Lately I have been on a bit of an antique, vintage, DIY binge. My project list has been endless and flea markets, antique stores and craigslist have filled my schedule on the weekends. While very rewarding on the tail end, DIY projects can be overwhelming when “in the thick of it”, so I was delighted and inspired when I stumbled across a company called Chairloom this morning.
Owners Tracey Jenkins and Molly Andrews take DIY to another level by building their business on taking well-loved, quality antiques and giving them a second chance. Their work is built upon two principles – “one, is the value of being found. Second is the importance of second chances”. And they don’t just give these pieces a second chance – they give them the full royal treatment.
Sourcing beautiful fabrics from textile artists like Erin Flett, Studio Bon, Kelly Wearstler , Katie Ridder, Hable Construction and Proud Mary, these well-loved, vintage pieces get new life breathed into them – but not before first being offered for sale as they already exist. Chairloom offers customers the choice to buy many of their pieces as is, or refinished in a custom fabric of their choice. And honestly, after perusing their current selection, there are many pieces that I would purchase completely untouched. Here are some of my favorite pieces currently up for sale on their Facebook page, old and new. Can you tell which ones are which?
In the next few weeks I’ll be sharing some of my own DIY projects where I’ve given both vintage and new pieces a makeover, so make sure to check back. I’m also heading to the gorgeous city of Charleston next week and will report some of my favorite finds when I return!