Antique Wingbacks Get a Modern Makeover

These wingback chairs were some of the first pieces of furniture that we acquired when we moved into our house over a year ago, and they definitely set the tone for our formal living room. I had done some reupholstering myself before, but knew this was a job that called for a professional. I didn’t want to have any part in ruining these chairs that had been so well preserved since the 1930’s! Finding fabric and the right upholstery shop were my big tasks.

Found at a garage sale for $8. They were owned by one family since the 1930’s. What a S-T-E-A-L!!
After many hours debating fabric options and shopping for the cheapest rupholstery shop around
I went back and forth whether the citrine chevron was too much. I decided to pair it with a more neutral wood grain/paisley fabric and white piping.  I realize that for some people the pattern is too much. (Some days shortly after the makeover I was one of those people.) Looking back, I’m so glad I bit the bullet and went for the bold fabric choice. My style tends to merge traditional elements with a modern twist. The lines of the chair are so classic, but the fabric lends a playfulness that keeps our formal living room feeling fresh. You can read more details about this project on Design*Sponge HERE.


  1. says

    These are adorable! I saw these at Miss Mustard Seed’s blog and had to click on the picture! I also just upholstered a wingback chair, but yours are amazing!!! Love them!

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