Vintage High Back Chair

This vintage high back chair has been in my family for as long as I can remember. My parents found it at an auction and it was in their bedroom and our living room at my childhood homes. My Mom had it reupholstered in this sage green many years ago. You can see how faded it got over the years from the original color hidden behind the head rest.


It was a well-loved piece, but when my parents were ready to part with it – it sat in my basement for four years, missing its seat cushion and in desperate need of reupholstery.

My inspiration for redesigning it was a chair that I coveted by Arhaus and one that Ashley of Vintage Refined reupholstered on her own. You can see how she transformed her piece here.


But, the Arhaus chair is $1,900 (on sale!)! Way out of my comfort zone for a chair. And I don’t have mad upholstery skills like Ashley.

So, I enlisted the help of Lisa of & Design to help me source the buffalo plaid fabric. (I’m obsessed and want to put buffalo plaid in every room!) And I hired Javier of Garwood Upholstery to do the hard work for me.

The wood frame was very dinged up and I didn’t love the original stain color, so I did refinish the frame with General Finishes Java Gel Stain and sealed it with General Finishes Satin Top Coat.

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I am in love and so happy to create a little reading nook in my master bedroom!

… Kristin

14 thoughts on “Vintage High Back Chair

  1. Same name and same love for buffalo check! We will be moving (as you have seen on my instagram) and I plan on using buffalo check in many rooms. I like to think I am waaay ahead on the trend though. I have loved it for over 10 years now. 🙂 Gorgeous chair. You are so fortunate that it has meaning as well.

  2. Where did you purchase the fabric from? I am trying to look for it online with no luck – the checkers look too small from what i see. Thanks in advance!

    • I had a local interior designer order it for me! But I’m sure you can find it online. I believe it was a Duralee fabric and I remember the color way was “Marine”. Good luck!

  3. Can you tell me wherever blue buffalo plaid fabric came from? I absolutely love it! And how much is it a yard? Thank you Ashley Boyd!

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