Restoration of an Antique Griffin Chair

(Last Updated On: November 30, 2017)

Griffing Chair, Antique Furniture, Metz Repair, Restoration, Furniture Repair, Upholstery, Old chair, restoring an antique Griffin chair, Griffing Chair,An ordinary person will assume that a day in the life of a furniture repair tech must be a day full of boredom. This assumption might be entirely wrong! In this industry, the life of a furniture repair tech is equivalent to the life of an artist. A life full of joy due to the creative freedom. A repair tech takes passion and pride in the craftsmanship required to truly fix what’s broken. There’s a complex mathematical equation in which a tech needs to formulate to integrate the small pieces of a puzzle, in assembling a piece of furniture. There are jobs that requires a high level of attention due to its microscopic detail and complexity. A tech has the vision to oversee the given project. He holds the artistic and technical skills to perform the task at hand.

In retrospect, there are jobs that are simplistic that just require a minuscule amount of attention.  These jobs are technically simplistic and might be quite boring. This statement may not be quite true. Besides its technicalities, many times, what makes the job fun is the amazing people we encounter while conducting a repair. In many jobs, we luck out and obtain a great project that we truly enjoy.

A few weeks ago, we received an Antique Griffin chair that was very old and in bad condition. The joints were all very weak; while the wood was rotting away. The design on this piece of furniture arrived to a point that was unidentifiable. We were asked to fully restore this chair and perform re-upholstery. The instructions were clear and precise. The client wanted a full restoration of this piece without altering the original design.

When the process initiated, we first began to carefully separate all the joints and pieces. Doing so, allowed us to paint and reinforce each piece carefully. This process usually requires a few weeks to complete. As we must process this piece in thin coats and allow enough time to heal in between.

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a mythical creature with the head and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion, typically depicted with pointed ears and with the eagle’s legs taking the place of the forelegs.

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After weeks, we’re almost done with the restoration process. We have rebuilt, reinforced, and painted the Griffin chair. The chair now stand tall in a dark chocolate coat as it’s ready for upholstery.

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Here we have it! A fully restored and re-upholstered antique Griffin chair. The upholstery was a smooth process. The client choose a blue berry velvet fabric to compliment the dark chocolate stain of the chair. After inspecting the end results, the client requested us to make a custom cylinder oval throw pillow. This piece complimented the Griffin chair very well.

At Metz Repair, these are the jobs we truly love. It allows us to summon our inner artist and elaborate on our creativity. We take pride in completing every project handed to us. It is very satisfying when a customer is truly happy with the results. There’s no greater feeling than to see a customer full of joy when their furniture arrives. They seem like kids on Christmas morning, so happy to receive their gifts.

 

 

 

 

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