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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Wingback Chair: A Sneak Peek

Well, a month or two ago I (it was actually Jon) found this wingback chair on Craigslist.  I had been eyeing a pair of wingbacks, but the lady would not lower the price...I stopped looking and then Jon found this chair.  This is the Carter chair by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams which retails for around $1700 - who would honestly pay so much for a chair?  Not I...even if I had the moolah.

I'm from a border town and you're probably asking what this has to do with decorating..I have a point - I promise!  This past weekend I went to visit my family and decided to take my chairs (yes, I took two, but I'll talk about the other chair later) for a ride.  I couldn't wait to cross the border the next day!!!  Saturday morning - 8am to be exact - I was on my way to Mexico (Piedras Negras, Coahuila), along with my chairs.  I wasn't expecting to come back to Austin with my new upholstered chairs so quickly, but when the guy asked me when I needed them I told him I wanted to pick them up the same day and he said "No problem, Senorita."  I was shocked at his response!  

I spent $120 to reupholster two chairs, TIP INCLUDED! ;)  This was a great deal considering it would cost me around $500 to reupholster the wingback in town.  

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Carter Chair {Retails for around $1,700}

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Carter Chair {Craigslist:  $60}


Here's my newly upholstered chair in linen fabric...

The guy even salvaged the nailheads. 
I was oh so happy when I saw them with the new linen fabric.

Here's the AFTER...

Ok, it's jus a sneak peek as I'm still working on my bedroom.

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til next time...


  1. love this re=do I have a couple of those chairs and need to do something thanks for the inspiration!

  2. What a thrifty idea to go over the border...looks outstanding!!


  3. That is awesome. I could never do that. Thanks for sharing with my newbie party.

  4. What a unreal find and it looks amazing. I can't believe it was done so fast. Gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

  5. It turned out Beautiful, i have been looking and dreaming about wingback chairs, sad to say i have no place to put them :(

  6. What a fantastic price. I had a chair done for my parents - at my expense - and I've never told them how much it ended up costing me. I still can't believe it! Beautiful job.

  7. What a deal on the upholstery!!! I wish I had someone close to me that could do that professional of a job at that great rate.

    Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog. You are right, all the ladies did a fabulous job on their design boards.

  8. Love that chair, what a gorgeous redo and what a great price - I'm moving to your town so I can live near the border :)

  9. WOW! What a transformation. Oh you give me hope that I can do this myself one day!!!! Really, WOW. I'm bookmarking so I can remember this!!

    I love transformations! I just turned my secretary into a bar area in my dining room. I really hope you'll stop by and check it out:

    See you soon, I hope!

  10. Sandra, I think our wingbacks would get a long great! Thanks for "stopping by". Oh, and it's good to see an Austinite in the blog world:)

  11. nice little ensemble in your bedroom and what a great CL find! sometimes CL can be so worth the trouble - your chair is wonderful!

  12. Wow, that's amazing -- the speed & the workmanship!
    :) CAS

  13. I saw this over at better after. What a great transformation.

    Rashon aka Mr. Goodwill Hunting

  14. I'm always happy when someone saves money on a bargain, but when my country is in bankruptcy I don't find it comforting to know someone can run to friends in Mexico to get work done for barely nothing, yet live here as an American with all it's comforts.

  15. I am one of your newest followers and I absolutely LOVE your blog! Great work!!

  16. I don't find it comforting when people don't have the &#$~!s to use their name when they post something asinine. Nothing was said about "running to friends"...and even if there was, so what? People talk about things they've remade that they got free from friends and family, what's the difference? Sour grapes, my friend, very sour grapes, indeed!

  17. Looks awesome! Where did you get the white stool/end table?

  18. Love how this project turned out! Really great job. There was a similar chair recently at west elm that I loved but it was like 600 bucks so I passed on it- maybe this is the route I should go... thanks for the inspiration.


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