I bought a pair of 1960’s Parker Knoll PK 988 chairs last year. These chairs have a lovely mid-century clean and simple design. I thought they would be perfect for recovering in a vivid yellow Bute Fabrics Wool with the chosen fabric looking striking against the original dark varnish. However I soon realised that the original varnish was beyond repair. Mini disaster! All the arms were peeling and the varnish flaking off the legs. I decided they had to be stripped back to the original beech colour and french polished, otherwise there was no point in reupholstering them.
After stripping off the old fabric, they went to Neil Collumbell, French Polisher of Melbourne Hall Furniture Restorers in Melbourne, Derbyshire. When the frames had been refinished I knew immediately that I wanted to put a lighter colour fabric on them to compliment the new, soft wood tone. I chose Villa Nova’s Geneva Vintage in ‘Hemp’ stone grey. This is a stonewash effect cotton-linen in a neutral colour that would fit into most interiors.
During the reupholstering process I decided to add in four buttons to the back of each chair to bring them up to date. I thought they looked too plain without them. With the addition of new seat foams, these chairs are now very supportive comfortable lounge chairs.
I hope you agree that they were worth salvaging in the end! The chairs are currently for sale on my website here.
This beautiful rocking chair is an original 1960’s Parker Knoll. Now, I must admit when I first purchased it, it didn’t look too grand. The original dark varnish had chipped off, and the original upholstery was tatty.
After stripping off all the fabric, I realised that the frame was far too battered to even get away with looking ‘vintage’. Hmmm. So I took it to the lovely Neil Collumbell, French Polisher of Melbourne Hall Furniture Restorers in Melbourne, Derbyshire. Neil advised that it was best to take the beech wood back to the natural colour, apply a light stain and reapply french polish wax – all by hand. This was to help maintain the vintage patina and charm. So, I set Neil to work.
The finished results of the french polishing was beyond my expectations. I didn’t actually think it was the same chair! The frame turned out a gorgeous honey colour, which was soft and smooth to the touch. Very exciting. (I could get addicted to this french polishing).
The rocking chair was then newly upholstered by my amazing upholsterer in Villa Nova’s Geneva Vintage in ‘Delta’ soft blue. This is a stonewash effect cotton-linen and compliments the wood tone perfectly. I decided that to bring this chair up to date, that three buttons should be added to the back. I kept these in the same colour as I didn’t want the upholstery to overpower the frame.
Overall, this project actually brought a tear to my eye. I had seen this ‘ugly’ little duckling of a rocking chair transform into this now beautiful little swan. I know that sounds really corny, but hey, its the only way I can describe it! I hope you agree! You can find the rocking chair for sale over at www.florrieandbill.com.
We have lovingly transformed these 1960’s Ercol chairs into a bright and beautiful dining set. Each chair has been professionally sprayed in a gloss Pacific Blue, Navy Blue, Coral and Grey.
The chairs are made of solid beech and elm, and are all in a very sturdy condition. They are all stamped underneath with the Ercol marking ‘BS CF 1960 2056’.
There are some slight marks to the frames, but this adds to the vintage charm. The grey chair does have a little nibble mark to the edge of the seat – we think a dog may have tried to have a little feast over the years! We have sanded this back, but once again adds to the character of the furniture.
See how we chose the colours for our chairs here >
(Please note: The pictures show small tacks in the bottom of the feet – these are for our spraying / storage use and will be removed prior to shipping).
To purchase please see our Etsy Listing here >>
We have finished restoring a lovely pair of Ercol ‘Windsor’ Lounge Chairs – Model No. 203. These chairs are original 1960’s. These chairs have been widely regarded as the best armchair Ercol have ever produced. The frame is made entirely from a solid Elm with spindled back and curving, upswept arms.
We have recovered these chairs in a vibrant yellow fabric (Foxtrot Rib Sulphur), with added button details to the backs. We have also added yellow and grey striped down filled scatter cushions.
We finished off these chairs by adding new Ercol foam interiors to both back and seat cushions, and have rewebbed the seat platforms with new Pirelli webbing.
The frames do show some minor marks but we feel this adds to the vintage character of the chairs. Overall the chairs are in great condition for their age!
All our chairs are reupholstered to comply with current fire regulations.
To purchase please see our Etsy Listing here >> NOW SOLD
The ‘Mr & Mrs Smithers’ – affectionately named after some good friends of ours who kindly gave them to us as a wedding project-present last year!
These wooden armchairs probably date from the 60′s or 70′s. There are no manufacturers mark on these, though the arms and top back rail have an Ercol-esque feel to them. They have solid hardwood frames with lovely wishbone detailing to the arms and back. The frames are screwed and dowelled, unmistakably British – they look like a mixture of Beech and steam bent Elm, popularly used by Ercol.
The chairs were originally varnished in a rather nasty dark brown and the original cushions were a faded crushed sage green velour.
This restoration involved completely hand sanding the frames, and priming and spraying in a Stone Grey colour furniture paint.
The seat platforms have coil sprung suspension, but we have added brand new interior fillings in the seat and back cushions to make them comfy and supportive once more. The cushions were reupholstered in a contemporary Grey Linen look fabric, with contrasting Lime Green piping. The contrast piped seat and back cushions, also feature contrast buttons. All cushions are reversible so can be shown as plain grey instead. Each chair also comes with a fabulous Paisley print 20″ down filled scatter cushion as pictured.
Either on their own, or as a pair they will make a great statement in any room.
…We are really pleased with how these chairs have turned out, we just wish we knew who made them?!
All our chairs are reupholstered to comply with current fire regulations.
To buy please see our Etsy Store Listing >> SOLD
These chairs are real beauties!
We are currently stripping back a lovely pair of Wooden Armchairs which we think are from the 60′s or 70′s. There are no manufacturers mark on these, though the arms and top back rail have an Ercol-esque feel to them. Having worked with Ercol frames previously we suspect the chairs to be British manufactured, if for nothing else but the comparable quality.
The chairs were originally varnished in a rather nasty dark brown, which we are currently removing and finding the lovely grain underneath. We will probably finish the frames with a wax to really enhance the grain and patina of the wood.
The chairs need a couple of repairs to the original seat springs, and the seat and back cushions are awaiting to be upholstered. We have not yet decided the fabric for these, so if you would like to enquire into buying these chairs and covering with your choice of fabric then please get in touch.
We will of course update you with the finished chairs in the store when ready.