This is the story of a mid-century 50 year old chair and her makeover. Since 50 is the new 40, and 40 is the new 30, well… you know, I guess that means this chair isn’t very old, right? Right.
Mmmkay, now that I’ve cleared that up, this thrift store beauty had a gorgeous structure, but needed a little plastic surgery to bring her up to par to today’s standards. I actually was hoping to find all four of the set, but I guess it wasn’t meant to be. So the lone chair came home for a beauty improvement.
Following my own instructions from my post HERE about recovering a chair seat, I began by unscrewing the seat from the bottom of the chair. Easy enough, just a few screws to remove. Also, I found out that F. Wilson might be missing a chair. Well Mr. F, I rescued her and she’s in good hands, don’t worry.
Once that scratchy mauve turned mummy colored cloth was removed, I found the original 1963 terra cotta vinyl seat. It was in pristine condition because it’s been covered for 20 years. Now, I would’ve been stoked if this had been lime green, yellow, pretty much any color than brick.
But, alas, no.
I was cool to find the original manufacture date (look, Valentines Day!) and type of wood (Walnut), but never did come across the manufacturer. Bummer.
Anyway, I never actually intended to keep the pretty little chair, and because I’m in a coastal community I knew my best chances of selling quickly were to recover her in a trendy modern fabric with a bit of coastal colors involved.
And yes, she sold very quickly, and for a very good price.
And just because it’s fun, let’s take one more look at this beauty queen over the years…
What do you think?
Yes, I do believe she is.