Before and Afters: Beating the Winter Blues

Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Is spring coming soon, puh-lease???!!!

Clar here, bringing you some of the best of our recent winter flips! Grab some hot tea and a blanket, turn on your fireplace TV and scroll through these handsome pieces of furniture, before and after. Meanwhile, imagine your room full of fresh new upholstery and fabric to alleviate the winter doldrums… these folks did!

Blakeslee before blog

First on our ‘tops’ list – our designer/client’s Mid-Century daybed needed refinishing and all new padding. 

After: fluffed, stuffed and tufted! Fabric is a Brunschwig & Fils chenille basket weave in Sea Glass.

Blakeslee daybed after (2) blog

Here’s the daybed piled high with pillows! Cozy!

Dawson chair before blog

Next, an antique English chair from across the pond, shown in its before shape: cherished and shabby. Our friend and client traveled from the motherland with many family pieces like this one. Sadly, she and her furniture will be going back to the United Kingdom this year.

Dawson chair after (4) blog

After: covered in an old but crisp bolt of crushed linen velvet. I love how the aged velvet looks on the chair – a very cool makeover! I really do like to see all the marks throughout the velvet. It oozes casual and chic. Bon voyage, chair. Safe travels, friend!

Holley arm chair before  (24) blog

Next, an antique arm chair and ottoman set in need! Before…

Holley After (5) blog

Holy moly! After: the duo is shown in Avant Garde’s pattern Tsar color 945. So fresh and full of energy.

Howard chair before blog

This before was our client’s first foray into flipping furniture. She removed damaged caning and turned the frame from white to a raw waxed wood herself! 

Kunz MCM chair before (13) blog front

Another before was really jazzy in its original fabric. This piece was for the accomplished Austin designer, Jerri Kunz!

Kunz MCM chair before (10) blog side

Enjoy the side view, too! What a looker…Adrian Pearsall, I believe?

Wow!!! We loved this makeover!

Kunz after 3 side blog

Upholstered in Knoll’s Rivington in sapphire. Absolutely magnificent. Classic and au courant, both. Thanks so much, Jerri Kunz!

Phillips MCM chairs and ottoman before (11) blog

Pictured next is a cool set that had some needs! Rubber cushions were rotten and dry, fabric crispy, and wood dehydrated near the bottom of the feet from water damage.

Phillips MCM chairs after  (6) blog

Great gravy! Awesome with a buff and polish on the wood, new foam, and Robert Allen’s Wavy Goodbye in Pool.

Ruisinger antique chairs before (9) blog

Before: an antique set needed some zing!

Ruisinger antique chairs after (2)blog

After, looking forward to spring with Robert Allen’s Asterling in Edamame.

Suttles cube chair before (2) blog

Before: a rustic cube chair with a rad Central American textile adorning the upholstery.

Suttles After (2) blog

Deja Blue! Ha! Sorry – had to! After: a corte textile from our client’s travel was used, complete with colorful randas (embroidered stripes) just like before!

Tsai chairs before 3 blog

Lastly, these chairs featured an impressive fabric before!

Tsai mcm chairs after (6) blog

After: the pieces could not be more special! Our long-time client found a vintage Brunschwig & Fils dragon print on eBay, and paired it with MJD’s durable Prima Velvet in Navy. Outstanding! Brunschwig & Fils has re-issued the pattern “shishi”, though none are in such a rich color combination as this! Well done! (Thanks C.T. for the fabric info!)

I do hope that these before and afters encourage you to shovel the dirty snow off the driveway and clear the path to spring! Hang in there, dear readers – winter’s almost done and Spruce is here to help!