Vintage Drexel Rope and Tassel Arm Chair Makeover

2 Materials
$60.00
Medium

If you are a patient person, it can be well worth your time to recreate something tired and old, into something fabulous and bold!
I was given a set of 4 vintage Drexel Rope and Tassel arm chairs from a friend. They were so tired and worn.
I took the seat and back off, took out a million staples then sanded, and sanded, and sanded some more! (I think my neighbors hate me)! lol
Next I used "Classic Gray" stain by Minwax and while it was wet, I lightly dragged white paint to highlight. It takes a long time to dry, but worth it for the look I was going for. I had to cut out a new seat as the old one disintegrated.
I re upholstered with a whimsical tropical fish upholstery fabric I found on line.
The back was very hard for me to do because it's hollow and there was only a little bit of wood to staple into and I had to do the front and back separately. After much frustration, this is how it turned out! (This was my first time doing hollow back chairs).
I actually received 4 chairs, and to date have finished 2. Thanks for lookin' :)

Suggested materials:

  • Plywood for new seats.  (Left over from another project.)
  • Upholstery fabric  (Ebay)

Top Hometalk Projects

11 Unexpected Ways to Use Spices in Your Home
21 Ways to Have More Polka Dots in Your Life
31 Amazing Furniture Flips You Have to See to Believe
30 Creative Ways To Repurpose Baking Pans
21 Totally Terrific Things You Can Do With Doilies
30 Ways To Use Old Jeans For Brilliant Craft Ideas
30 Creative Ways To Repurpose Baking Pans
31 Creative Garden Features Perfect For Summer
14 Cool Ways To Upholster Chairs That You Can DIY
31 Amazing Furniture Flips You Have to See to Believe
29 Of The Best DIY Mirror Projects Ever Made
Creative Parents Share These Brilliant Kids' Project Ideas
23 DIY Wall Clocks That'll Transform Your Whole Room
31 Coastal Decor Ideas Perfect For Your Home
The 15 Coolest Ways to Reuse Pipes in Your Home Decor

To see more: http://www.facebook.com/junkdrunkrepurposedstuff

Have a question about this project?

2 questions
  • Mickey Baron
    on Apr 20, 2016

    Are all 4 going at the same table? If so, will you be using this same fantastic fish fabric on the other 2? LOVE your redo, it's a stunner.

    • Suzette
      on Apr 20, 2016

      Thank you Mickey! Yes they will all be the same. The other two chairs need some restoration before I can finish them, but in the mean time, I built the table I'll be using with them, and will create a post for that as well soon! :)

  • C Crow
    on Jun 9, 2019

    Looks great. Did you reuse the old padding under the new upholstery? If you replaced it, please share how you did that and with what. Thank you.

Join the conversation

4 of 21 comments
  • Bxg272651
    on Apr 20, 2016

    It is superb!🌺

  • Sha4457197
    on Apr 20, 2016

    That is absolutely gorgeous!! Everything works together so beautifully! LOVE that fabric!

    • Suzette
      on Apr 20, 2016

      @Shangrila427 Thank you so much! I fell in love with the fabric as soon as I saw it! It sort of glows in dim light which I just noticed the other day. Pretty neat stuff! :)

Your comment...