Commissioned Solid carved Antique style chair

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We had a solidly carved chair with ornate filigree detailing in our stock awaiting revival for our furniture gallery. By chance a customer who was looking for a feature character chair for a bedroom approached us and we discussed the possibilities for the revival of this chair to meet her brief. Originally the chair was finished in a gold frame with a worn out red velvet upholstery with sunken seats and arms, it was hard for our client to imagine what it would or could look like after a revival.

We did parts of the chair in different paint finishes, to give her a better idea of what it could look like. The chair was going to be the finishing piece in a bedroom so we agreed that it would be of benefit for us to visit the room it was going into to ensure that the end product would compliment the bedroom.  Our client wanted cowhide for the chair, and for the rest, she trusted our judgement and expertise in terms of paint finishes and final touches. Our suggestion was that she choose the cowhide first and we would then custom mix, paint and finish the frame to match in a suitable colour. 

When we pulled apart this chair we found that it was padded with straw, and lined with sack , making it even more authentic and interesting. We decided to put the straw back in, as we thought it would make a great story behind the piece,  then re-padded over it to give it, it's functionality and form for  modern day living. The bottom of the chair and springs were also redone.  

When the cow hide was chosen, we were very inspired to say the least. The entire frame of the chair was hand painted in a blended old white to compliment the stunning gold metallic hide. We aged the frame and finish using various techniques and heavily waxed the piece to accentuate the ornate detailing around the chair in keeping with it's style, and our clients brief. Individual antique copper brown studs were used to frame off and compliment the beautiful hide. 

The end result is a completely bespoke and beautiful feature character chair, with incredible ornate detailing that has been further enhanced through its paint finish. A great showcase of the beautiful gold and tan cowhide, every element tying in and balancing each other off beautifully like it was meant to be. A great revival for a great client and another one we are proud of.  


The Artisan Company is a New Zealand owned and based company focussed upon making and providing the highest quality decorative paints and tools for homes and all types of spaces. Born out of a rich heritage of bespoke furniture and interiors through the merging of Taylored Revival and Vintro Paint NZ and with several decades of experience we are unashamedly focused upon luxury DIY products and in helping people achieve bespoke looks in their interiors. 

As NZ's only bespoke paint manufacturer making our own exclusive formulations including our flagship Premium Chalk Paint we combine technology with our fine tuned natural skills. We use advanced machinery with an exact accuracy measured within less than a ¼ of a ml and use a custom formulation database with complex colours formulated by hand; most of which can't be replicated by machines. Our trademarked FLOWplus® technology further differentiates our range being built in from the ground up and allowing our thick full bodied and highly pigmented paints to mould and flow effortlessly. We are a proud NZ company who promotes and uses local suppliers and products wherever possible. We also aim to have a positive impact on environment through low VOC paints, minimised wastage and smart use of materials.

To provide the best possible experience for our customers we have also curated artisanal tools including the world renowned Staalmeester brushes which work in perfect  unison with our Premium Chalk Paint and otehr ranges with there rich and creamy consistency. From the advanced bristle materials through to the  INOX steel ferrules it all really helps to achieve the best results, and yes brushes do make a big difference to your painting experience and finish.

Aside from our unique range of products, we are also proud of our decades worth of experience in the field of decorative painting and training. Having been recognised locally and overseas for these efforts has also led us to directly train over three thousand people and paint over two thousand bespoke furniture or interior pieces for clients.

Heritage of Taylored Revival

Taylored Revival or TR as it was known by its regulars was a family business started in a garage in East Auckland in 2012. A leading decorative painting studio which undertook thousands of commissions projects over the years and was considered the leading Chalk Paint retailer in the Australasian region. Progressing through the years from a small retail store in Whitford through to a large format 300m2 retail site in Botany. Take a quick look at the history and the prequel to The Artisan Company below.