A customer came to Queen Anne Upholstery and Refinishing hoping to preserve their chair as much as possible. The customer came to our furniture repair shop and explained that the chair had been in her family for several decades and it was left to her when her mother passed away. We let the customer know that we would preserve the chair and bring it back to originality as much as we could. The customer reluctantly left the chair and we reassured her that the chair would be safe in our care.
Chair Refinishing Project Begins
We removed the fabric and the seating cushions from the chair, then we started repairing the springs in the seating area, then we added new foam to the seating area so sitting in it would be comfortable. The next step was gently hand sanding the legs and wood on the chair. This sanding is all done by hand. Then we applied the stain that would match the original color. We let the chair sit overnight, so it would be completely dry before we applied the finish to the chair. The following morning we added the finish to the chair. The wood finish was restored to its original state.
The seat was updated to a distressed leather with button tufting details. The back seat of the chair kept the same fabric as before, and the leather and original fabric came together and looked wonderful together. We were able to have the chair refinishing and furniture repairs done a day before we told the customer that the chair would be finished. We called her to let her know she could pick up her chair and she said she would come over immediately to look it over.
The customer arrived and was thrilled with the way her chair looked. She couldn’t get over how beautiful it looked and the original fabric that was left on the back of the seat really pleased her. This fabric reminded her of the long life of the chair and all the memories in her family that it held. The customer said the chair looked even better than she could have imagined. She thanked us for doing an amazing job.
Queen Anne Upholstery and Refinishing restores and preserves your treasured pieces. Call or email us for a quote regarding your next antique furniture restoration. We can bring life back to your prized antiques and heirloom furniture pieces.
One of the most asked question at our showroom is how to choose a fabric that is kid and/or pet friendly. At Queen Anne Upholstery & Refinishing, we provide our customers with different options that are available for different fabric lines. We have a great selection of fabrics available for reupholstery in Bellevue and Seattle. The top three main options that are kid and/or pet friendly which include Crypton, Nanotex, and Fabric Guard.
Fabric Options for Chair and Sofa Repair, or Reupholstery:
- Crypton Home Fabrics are resistant to stains and odors, but is a soft and durable fabric. Customers can choose from an array of textures and colors with Crypton Home Fabric’s. The fabric is stain and spill resistant, and is easy to clean. The fabrics stay fresh due to the built in odor resistance. The fabric is processed in the United States and is a pet and kid friendly fabric.
- Nanotex is a stain and spill resistant. The Nanotex Fabric is Eco-friendly and comes with an odor neutralizer. The fabric provides the cool comfort, as it balances body temperatures by wicking away at any moisture. To have the Nanotex finish applied will require an additional 3-4 weeks lead time.
- Fabric Guardis a finish that our production facility would apply for an additional fee. Fabric Guard is a stain protector coating that replaced Scotchgard (an old solution), which was banned by the EPA in 2002. This finish is applied once your project is complete, so it can be applied on areas that wear easily such as the seating area and the arm area.
If you would like the Nanotex or Fabric Guard process added to your project, you don’t have to worry about these processes changing the look, feel, or texture of your fabric. These applications will protect the fabric while adding life and keeping your fabrics safe and attractive for many, many years.
Queen Anne Upholstery & Refinishing provides professional upholstery, reupholstery, and chair refinishing in Bellevue and Seattle. In addition to upholstery, we can perform furniture repair or refinishing for any pieces before they are reupholstered. Our customers can select any of these fabrics that are kid and pet friendly, and when your upholstery project is completed you will have beautiful furniture without having to worry about stains from rough play or naughty pets. Call today to discuss these options in further detail, we’d be happy to answer all your questions.
Here are some of our favorite wools from Pollack and Maharam fabric companies! Do you have a midcentury modern piece that has unique curves? These are perfect for your next Bellevue chair refinishing project. We love using these fabrics on pieces where there is a unique form required to reupholster. These colors will provide the pop of color and attention your special piece deserves in a room. From egg chairs to womb chairs to Eames chairs—we have you covered.
Our company has been around since the 1930’s, passed down generation to generation. The amount of experience and knowledge gained through the years and passed down to the next family member about the craftsmanship of upholstery and refinishing is immense. We like to compare it to inheriting that box full of hand written recipe cards from a great grandmother, full of the secret ingredients that set it apart from the rest. We have inherited those secret ingredients in the art of upholstery and furniture refinishing in Bellevue. Our eyes have seen the most incredible pieces of furniture carried through our doors, ranging from uncovering intricately carved wood chair frames that have been hidden under upholstery since the early 1900s, to refurbishing an old trunk that once carried one’s entire possessions from Finland after World War II.
Having said all of this, we were lucky enough to have a most cherished piece come into our hands recently, one in which we had not seen before. A customer called in to tell us he had an heirloom that was sitting in his family’s garage in Midwest; a rocking baby cradle with an intricate crank mechanism that was in utter disrepair and a missing handle. He was hoping to return it to its original functioning state so he sought out the experts at Queen Anne Upholstery and Refinishing to complete this dream of restoring it. We had it shipped from the Midwest, all the way to Seattle to be assessed by our experts.
This is not something we could order offline or walk into the local hardware store to find the missing part. We received the precious piece to our production shop and took some time studying the original vintage mechanism. The cradle rocking system had a spring mechanism that went from one end of the cradle to the other, and was not functional. We ended up restoring the old spring and reengineering the system. We re-tightened the whole mechanism, and used a weight in the cradle to simulate the weight of a baby. We made adjustments and technical refinements to follow and were able to return the cradle and crank to its original functioning state. We also re-created the missing handle that replicated what would have been used originally, stained to blend with the existing finish patina.
The frame and spindles were also loose and wobbly, in need of re-gluing and strengthening– another area of work we take pride in. All joints were re-glued and the entire stain finish was touched up to its former glory.
Queen Anne Upholstery and Refinishing has a knack and a passion for working on items such as this one, where we need to step back a few generations into the shoes of the former craftsmen who created the furniture we are privileged to work on, to recreate and restore the beauty and quality of antique, vintage, or specialty one of a kind items.