Retro 1940s or 50s Hide-A-Bed and 2 Matching Chairs – Green and Brown Vinyl

Here is a wonderful and unusual 1940s or 1950s chrome, and “faux bois” painted Sofa set, which has a roll-out hide-a-bed, and 2 matching chairs. This was quite an unusual and interesting set. The set had a few issues with it. First, the upholstery was quite faded and worn in places, then there was a lot of scratching inside the circular side “pans” with the faux bois (wood grained) finish, and there were also a LOT of missing buttons that the owner wanted to have put back. The arm tops were also badly flaking, and we stripped those and refinished them in the same 2-tone effect.

The owner chose a green “emu” pattern vinyl for the sofa, and a matching light brown for the two chairs.

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I believe there were only 2 or 3 buttons left out of 28.

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The back bracket was also repainted silver, since it was scratched, and has a few rust spots showing.

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This shows some of the scratching on one of the 6 pans.

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One of the chairs:

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¬†This may look like old dirt, but it’s simply padding that’s been set against the webbing to keep the springs quiet.

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This shows the underside of one of the chair frames before taking it apart. Note the cotton, which is between the springs and the webbing.

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Old stuffing removed, showing the old base layers in need of new burlap.

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The original stuffing (which goes on top of the base in the previous photo, is simply straw and cotton (very common – and it lasts nearly forever).

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New webbing, spring “cage” reinstalled, with new burlap.

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Existing edge roll reinstalled with new burlap (hand stitched).

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Arms before refinishing:

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And here’s the completed set. Refinished arm tops, repainted pan interiors (dark brown), and new vinyl upholstery. We also polished all the chrome.

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As a small side project to go with these, there were also two small ottomans.

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