Mid Century Chair Makeover

This might be my favorite chair project to date. Introducing Eck Adams 2.0.

Updating vintage midcentury Eck Adams chairs with fabric from Tonic Living


This is where we started. 



Wait...let's back up. This story involves another set of similar chairs. Several months ago I traded in our old, country windsor chairs for this set of four vintage vinyl mid century beauties. Without a maker's mark, I don't know if they are Eck Adams, Murphy-Miller, or Gunlocke. A basic google search of each term brings up the same chair images. If you have any insight, I'd love to know!

Craig's List, I bow to thee.

Vintage vinyl mid century chairs found on Craig's List

One minor drawback...only four chairs for a five-person family. We try to eat dinner as a family as often as possible, so this actually matters. These are hard working chairs. So began the search for two chairs that would complete the set, and allow everyone to eat together.


I shared the exciting news of my find with my bloggy friend, Dena, of Hearts & Sharts fame. She is one of my favorite bloggers, creators, my favorite sort of person in general. We both have Basset Hounds, so...

When Dena saw my chairs, along with a virtual high-five, she reminded me of her own set of similar chairs and offered to hold on to them for me. (I borrowed her image below, here the chairs are pictured in her garage) When I traveled to Atlanta in August to attend the Haven Conference, I stayed with Dena, and these beauties came home with me! How's that for hospitality?

Updating vintage midcentury Eck Adams chairs with fabric from Tonic Living

With only slight differences, I could easily make them look like a set. And with the right fabric, I could add them to my own set of four chairs, for a magical set of six! Six comfortable, cute, and unique chairs for our kitchen!

Selecting the Perfect Fabric


This was an easy choice. This specific fabric from Tonic Living has been on my mind for a very long time. The pattern and colors are beautiful, and I need to add more color to our decor. I ordered a 1.5 yards without hesitation, which is rare, because I usually can't make a decision to save my life.

Tonic Living fabric


When the fabric arrived I high-fived myself because the scale of the pattern was just perfect. *This is strictly a thing fabric/upholstery-loving weirdos do. Please do not feel obligated to high-five yourself when you find fabric that is pleasing.*

I agonized for several hours over which motif should be centered on the seat, or the seat back, and should they all match or not? I used the original fabric as a guide for size and how each motif would fit.

Updating vintage midcentury Eck Adams chairs with fabric from Tonic Living

Once each piece was cut and placed, it's all easy going. No sewing required. That is my favorite kind of upholstery project. Just center, pull, and staple. I am so impressed with this material; I was able to stretch and pull tightly enough to eliminate wrinkles and create the perfect curve, free of puckering or pleating. Like magic.  

Ideally the wood frames should will be refinished so they match. I may tackle that someday. But I'm kind of digging the rustic imperfection of the frames as they are.

Updating vintage midcentury Eck Adams chairs with fabric from Tonic Living


Updating vintage midcentury Eck Adams chairs with fabric from Tonic Living

Updating vintage midcentury Eck Adams chairs with fabric from Tonic Living

I used blue linen fabric from my stash for the chair backs. The back cushions are obviously shaped differently, but the busy pattern almost makes that difference disappear, like an optical illusion. Side-by-side, the difference in wood tone is apparent, so I'll keep them apart (at opposite ends of the table) until I feel like tackling that (maybe never).

Updating vintage midcentury Eck Adams chairs with fabric from Tonic Living

Thanks Dena! Now our family can eat together at the family dinner table in harmony! My husband and kids are rolling their eyes so thankful!
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Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest: Class It Up with D. Lawless Hardware

All opinions and thoughts expressed within this post are 100% my own, however, this post is sponsored by D. Lawless Hardware. 


Welcome to a brand new Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest™! This month we teamed up with D. Lawless Hardware.

I am a huge fan of D. Lawless Hardware. My love of hardware began with a certain bohemian clothing/home store. Back in the day, I adored their hardware selection like a kid adores candy. D. Lawless Hardware carries everything the other place carries, at a much better price. When a dresser requires 12 to 16 pieces of hardware, the prices add up quickly! I also prefer to support a small family business with a strong emphasis on customer service. 



My Project

I decided to fix one of my original paint projects from many years ago. To be clear, I painted this many, many years before I knew anything about how to paint. Wow. This thing was a hot mess. I feel a tremendous amount of guilt for making Natalie live with this nightmare. #sarcasm



 This dresser serves as a lesson in how to do everything wrong when painting furniture; I am already writing a separate post about what I should have done differently, and how I fixed those mistakes the second time around.

