 22, 2012 at 8:00 pm (6 years ago)

    LOVE the purple legs and print! 😉

  16. WhitneyJ
    February 23, 2012 at 11:22 pm (6 years ago)

    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!

  17. LiveLaughDecorate
    February 26, 2012 at 11:42 am (6 years ago)

    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:

  18. Decor & Harmony @ 4290
    February 29, 2012 at 12:09 pm (6 years ago)

    Wowie-KaZowie love them I can’t wait to see the finished space 🙂

  19. Pixie
    March 8, 2012 at 8:22 pm (6 years ago)

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

    July 31, 2012 at 7:55 am (6 years ago)

    Love your transformations – I am newly inspired.



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