Follow a project from start to finish! Freelance writer Katie Schlientz blogged about her own reupholstering project with TapeMeasure on RealEstate.LohudBlogs.com. To read more about the project details, please click here.
A few weeks ago, I took an antique chair to TapeMeasure in Pleasantville to get reupholstered. Owners Warren Cook and Elizabeth Calderone helped me through the process, going as far as offering advice for selecting the best fabric for the style I was looking for.
When I received the call from Elizabeth to let me know the chair was finished, I could hear the excitement in her voice. Not only was the chair completed before the scheduled date (a feat because of the intricate tufting on the back), she was also thrilled with the outcome. I couldn’t wait to make my return to the store for the big reveal.
When I arrived the next morning, I couldn’t believe my eyes. Not only was that ugly, neon green shaggy fabric stripped away, but it was perfectly replaced by the fabric I had selected. If I didn’t know any better, I would have guessed it was a brand new chair for sale—every detail of the tufting, right down to the piping, was perfect.
It was so beautiful, I was honestly afraid to sit in the chair. But when I did, I was in for another surprise—support! No longer did I sink a good three inches into the chair. The springs had been retied and the seat had been restuffed with horse hair (a tell-tale sign of the chair’s age), to bring the chair’s innards back to full potential.
The chair that was given to me for free is now a focal point in my living room. And now, it’s the geometric pattern guests are commenting on, instead of that crazy color. The reupholstery project not only updated the desperate look, but it also added to the chair’s story—it’s a piece I’ll enjoy for years to come.
• TapeMeasure, 41 Washington Ave., Pleasantville, 914-769-6421, www.TapeMeasureDesign.com