Style Court

Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016

12.12.2007

Find of the Week


Just in at C. Bell: an exotic white mid-century elephant. I love the intricate lace-like detail.



Also, I wanted to re-post Christine's before and after of these low, mid-century Miami library chairs. Last week they may have gotten lost in the shuffle. Makeovers don't always involve white paint. (Fabric of course, KWID's "Imperial Trellis" in natural/coffee.)

10 comments:

Marissa said...

oh l love that elephant! do you know how much it is?

Style Court said...

Marissa,
I'll try to find out :)

Style Court said...

$550.

Marissa said...

thanks!

Helen said...

I've been inspired by the reupholstering of vintage furniture on this blog, but I'm wondering if I could reupholster victorian style chairs that have studs...any thoughts?

Style Court said...

Hi Helen,
Tell me more about the studs you mention. Do you mean nailheads? Or are you talking about the construction of the chair? Glad you've been inspired:)

Helen said...

yeah, nail studs. i really don't like that look though is the problem. i'm wondering if can reupholster without getting studs again.
here's an example:
http://cgi.ebay.com/VICTORIAN-WALNUT-CARVED-ARM-CHAIR_W0QQitemZ260203665480QQihZ016QQcategoryZ63567QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
i would so much rather having piping, like in the examples that have been shown!
my concern is that those nail heads have punctured the wood.

Style Court said...

Helen,
I had trouble accessing the eBay image, and I hesitate to speak for a pro upholsterer, but it is definitely worth asking about! Explore all your options and perhaps get a book on upholstery from the library. Good luck!

Helen said...

thanks! i've been calling around a few places, trying to get some quotes on reupholstering too. i wish i could get some recommendations for the dallas area! i've never reupholstered before so i don't know what prices are reasonable...

Style Court said...

Helen,

Prices vary by region and individual upholsterer, but expect prices to begin at a few hundred $ for labor. The size, complexity of the piece and condition will really impact price too. Good luck!

Oh but if you are only talking about a dining chair seat, then price probably will be less :)