Before and After: A Mid-Century Modern Steal

Transformers: Designer Brenda Kelly Kramer’s junk turned treasure.

Designer Brenda Kelly Kramer ( found this mid-century chair at a junk store. “I loved the cool, clean lines and the finish of the chair,” she says. “It deserved a retro pattern and I chose a hip, Designer’s Guild cut chenille fabric in a fun pattern, but neutral color. I didn’t want to have busy colors taking away from the cleanness of the chair.” Thrilled with her bargain and wanting to know a little bit more about its provenance, she took it to Michael Kalesti at Kent Home in Chappaqua, a store that specializes in mid-century modern. He told her that a chair like that would retail for around $1,500 in his shop.

Bottom Line:

Cost of Chair:            $75
Fabric from eBay:      $50
Reupholstery:            $200

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Total:                         $325




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