I got a message late one night through Facebook asking for a quote to recover and restore a very special chair. Lucy’s grandfather had recently passed away at the amazing age of 103.
She had his chair, the one that he sat in, and one that he’d bought for his wife years before. Her instructions to me were only that…
“The fabric needs to be a lighter colour and something happy/bright to mirror the person it belonged to.”
I’ll admit it, I was very daunted. This was a very precious chair, belonging to a grieving family and the brief was scant.
I started my research by looking at Iliv fabrics, and I originally suggested happy colours to be yellow or orange, colours I love. However, I was mindful of the colour of the stripped wood and in my opinion, a contrast between wood and fabric looks better.
I sent over about six samples, and Lucy knew immediately which one she preferred, funnily enough, the first one I sent to her. The fabric is Scandi Birds in blue.
He loved birds and used to sit in the chair watching the birds at the feeders. It seemed to be a perfect match.
We agreed on details like buttons and piping and 3 weeks later I delivered her new chair.
I sanded the dark varnish off the wood and finished it in a clear wax. I had fun pattern matching the birds on the front and arms, all the time very mindful that this a very important piece of furniture.
Luckily, the response from Lucy was ‘I love it!’
To remind them of the old chair, I saved a piece of the old fabric cover for Lucy too.
I loved restoring this chair and bringing it up to date.