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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!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Before and After - Magical Transformations!

My little business thrives on the fact that there are SO many great pieces of heirloom-quality furniture out there in desperate need of being saved. It is just a matter of finding the piece and transforming it to perpetuate its life for another 20-30 plus years. I just had this discussion with a new client yesterday - it is worth spending the time and money to find and refurbish a well manufactured piece of furniture and it creates a value that is very hard to duplicate today at anywhere near the same cost (if at all). And the best part - it is an environmentally friendly approach to home furnishings!

Here is my latest crop of "before and after" transformations - all deserving a gold star!

I found this little chair at a local thrift shop and redid the woodwork with chalk paint. This lovely Waverly print has now been used on four pieces. 
This chair came from the same thrift store as above - I do love this lively linen-blend fabric! 
This chair came from an estate sale and the dark brown wood was badly scarred. It is heavy and very comfortable - a little more "masculine" than my normal transformations.
This vintage settee was purchased at a "Vicki's" estate sale. I love the french stripe!
These three chairs were bought at a consignment shop during one of our road trips (this one to Virginia). The looks are very different. Both were refinished in chalk paint (two chairs in duck egg blue and the other old ochre).  
This set of chairs was purchased at a flea market during our recent trip to West Palm Beach, FL. The set was totally transformed with a lacquer paint and cream linen fabric.
This is another chair from one of "Vicki's" estate sales. The wood was in perfect condition - it just needed a fresh fabric.
Another vintage chaise from "Vicki's" sales. I did have to discard the down cushion - it was not salvable. The new high density foam cushion gives the piece a more tailored look.
I bought these lovely chairs from a craigslist add - eight lovely Baker chairs. I waited a long time before selecting the yellow silk (with velvet backs). They are on their way to Naples, Florida. 
Another "Vicki's" estate sale purchase! I have used this highly textured cream fabric on a set of Baker settees last year so it is only fitting to use the remaining fabric on this great chair!
ANOTHER "Vicki's" sale piece (hidden in garage and in plastic wrap and found by my husband). The soft cotton velvet was the right fabric for this lovely piece which is already in its new home in Southern California. 
I bought this great chair in a consignment shop right after the holidays. It will be on its way to its new home in Pennsylvania soon!
OK - this is the last "Vicki's" estate sale piece for today (although I have more). This nicely sized chair with down cushion was redone in a nice woven tweed.
Well, that's the latest batch! I hope it inspires others to look for and refurbish these gems from yesteryear - happy hunting!

1 comment:

  1. Love them all. Wonderful choice of fabric for each piece.