1940's Office Chair MakeOver
Looking at the before photo over there, you wouldn't think "office chair." It is an older style commonly used in executive offices in the 1940's and earlier. Which is why the company owner wanted to refurbish these. The chairs had been in the offices since it was founded and he wanted to extend their legacy.
So, all the upholstery layers have been removed from this one so the frame can be reglued. The wood is walnut and refinishing is in order. The padding and stuffing was deteriorated and will be replaced as well.
The owner wanted to restore the original look of the chairs as much as possible. The wood finish was a simple amber satin to mimic the original varnish. New seat cushions replaced the flattened originals. And the hunt was on for just the right red leather.
We think he nailed it. The chairs are back in front of the executive desk, ready for more decades of guests.
By James Conklin