30 August 2016

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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10 comments:

  1. oooh these are FANTASTIC! love the fabric paired with these chairs!

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  2. Loooooooove!!! I never noticed the backs were two different shapes. This makes me so happy, Colleen!!! They're gorgeous!

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    1. Oh I'm so glad you like them! Thank you so much for holding them for me!

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  3. Love these chairs! I just "dumpster dived" in my neighborhood and have a midcentury chair to makeover. Very cool!

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  4. Do something wild and paint the wood a crazy color like the lime in the fabric! (oh, and I'd get all the feels about this fabric too)

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  5. These looks amazing!!! I love the fabric you choose!

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