Monday, November 26, 2007

My Newly Redone Chairs!

I'm extremely excited to get back my chairs that have been refinished and
reupholstered. Let me know what you think and which one you like best!

It was hard to get the camera to reflect the green just right. The photo on
the left looks closest to the actual hue. Sort of a lime-pea green of finely
ribbed corduroy. Victorian side chair.

Victorian styled barrel chair. It swivels. Had it done in cream velvet.
Bought it and lugged the thing home in my little sedan off of Craig's List.

Love damask patterns. I actually bought this off of Ebay!
The finish is actually semi-metallic gold.

Mid-Century style barrel chair. The color of this fabric is "Gorgeous".
Hard to describe though, a bit reflective - a cross between a dusky rose
and copper tint kind of color. The wheels are original and made of rubber.
Great for wood floors.

Silver-leaf finished Louis chairs.

Color of this chair was a bit hard to capture as well. Had it redone
in a bright Cerise color with a tint of purple/blue in it. Velvet of course.
I think we all see a pattern here.

Bright, finely ribbed Raspberry Corduroy. I actually bought
this chair from a lady whose husband worked in the hotel industry.
I also bought an original Jack Daniel's signed whiskey barrel from
them. Have no idea what I'm going to do with it yet, but I
just couldn't resist.

Hollywood Regency styled faux bamboo framed chair - I had done
in Black Velvet and copper metallic spray paint. Been really
liking the look of Metallic Copper lately.

As you can see my obsession across my unfinished living room.

All photos from my personal collection.


annechovie said...

Hello! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Looks like you are doing a great job. Welcome to blogging! You have some wonderful chairs. Love that cerise color!

J Lee said...

Thanks for dropping by my blog! I love what you've done with the chairs. I especially like the first one in the green and the Louis chairs in silver leaf! I actually have a louis chair that I'm getting re-done in white with big orange floral prints for a client of mine ^^ Your bench with that great demask print is awesome - I would love to see the frames in white!

What do you do with all these chairs?


Alkemie said...

Hi Jenn,

I will probably keep most of them and will probably sell some of the other pieces. I have more stuff coming in later as well. I think my fiance is going to have a heart attack.

Karen ^_^

Alkemie said...

Hi Jenn,

I forgot to say, thank you for leaving your comments on the chairs - I really enjoyed hearing other opinons about them. Thanks!


lindsey said...

love the chairs. where did you get them all done?

Alkemie said...

Hi Lindsey,

Thanks for dropping by! I get them done at Kay Chesterfield which is located in Oakland. I can give you more information if you want to email me at They have been around a long time and do beautiful work.


Brilliant Asylum said...

I like the cream velvet chair. Luxurious.

mermer said...

hi, I think I got here from designsponge. anyway, the silver chairs are my favorite! is that coffee table from cb2? do you do any refurbishing yourself, or is it all outsourced?

Alkemie said...

Hi Mermer,

Thanks for coming by! Anything that needs refinishing or is tufted and large pieces I usually send in to have redone. I live in a condo and there is no room for that kind of workspace/chemicals and quite frankly, not what I enjoy doing. Pillows and draperies I usually do myself with my mom or a friend. And spray painting... that reminds me, I ought to post pictures of items I've spraypainted - many LOL. I love acrylic and the coffee table actually comes from Plex-Craft based out of New York. Had it shipped to California - I was that bent on having it.

Alkemie said...

Mermer, sorry I just wanted to make sure I had it spelled right. Plexi-Craft. The difference with this table and CB2's is the scale. The length, the thickness of the acrylic, the height, and the fact that the "legs" of the table at the sides curve inward. But I think CB2's is definitely a more economical way to get a similar look if you don't mind smaller scale. I had to get something longer and higher because my couch is long. You've inspired me to do a post on Lucite/Acrylic down the road. Thank you!

Apryll Annie said...

Stunning! I LOVE the silver leaf louis chairs!

Things That Inspire said...

WOW - great post. I love what you have done with the chairs! Thank you so much for your post on my blog...I did not realize that you were such a chair expert as I had not seen this post!

mermer said...

thanks for the comments! I love your coffee table, and the curved legs do make all the difference in the world! we live in an apartment, so we always take over my mother-in-law's garage whenever we are working on a project... but I think she loves us anyway!

beachbungalow8 said...

what a great post! love those chairs. so innovative and fresh.

Alkemie said...

Thank you so much for all of the wonderful posts! It's been really fun visiting all of your blogs as well! Love the feedback on your favorites. It's always interesting to hear back what others like. I have more coming down the road. I will do a before and after post as well on these chairs. It's always interesting to see what they originally looked like.

S. said...

I'm always curious about "redoing" old furniture since I was always under the impression that the cost was prohibitive. If you don't mind me asking... how much (you can give approximate amounts, if you prefer) do these projects cost you?

Alkemie said...

Hi S,

Have you got an email address I can contact you with instead of posting a lengthy reply here?


vikaki said...

hello!!!!!!!!this is the first time i comment on your page...
first of all,i have to say that your living room is the lavender sofa!!!
from the redone chairs i love the black ones..they look absolutely amazing!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

the victorian barrel chair, does it swivel the full 180' or complete 360' or other? and also do you know what make and model or who it was by for that chair?

Alkemie said...

Anonymous - the chair does swivel 360 degrees. It is actually a vintage chair that I had reupholstered. If you're interested, I am selling it. You can email me at

Thank you,,

Mike said...

I want that purple sofa. It's so nice.

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