Big Pink Phony

I’m just finishing up a week abroad and as soon as I can photograph all the finds I’ve jammed into a 17-foot truck, I’ll share what I’ve scored. I’ve been quite lucky this trip, but not every find can be a home run. This chair that I found just before I left is a great example.

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When I saw this Pepto-abysmal chair for $10, I was hoping to get a steal on a designer chair. In the photos in the ad it bore an uncanny resemblance to these Lawrence Peabody chairs.

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From Flickr

But when I went to check out the pink nightmare I realized it was a vintage knock-off. The chair weighs very little, suggesting it is made of pine or birch rather than walnut. Plus there’s one other significant tell, the arms.

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The difference is subtle, but the arms of the Peabody chairs hang slightly over the front legs, mine do not. Fail. Still, the chair has a cool look so I think I can spruce it up a bit. I had planned to strip and refinish the wood, but now it doesn’t seem worth the work. Instead, some white lacquer and new fabric should give this phony its own identity.

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