Once I started sanding, that latex paint peeled off like a...sheet of latex.



While I'm not beating you over the head with a dramatic before & after with this makeover, the beautiful brass hardware makes a huge difference. With the right paint and simple, beautiful hardware, it looks like a different dresser. 





Natalie was adamant about sticking with white for this piece, but I was "allowed" to choose the hardware. I went with these simple satin brass pulls. I honestly can't believe these are only $2.65 each. At that price you would expect to receive cheap, light-weight plastic/metal, but these pulls are solid and heavy. 


brass hardware


Originally, the dresser had 16 pulls. That's just too much to look at. I simplified by eliminating 4 of the pulls on the top drawers. The original holes were filled and I centered the brass pulls in the recessed area. 



brass hardware, furniture makeover, white dresser


We decided to stain the top rather than painting it. 




Contest Details:

August 2016 Sponsor: D. Lawless Hardware
Projects must be linked up between August 1-19
Prize Package: First Place - $200 Gift Certificate to D. Lawless Hardware
Second Place - $50 Gift Certificate to D. Lawless Hardware

Stacy of Anastasia Vintage will be here next week to share her furniture makeover. Check back often to see all of the projects as they roll in!





I can't wait to see your beautiful creations!

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DIY Geometric Gold Leaf Votives


how to apply gold leaf to glass


In April I participated in the latest edition of Swap It Like Its Hot. This time I received several items from Dena of Hearts and Sharts. So here I am, many months later, finally sharing the tutorial. 

Buried in a box of frames and scrapbook paper, I also received a set of plain glass tea light votives, used, just like little votives you probably have in a drawer somewhere, complete with a layer of melted wax covering the bottom. 

Other people's wax is like other's people chewed gum or cast-off band aid. I know. 

Please don't let that icky layer of melted wax stop you. 

DIY geometric gold leaf votives

My votives were squeaky clean and "good as new" in a matter of minutes. I filled each tiny container with very hot tap water and let it sit long enough to soften the wax. After a few minutes the wax will loosen from the glass and pop out. The whole thing easily comes clean with a soapy sponge. 

Dry the glass and you're ready to add some gold!

Gather Your Materials


Some notes about the materials I used: The Gilding Size is by Coda Artisans.
The gold leaf originally came in sheet form, but this stash of shredded leaf was leftover from a previous project, and I love the texture it creates, as opposed to the perfection of a flat sheet of metallic leaf. A bit of copper leaf made its way in there too!


DIY geometric gold leaf votives

In the example below I used a jam container. My kids' favorite raspberry jam comes in this little glass jar, and we go through one a week. I couldn't stand to let these go (says the hoarder) so I added a little gold for fun. 

The Process


Decide where you want the leaf to go, and use painter's tape to protect the area that will remain free of leaf. I wanted gold leaf to cover the design on the bottom, and a tiny section just above. 

DIY geometric gold leaf votives

Apply a thin layer of gilding size to the area that will be covered in leaf. Allow it to dry for about 10 minutes; you want it to be dry but still tacky. If the gilding size is too wet the leaf will be gooey, so apply it thin and let it dry for a few minutes. 

DIY geometric gold leaf votives

I made a little pile of gold leaf. Oh, here's a tip: do not sneeze in the presence of leaf. Do not use a fan of any kind in the presence of leaf. Do not breathe heavily in the presence of leaf. This material is as light as air and it will go everywhere! 

gold leaf

I rolled the glass into the pile of leaf, then patted it on to any thin areas with my fingers. 

Let it dry for a few minutes before removing excess leaf.

Use a regular old paint brush or any brush with stiff bristles to remove the excess material. You want a very thin layer. I sort of chip away at the leaf, holding the brush against the glass vertically. Save the extra, store it in a baggie, and use it again. 

Can you see the bits of copper mixed in there? 

DIY geometric gold leaf votives


I still use the votives from the Swap It Challenge. I love the glow. 


gold leaf votives


DIY geometric gold leaf votives


DIY geometric gold leaf votives

The jam container functions as our spare change jar.  

gold leaf on glass


Also, now my kids are gold-leafing all of the things.

kids crafts gold leaf diy

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