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My Chairs

My husband purchased two William Switzer chairs at work at a charity auction. I didn't know what William Switzer was, but after I Googled it I knew he did a good job (Canadian company, all wood chairs, hand carved in Europe). They were dated, the fabric was a floral brocade from the 80s, however, the chairs are in perfect condition. When I did the math, it made sense to spend the money on re-upholstery : the cost of chairs + fabric + cost of re-upholstery < cost of new chair of same quality.

When I made the decision to re-upholster I did lots of research on the internet before I found the perfect person to work with, Barbara, from Armchair Revolution Upholstery. She is a one woman shop in Etobicoke and I knew she would take care of me and she did. She was quite honest about costs and why I should move forward (she told me that if any of my chairs were of poor quality she would recommend I buy new ones). I am happy I did and can't wait to work with her again.

The chairs now have a French antique look with a white painted wood frame and light grey velvet brocade fabric. In different lighting the fabric takes on different hues and can look golden at times. This fabric is reversible so I decided to do the back of the chairs the reverse side. I've seen this look in lots of design magazines (white on grey chairs) and I am very happy every time I look at my chairs!

Chairs - William Switzer, Fabric - Designer Fabrics, Re-upholsterer - Armchair Revolution Upholstery

I have one more chair to re-upholster, this one is a wingback, and can't wait to see how that turns out.


  1. This chair is beautiful!

    I'm following you back from Bloggy Moms!

    Can't wait to read more!

  2. gorgeous! Returning your follow, thanks! Looking forward to reading your blog :)