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As you may know at Hutch we love chairs! And, we especially love scouring trade fairs to find unusual mid-century and fifties chairs and restoring them. Take this gorgeous pair of chairs that arrived in the shop over summer which we sourced for one of our clients. We are very happy with how they've been transformed. The chairs have been given a new lease of life, but the fabrics we chose still hark back to the era they were made in.

The journey started with removing the arms and stripping off a thick treacle varnish back to the bear wood, then re-waxing the arms. And doing the same with the legs.

We worked with the client to help her select some fabrics & colours that would complement the setting they would end up in, whilst brining in pops of colour to lighten the feel. 

We ended up using beautiful grey linen from Warwick in gorgeous Slate which is a deep grey but with a bright feel to it. We chose a lime green linen for the piping for the seat edge and the back as well. Reviving the 50s look with a contemporary feel.

Below are a few picks of the chairs as they used to be, with austere dark varnished arms and worn fabric.


Here are some work in progress pics. First we removed the arms, then we stripped off the 'treacle-like' varnish and finally applied a wax. 


We think the end result is gorgeous. 


We look forward to seeing you all in Hutch soon! Be sure to pop in now you're back from your summer holidays. We'll have some more new mid-century & Danish style chairs in the store that we've carefully restored in beautiful fabrics. Plus we've just taken stock of some lovely 50s & 60s sideboards in different shapes & sizes. 

Written by Georgia Hendey — July 02, 2014

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