Do you own a piece of furniture from an older era that fights your mid mod mad aesthetic? If you’re willing to embrace the eclectic: Upholster it is an outrageous fabric or one that contradicts its original era. That’s what Christine did — and now, she says, she has a chair that “makes me smile every time I walk into my living room.” How outrageous did she go? Pretty darned outrageous >>

Christine writes:

Hi Pam. Referring to your post about new old stock fabrics from GilFabrics (Etsy), I ended up buying the blue/green wave fabric and reupholstered a chair in it. The chair is a Victorian/Eastlake type of chair (wrong century – ha ha). It looks fantastic.

I looked for fabric for two years for this chair, so thanks to you and your write up on (the fabrics in) that shop, I now have a chair that makes me smile every time I walk into my living room. The chair looks great with my “Cone” Chairs too. I’m just a mish mash of eras!

Nicely done, Christine! My “dream house” would be a mish mash of eras, too. P.S. Writing this post led me to look at GilFabrics again. I ended up buying some vintage vinyl — the gold scrolled — for use in my Mahalo Lounge — some of the vintage vinyls on the site are pretty awesome!

  1. linoleummy says:

    Sock it to me (a-la Goldie Hawn on Laugh-In) Christine! It’s definitely a much more inviting seat IMHO now.
    The one thing I have that I’d like to change the look of is a modest 1966 colonial style Ridgeway grandfather clock I inherited. If I could make a bamboo shell to fit over it and dress it up tiki style it would finally fit it’s location. Just a mask because it really is a nice clock.

  2. Mary Elizabeth says:

    With the new upholstery, you have a truly unique piece here! And by the way, Eastlake (from Charles Eastlake) is a style of furniture from the later Victorian period, related to the Arts and Crafts movement. I love it. I think it is particularly suited to mixing in with other styles and periods, especially when you have one outstanding “pop” piece like this.

  3. Suzie C says:

    I love the before shot -outside in the Fall
    And the after shot -outside in the snow ????

    Nice job! Looks great!

  4. Jan says:

    I have two of those type of chairs (officially, they are Eastlake design from about 1910 or so) that I’ve always wanted to do that to (as soon as I can forgive myself for covering up the lovely antique fabric my great-grandmother sat on in her first married home). My problem is that in some move, one of the front wheels fell off and disappeared. One good for sitting, but the other is either all wobblydegook or with the other wheel removed, you feel like your sliding off the front of the chair. So, I’m off on a search for the right wheel. You’d be surprised at just how many different wheels were made for Eastlake chairs – different sizes, different posts, even different wheel materials (above look like they’re porcelain; mine are wood). Great job, Christine!

    1. Chris says:

      Yes they are porcelain. I didn’t realize how lucky I was to have all 4 of them until you mentioned how difficult it was to find replacements

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