Barley with a Twist

August 8, 2014

Barley with a Twist

After I told my client about this vintage chair found at a local shop, she fell in love with it too.  The barley twist detail on the arms and legs is just divine.  She did not care for the floral fabric and wanted to have the seat recovered as well as have the arm tightened where it was a little loose.

Well, the arm turned out to be a little more intense when I discovered the whole front portion had been cracked in half and glued together, not allowing it to be a very strong joint.

Barley Twist Chair

OOPS!  Well, after a little thought on this, I put a metal pin in it.  From that moment on, I announced that I was going to perform surgery on my little Barley.

Barley Twist Chair

After carefully measuring and drilling, I inserted the pin with glue and placed the arm back into place or as I call it “Putting Barley back together again”.  I left it in a tight clamp for several days to ensure that arm was not going anywhere.

Barley Twist Chair

I selected a red/orange ikat fabric that has a teal accent to recover the seat along with extra batting for comfort.

Barley Twist Chair

Now in place in my clients music room, anyone who sits in it can enjoy the sweet sound of her playing the piano.

Barley Twist Chair

And, still my favorite part of this chair…the barley twist turnings.

Barley Twist Chair








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One Response to “Barley with a Twist”

  1. nice job on fixing that beautiful chair! It has lovely bones, just needed some tweaking and I love what you did with it!

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