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Projects: How to revive old furniture

I’ve used the word ‘revive’ very tentatively, because in this instance it was more like a severe resuscitation. I found my dream office chair at the side of the road, it belonged to a car guard and the seat was so badly damaged that he covered it with a piece of cardboard to sit comfortably! When I offered to buy it from him he looked at me as if I was high…and of course I was, seeing the potential that this beauty had made my heart go roola boola. After our R300 transaction I made a call to Stefan Frylinck at Space for Life and started plotting the make-over.

I’m sure you have an old chair or sofa that is just begging for a face lift, and the process is SO much more gratifying than simply buying a new one.

To help you on your creative journey – all Stokperd readers will get a 10% discount from Stefan Frylinck on a renovation project, and one lucky reader will win a free upholstery make-over and feature on the blog. Just go and like his instagram account here @stefanfrylinck

His detailsstefan@stefanfrylinck.co.za and cell 081 741 2721. All photography by Cindy Taylor.

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The chair was completely taken apart and the wooden frame sanded down to its original beauty.

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We decided to replace the maroon pleather with soft oyster coloured leather.

Great places to shop for new fabric:

Skinny Laminx

Design Team

Woodheads (for leather)

Zana

Sullies

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Comments

  • September 10, 2015
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    Kathy Crabbe

    What a beautiful restoration Mon! I’ve just bought some old couches that need a facelift – I’m definitely going to give Stefan a shout!

    • September 10, 2015
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      Monya

      Hi Cath, long time no see! Yes do get hold of him, he works magic!

  • October 5, 2015
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    Susan Schulz

    I have several restoration and reupholestry projects I want to have done- I found this post at exactly the right time! Thanks for the referrals. Does Stefan also do leather reupholestry?

  • October 6, 2015
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    That’s amazing! I love that you got it form a carguard!! You should show him the pics. : ) How do we enter to win? I have an old couch of my grannies that is begging for new life. Been following Stefan on IG for a while.

  • August 16, 2016
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    may

    That is a stunning chair. I’ve got an old one similar to that I’ve always wanted to reboot… ten years ago I sent a chair I inherited from my dad to be re-upholstered. When I went to collect they were doing flickflacks… turns out it was an original art deco – my grandparents had it re-upholstered and foam stapled to the teak armrests to try make it look ‘modern’ 🙂

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