I must have been riding a real high from last year's bucket list upholstery project when I added item No.4 to this year's Furniture Flip Bucket List. I mean, what's 6 more chairs right? So when I stumbled on a set of dining chairs at the thrift store I jumped at the chance to cross another item off my list.
Mid-Century Modern Dining Chairs
I figured they'd be easy-peasy: just recover the cushions and I'd be in business. But not only did each chair need new fabric, they also needed to be sanded, touched up, and oiled. I'd like to say my biceps are bulging from all that elbow grease I put in, but who am I kidding - biceps need actual muscle definition to be visible. Ha!
Although they don't have an obvious maker's mark, these chairs have the signature Y-backs and tapered legs from the Broyhill Premiere Sculptra line - a collection of walnut pieces "luxurious in appearance...[but] modest in price" dating back to 1957.
**Update** Since publishing this post, I have learned that although very similar to the Broyhill Premiere Sculptra line, these chairs are actually Kent Coffey Perspecta pieces. Kent Coffey was also a mid-century designer and a leading Broyhill competitor in addition to being a friend and neighbor to James Broyhill himself.
But if I was going to restore them back to their mid-mod glory, the suspiciously sticky brown vinyl on my thifted chairs had to go.
So taking a cue from last year's chair, I recovered them in a white linen.
I did think about recovering them in a patterned fabric but figure the white linen will make them more versatile for a buyer's decor. Plus you can easily accent them with pillows or other other colorful accessories.
The set comes with 5 armless side chairs
and one captain's chair.
If you're in the DC metro area and in the market for some restored retro cuties (or a custom order like them), hit me up!
Set of 6 Kent Coffey Dining Chairs
Now Available for Sale
Three down, four to go. Catch up on the 2017 Furniture Flip Bucket List.