Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Antique Birch Occasional Chair - Light Grey Satin Print

Here is a lovely antique chair that was in need of repairs. The frame had some loose joints, and the front of the seat had collapsed.

Here are the before photos:





You can't see too well, but the entire front upholstery was loose and floppy/collapsed.





The old webbing and springs had bowed and stretched out the bottom quite a bit (which happens over time).



When Pierre opened the front of the seat, he found a bunch of wadding stuffed into the cavity in a poor attempt to repair the seat.



With the padding removed, we could see that the old burlap was all torn at the front (again, this is normal wear and tear over time).



The old springs showed signs of previous repairs (newer non-matching ties):



Original seat stuffing:



The chair before being reassembled:





New webbing:



Springs re-tied and burlap installed (sorry no photos). Front edge roll rebuilt and installed:



The original stuffing was re-installed, with a new rough cover, followed by the finish fabric.



Rough cover on the back rest.



And here's the finished chair. We were very lucky to find a nearly perfect match for the gimp (decorative trim):







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