Sunday, June 1, 2008

Alkemie will take a break this week ~ More Before & After photos of Chairs

I'll be taking a break from posting this week but wanted
to leave you with more before and after photos of items
that I am prepping for my webstore. I hope you enjoy
them and I will be back next week!

A closer look at the chair in its original state.
I really have something for caned chairs
and furniture. Just something about them
really appeal to me. Probably second only
to my obsession with tufted furniture...

I had them redone in faux leather-like
material with a black lacquer finish for a
very modern twist.

Sorry this photo is so bad, it's a scanned
photo of a copy of the original. I really
liked the "X" legs on these chairs.

Had them refinished in black lacquer and muted purple velvet.
The color is a shade or two deeper in actuality. What's neat about
the chairs is that the back pillow can be removed because the back
cushion is secured by two snap on buttons behind the chair.

Outside of Tufts, Faux bamboo furniture is another
obsession. Here's the original chair in Green.

The outcome in black velvet and
a shiny, metallic copper finish.

I love these small Victorian parlor chairs.
They are so cute and very versatile as they
are smaller and size and can be put just about

I got this armchair from a lady whose husband
used to work in the hotel business and had left
over pieces.

Redone in finely ribbed Raspberry corduroy.
I always think this chair would be great for a
nursery or a girl's room.

All photos from Alkemie's own collection.


Fifi Flowers said...

FUN to find something and recreate it! For me it's finding lovely sites like yours with all your fabulous photo postings and recreate it in a painting! These are some great recreations!

flow said...

You have a thing for black & white I see... :) Gorgeous! I especially love the first chair, I could totally see something like that in my house.

See you next week hun!
Jenn L

Cote de Texas said...

Your web store is going to be a success! Everything looks great here.



girl meets glamour said...

They look so great, I'm doing the same thing right now, making over some ugly chairs!!


Melissa Lewis - Off The Wall said...

Wow, those chairs are fabulous! Enjoy the week off:)

SimplyGrove said...

You are so talented!!! Great job!

katiedid said...

What a talent yuo have for recreation! I love the black bamboo chair with white upholstery! Wonderful job. :)

Ursie B said...

So cool! I can't wait to see your store. It's going to be filled with such tempting items!

Things That Inspire said...

Wow - you really have an eye for reimaging chairs!

I am still waiting on my chairs to be painted....5 months later! I called the lady doing the work and said that I would be picking up the chairs no matter what, painted or not, as I just want to get them back at this point.

j u s t i m a g i n e said...

oh wow........can't wait to see your website up and running.......these are fabulous !!!

All Things Bright and Beautiful... said...

Karen! You amaze me! I am SO IMPRESSED - WOW girl ! you certainly walk the talk!! WOw wow wow!

Let me know when your webstore is up chicklette -

Wow wow wow!!

diana @ please sir said...

Love these chairs - great collection! Thanks for answering some of those questions - sounds like a great life!

pinkstilettos said...

WOW Amazing. These new made over chairs are awesome. I am in love with the first chair with the black and white!

annechovie said...

Wow, Karen! You have such a talent for transforming things - your web store should be a huge success! All the best to you!

Pigtown-Design said...

It's incredible what a coat of paint and some great fabric can do for an ugly chair! Super job!

Jules said...

Oh my goodness! I just love what you've done with each chair! I would love to one day have a little workshop where I can refurbish and restore old chairs like these. It's amazing what a little paint and fabric can do!

coco+kelley said...

oh yum. YUM YUM YUM. i love the black and white!!!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I just love the black and white chairs as well as the victorian parlor chair. Nice work.

Teal Chic said...

Hi Karen! I don't know if you've been tagged or not, but I "tagged" your blog. The questions are on my blog. Hope you are having a great weekend.

Take care!

Kari & Kijsa said...

Absolutely Fabulous!! Love the black and white combos!
Have a fabulous weekend!

kari & kijsa

My Notting Hill said...

Looking forward to your online store!

Topsy Turvy said...

Wow, so talented! Great job!


Rebecca said...

You have such an amazing eye! The chairs are crazy cool. You're making me consider being brave; perhaps I'll attempt a recover job on an old chair of mine. Unfortunately it doesn't have nearly the 'lovely bones' as your finds.

Emily said...

You chairs look awesome! We have this store in Dallas called Again and Again and it's so fun to see chairs transformed to have a completely new look! Love what you have done here.

Emily @ Material Girls

Anonymous said...

Soo cool! love them all!! :-)

ericka said...

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE the black and white chairs at the top...they are fabulous!!!!

research writing service said...

such contrast always looking well. B & W especially, coz it''s a classic combination

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