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My name is Gerrie Wydeven doing-business-as Wydeven Designs. I have been conducting this small GREEN business since 2004. Wydeven Designs, based in the Atlanta, Georgia area, sells CHAIRS, LOVESEATS, CHAISES, SETTEES and other fine, well-constructed refurbished upholstered pieces. I love to travel, cook, take photographs and generally follow style and decor topics as well!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Before and After - Hickory Chair and Sherrill

I have previously written about how the quality of both Hickory Chair and Sherrill (great North Carolina furniture manufacturers still in business)!   Whenever I have an opportunity to pick up some nice pieces for a good price, I feel confident of their "refurbishing worthiness" - the construction almost always features hand-tied 8-way coil springs which is the GOLD standard of fine upholstered furniture.  I am on a personal mission to help people identify furniture worth redoing.  It is expensive to re-upholster furniture and just not worth it if the piece is not well constructed and likely to last at least one or more generations (not just years).  The easiest way to tell if something has hand-tied coils is to flip the piece over and look underneath for large round coils.  You should also be able to feel the coils very easily.  A mistake people often make is to lift the cushion and observe that there is a metal foundation to hold up the cushion - this is NOT what I am talking about.  Once you know what to look for, it is easy and takes about one second.

In addition to finding these featured pieces in such good condition, I was also able to use fabrics I recently purchased at Fabric World (see previous blogs for these great finds).  I love how these turned out.

Before - Sherrill Club Chair

After - Sherrill Clubs in Richloom Platinum Toile

After - Hickory Chair Edwardian in Embroidered Linen 


  1. I am so excited to find out that you have a Blog. While scouring the internet to find chairs to compliment my beautiful black & white Ethan Allen chairs from you, I was led back to where it all started. Nothing out there compares to your work. I am waiting to find a pair of chairs similar to the French Country Wingbacks, or maybe a pair of Bereges or maybe a beautiful settee in natural colors; linen, grey, or a light blue print. Your work is so wonderful and your eye to quality is evident. Thanks!!!

  2. Thanks Jerri, I love those chairs and hope I can find something else for you!