Coffee Sack Project: Thonet Chair Re-do
We found these two vintage Thonet chairs at an antique market in Raleigh this summer. The beautiful, curved arms and caned seat-back were in great shape. However, we knew the upholstery would have to be refreshed. Fleur-de-lis and Scottie dogs are cute, but…we could do better.
The other day, I pulled out the chairs and the fabric I bought to re-cover the seats. As I was getting started, something was bugging me about the neutral fabric I chose. It was too–for lack of a better word–boring. As you can see, the chairs are already pretty clean and simple in design. Recently, I stumbled on a blog where someone re-furbished an iconic Eames-style lounge chair in a pale green vinyl. Awesome! It inspired me to do something a little different with this upholstery project—something unexpected for such a classic chair.
A few months back, I picked up a few burlap coffee sacks at a fabric store. I love the texture of the burlap combined with the graphic element of the stenciled typography. I’d been waiting for the right project to come along, and this was definitely it.
I wasn’t sure if it would work, but I was hoping that the rustic nature of the coffee sack would provide just the right contrast to the smooth lines of the chair–making the chairs more interesting and unique. I think that the finished result speaks for itself!
Look for them in the Ampersand Vintage Modern web-shop when we open!!
For instructions on how to re-cover the seats to your own chairs, click here.