As most of you know, I do almost all of my restoration work myself. I am very comfortable tackling a trashed piece of Heywood Wakefield and cleaning up other wood pieces, gluing up joints, upholstery issues and even trying such things as caning and Danish paper cord. I took in a lovely original 'large' Diamond chair by Harry Bertoia for Knoll with intensions of restoring it for myself. The large lounger style chairs are no longer in production, so these are very cool finds and it did not come cheap, but I paid a fair price for it knowing I would need to invest a few hundred dollars into it to bring it up to snuff for the next 60 years. Here is a recap of my evaluation and plan of attack for completing the restore and I will continue to update as I move along. This chair, by the way, was my holy grail. Because I specialize in sourcing chairs, please know it is very hard to let these beauties go, as I love them all! Each maker and designer I encounter is a new adventure in researching and love and I pour a lot of each into my projects. I also am proud and happy as they move on to their forever homes. Also, it feels good to know that my customers are investing into their furniture collection, rather than purchasing something new and inferior or even a replica of these fine original pieces.
Evaluation: The chair itself is lovely. It came with it's original fabric cover, which seems in good shape, however, the foam inside is dust and if there is one thing I have learned, DO NOT trust fabric (or foam) from the 50's!!!! I can't just throw this in the washer. Extreme care will be taken to preserve this cover when I am taking apart, removing the dust, cleaning and then putting replacement foam in and closing it back up. In the event something goes terribly wrong, I can use it as a pattern for a new cover.....HOPEFULLY. The chair itself is structurally sound, however, there are about 14 welds on the front of the seat that need to be welded back down as they popped up at some point in their life. There is surface rust on the legs and base especially, but the rest of the chair is decent.
The Plan: Ok so my plan is still in the formulation and finalizing stages BUT here it goes. Found a welder on CL who can handle the tacking. My best bud has a bunch of metal patio chairs he is going to get blasted so I am getting in on his action. Turns out the blaster has a dad who powder coats, so bingo....I am hoping he can arrange that for me as well. Since my chair will have to be disassembled, I will now look into ordering replacement rubber shock mounts...I believe they are easily available on ebay. I will continue to log my progress as this project moves forward!
Inventory: I am adding lots of new items! Please check the etsy shop often! I have lots of awesome chairs! Here is a peek at some new items:
Local news: the sale continues through the the month at my space in Fleetwood Antique Mall! Stop by for 10% off a single item, 20% off 2 or more! Booth 2R09, 2nd floor rear of barn. Come on out!
Pyrex swap: I am prepping for a fun day of buying, selling and swapping pyrex in Maryland! You may have found my album on the facebook page and wondered what I was up too! If you love pyrex and can make it to Maryland, come on out! I will be taking all of my stash and people are reserving pieces now! Event info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/988225431258151/
Genny, my lovely 11 year old, will be coming along to assist me at this event and we are looking forward to meeting new folks and finding some pieces we are looking for!
Thanks for reading! ️Xo Malissa