Sunday Emporium // April 26th

This Sunday we vended at the Sunday Emporium event at Rejuvenation.  It is a beautiful venue for showcasing our finest goods.  We had a great day and sold many pieces.

This N That

Here are a few of the pieces that we finished and put it Hawthorne Vintage this week.
Set of 6 walnut dining chairs by Folke Ohlsson for Dux.  Newly upholstered.

Walnut, steel, & chrome credenza.

 Pair of Swedish teak bar stools by Svengards.

American wall unit with record cabinet

Walnut king headboard with storage.

Now Offering: Upholstery Classes

Over three years ago, when Chris and I (Heather) were starting Remnant, I searched and searched for upholstery classes. The opportunities were scarce! Eager to learn, I dived into old upholstery books and started on projects that were daunting. With each project, I would learn a little more and improve on techniques and details. Now that I have experience and I'm very comfortable with upholstery,  I've launched my own classes at the beginning of this year. It's been such a fun experience to teach upholstery to students who are eager to learn! Also, I love seeing what projects come and how they transform. I look forward to teaching you how to upholster soon! 

Upholstery 101 - Side Chair
In this two-day workshop, you will learn all of the basics of upholstery: furniture stripping, attaching padding, sewing and attaching fabric to frame, and much more! 

When:  May 2-3, 10am - 5pm
             June 6-7, 10am - 5pm
Where: Remnant Ranch (my home & workshop) 14325 NE Shaver St. Portland, OR

What's Provided: All tools (there are lots that you'll learn how to use) and upholstery materials (burlap, webbing, dacron, buttons, foam, etc) are included. This 14 hour class will give everyone enough time to upholster your chair, however, if you don't finish your chair after the weekend is over, I'll work with you to make sure it's finished.

What to bring: 
- An arm-less chair! The chair must be pre-approved by me. Please send me a photo of your chair, if you don't have one, Craigslist is an amazing place to look for projects! Feel free to email me the ad of a chair that you're considering. Below are photos of chairs that I've reupholstered that are perfect examples of the types of chairs Attached are perfect examples of the types of chairs that are suitable for this beginner class.
- Fabric - I'll help you figure out how much yardage you'll need for your chair. For these types of chairs the average amount is around 2-5 yards. 
- Gloves - stripping furniture can be messy! ;) 
- Please pack a sack lunch, I'll provide drinks and yummy snacks. 

Cost: $195 -  Class is limited to four students so that everyone gets the most hands-on instruction! 

To Sign Up: First, email me at Then I'll send you an invoice via PayPal.

Examples of side chairs that I've upholstered that are great examples of the types of chairs you could work on in this class: 

Before & Afters // Student Work

I hope to hear from you and give you the skills and confidence to see your own chair transformations! 

In Time For The Weekend

Yesterday we added two new pieces to our space at Hawthorne Vintage.  We added a burlwood coffee table with a glass top and a rosewood sofa by Hans Olsen for C.S. Mobler.

When we found the sofa it had been torn up by a dog.  We opted to upholster it with a streamlined tufted look rather than with 6 loose cushions.

This Week's Work

One of my most challenging projects this week was assembling this wall unit.  When I found the cabinets they did not have any rails.  I had to find rail that fit the cabinets and then modify them.  It worked out pretty well and I am happy with the end result.

Secondly I found this wonderful Kofod Larsen reclining lounge chair and ottoman.  We refinished the frame, replaced the webbing and made new cushions for it.

Lastly I found this great teak dining set.  Fortunately It didn't need much work!
Stay posted as we have some exciting projects coming out this week!

Before & After: Gondola Sofa

Recently we bought a gondola sofa.  It had promise but I really didn't like the armrests or the legs.  I disassembled the sofa and made custom armrest that I liked a lot better.  I also switched out the round legs for tapered legs that I had in stock.  // Sold

2 New Things

This week we have added two new pieces to our spaces at Hawthorne Vintage.  I hope you like them.

Eames style lounge chair and ottoman refinished and reupholstered in Pendleton wool.
Here is a picture of it as found. // Sold

I also refinished this Heywood Wakefield highboy dresser.  // Sold

Portland Flea // 3/15/15

Today is Portland Flea 11am-4pm at Union Pine.  We will be having a huge sale on some great pieces!

Before & After: Womb Chair

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to find and early 1960s Womb chair by Eero Saarinen for Knoll.  It had been reupholstered in a hideous pink fabric and all of the foam and cushions were dehydrated.

When we peeled back the pink fabric we found that the original Knoll fabric was underneath.

 The original foam was dehydrated and had to be scraped and sanded off of the fiberglass shell.

 We then recovered the fiberglass shell with brand new foam.

Heather reupholstered it in a modern steel grey fabric.

It is now finished and available for purchase at Hawthorne Vintage and online

New Stuff

This week we finished a few projects and rearranged our spaces at Hawthorne Vintage.  Our new pieces include the coffee table, nesting tables, and Danish teak case sofa.

 The Danish sofa came out as beautifully as we had hoped.  It will make a wonderful addition to someones home.

Our second space at Hawthorne Vintage is looking lovely as well

Last but not least we just listed some wonderful plates for auction on eBay.  They are by Ohio artist and author Polly Rothenberg.  Each enamelware plate is enamel over copper.  We have started the auction at just $9.99 per plate.

 Click to see the listing for this plate.

  Click to see the listing for this plate.