Friday, November 11, 2011

Duncan Phyfe Table and Lyre Back Chairs

I picked up a small duncan phyfe dining table and two lyre back chairs last week.  The table was $7 and the chairs $1 a piece.  To say they needed some tlc is an understatement.  The joints on the chairs were loose so I spent a good hour glueing, clamping, and repairing them.

One was upholstered in green and cream stripes and the other was red with cream swirls.  The fabric was filthy.  This is after the chairs were repaired and sanded.

The table base and top were also sanded.

Then I sprayed them with black paint in an eggshell finish. This is always the easy part.  It took me about 10 minutes to spray everything. I was fortunate to get a warmer day to paint outside last week.

And after three hours work here is the finished product!!! 

I used scraps from a painter's drop cloth for the fabric on the chairs.  Then I used masking tape to tape off and paint the stripes and stenciled on the laurel wreath and year.  I wanted them to look like they were recovered with an old grain sack.

Wish I had room to keep them!!!


  1. I love how the lyre back chairs came out. The seats are so cool.

  2. I see these and I wish I had my grandmothers Lyre back chairs, I love the way these turned out....dramatic, lots of impact!

  3. What an awesome them!


  4. Really wonderful! I'd love them in my house! You did a great job.

  5. i just bought a set of 6 including the armed captains chair for $35, i dont have to repaint them, they are in good condition, but i wanted to see what the table looked like so i know what to look for. i'm sure there are more tables that may look ok with the chairs. the chairs have a nice rounded design.

  6. Question - what would you charge for just the chairs? I'm asking, because I have to value the two I have for a divorce. Thank you!

  7. ps - my email is nhowells at gmail dot com.

  8. If the chairs are Duncan Phyfe, they are worth about $450 each. Google them.

    1. Hello Barbara. So I have a mint condition chair. Original seat with no tears or rips. How do I tell if it's a Duncan Phyfe ? Reply to bbrown22911@msn. Com

  9. How did you repair or replace the harp