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The Civil War Sofa – Bringing back memories

The in house estimate on the antique sofa seemed like every other, except there was something very familiar about the workmanship of the last upholsterer. I was told the sofa was Civil War era. "Whoever did it last was a good upholsterer but struggled with the curves...
Kevin Kennedy

Kevin Kennedy

Master Upholsterer

After 40+ years of upholstering ive seen some really crazy things, check out some of these hard to belive stories below!

I Upholstered Napoleon Bonaparte’s Chair

Upholstering the Infamous Napoleon's chair. Where do I even start with this one! With Napoleon being such a polarizing figure, I knew I had to go about this carefully. My excitement was overwhelming.  I approached reupholstering the chair as a costly museum piece...

The Salty Loveseat

A long married elderly couple called me to reupholster their love seat , Little did I know that the story of their loveseat would be the most unusual story I heard concerning a piece of furniture. They sat me down opposite the loveseat while they sat on the piece in...

The Reverend’s Chairs

My reverend friend had me upholster 4 throne chairs . She lamented that she didn’t have 6 to fill out her Dining table. She asked if I had ever seen any like them, I said no and the chances she would find two alike were very long odds. She said I will pray. The ever...

Strange Lettering

MANY years ago my mentor who had been upholstering for many years, finished a handsome wing chair and gave me the task of delivering it on a hot summer day. Mrs. Jones was very happy and paid for the job. The next week however things took a very bizarre turn when I...

The Hair Growing Chairs!

Early in my career I was given 6 upholstered seat dining room chairs that where very difficult. Make matters worse a fine white linen was chosen, as bad luck would have it the shop was introduced to a great new batting called “bonded Dacron” at the same time, Which I...

My cameo on Friends! Upholstering the “Friends” Sofa!

I entertained a call here at the shop about a month ago, a very mysterious call about only repairing a popped button. The customer was reluctant to give me any other details, only the address in Boston and instructions on the entrance to the big factory building that...

The Civil War Sofa – Bringing back memories

The in house estimate on the antique sofa seemed like every other, except there was something very familiar about the workmanship of the last upholsterer. I was told the sofa was Civil War era. "Whoever did it last was a good upholsterer but struggled with the curves...

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