We like our dining room chairs. Even Jack seems to appreciate the design of the chair — the gently splayed back leg, the upturned ear of the backrest.
Of the set of six chairs, there isn’t one that feels safe to sit on anymore. The best ones wobble, and the worst ones have loose or broken spindles. But we decided to invest in the repair and makeover of the chairs rather than throw them out and buy new. It’s the least I could do for the half dozen chairs that have been my loyal dining companions for 26 years.
I called Richard at E. Polarolo & Sons Upholstery to help with the transformation. We discovered our upholsterer a few years ago when we had my old sofa redone. Richard did a great job, and we enjoyed the experience of working with him and visiting his workshop in north Harlem.
Richard asked if we had selected fabric for the seats. We hadn’t. He thought he might have something we would like and led us to the middle of the shop.
I asked for a swatch.
We could definitely see this lively pattern giving our chairs a mod update.
After accommodating me and my dinner guests in various apartments in Chicago, Boston, and Cambridge, the chairs were again overdue for an update. I think it was around 2000 that John reinforced the wobbly ones, touched up the black paint, and recovered the seats in the current fabric of colorful squares (see photo at top).
Once again the chairs are in need of repair and a fresh look — just in time to coincide with our house renovations. It will be fun to enjoy our chairs anew, again.
live. enjoy. repeat.