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Refinishing School

A splash of fresh paint, a bolt of fab fabric, and suddenly, everything old is cool again. Hip refinishing and upholstery shops are cropping up all over, and their pros are great at seeing the potential in your grandmother’s old chaise. Most sell completed pieces and also take commissions. Who says a vintage chair can’t learn a new trick?

 

Candy-striped painted panels brighten the doors of DucDuc New York’s cabana armoire

1. THE PAINTED LADY * Beth Harlow lightened up this piece—once a dark, heavy dining chair covered in red velvet—with a hand-distressed paint job and soft embroidered-cotton upholstery. $345, 773-489-9145, thepaintedladychicago.com

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CHIC ANTIQUE * This Craigslist side table already had a cool shape and a nice marble top going for it; Crystal Blackshaw upped the glam with glossy teal paint and sparkly crystal knobs. Similar pieces are about $225, 773-857-2695, chicantiquechicago.com.

3. TWICE *
Kelly Rauch turned an orange-polyester eyesore into this elegant-with-an-edge armchair, part of a pair available at Twice, Rauch’s by-appointment studio. $650 each, 773-297-6396, kellyrauch.com

4. RECOVERED *
This ottoman went from faded floral to retro rad at Kylie Egge’s appointment-only studio. New foam and freshened-up legs finished the transformation. $275, 773-656-3206, recoveredinterior.com

 

Photograph: Leonard Gertz

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