Contact MCR

Here are the kinds of things I am currently accepting for restoration:

  • dining chairs with upholstered seats/backs
  • chairs with woven paper cord seats/backs
  • small ottomans, footstools, benches, etc.

If you need a quote for redoing any of the above, email me a few photos and I’ll get back to you within a day or two.

I am still limiting work to those who can get their pieces to me in the Baltimore/DC area.  Sorry, no shipping!

If you’re not in the area but just want to get a general idea of what a particular job costs, please disclose that up front so I don’t spend time writing up my usual terms regarding pickup, dropoff, payment, etc.  Thanks.



26 Responses to Contact MCR

  1. Rhonda says:

    I have a set of 4 Danish Modern style teak chairs that I bought for $69 from Scan. May I please have an estimate of how much it would cost to reupholster, refoam, and “tighten.” I live in Montgomery County and would be able to drop them off. Your website would not send my message.

    • MCR says:

      Rhonda, I’ll send you a quote. Sorry about the contact form not working; I just checked it and it is working now but maybe it has a problem with certain servers.

  2. Elizabeth Mazza says:

    I left a request above in the contact MCR space re a Hans wegner chair that needs repair with a photo. thank you for your help.

  3. Diana says:

    hi. I tried to send an email regarding getting a quote for repair of a Hans Wegner CH25 but I kept getting validation errors. Can you send me an email and I can reply with photo? thanks very much. diana

  4. Connie Hussey says:

    Hello ~
    Hoping you can help me figure out how to fix a mid-century Gustav Thams swivel recliner. When the chair reclines – it overextends. The seat drops at an angle to the floor (there’s no footrest). There is one elastic band with a large plastic bead at one end that appears to fit somehow into one of two brackets with slots
    located level with the seat. Are you familiar with this type of setup? Any input you can offer would be greatly appreciated (& keep me from pulling any more of my hair out!). Thanks.
    Newberry, FL

    • MCR says:


      Sorry, I have no idea about that type of swivel base. You might try posting a query on the forum at Design Addict along with clear photos. There are some very helpful, knowledgeable people there who might be able to answer your questions.

  5. Laura Lien says:

    Can you tell me where I can order the paper cord for a hans wegner CH 25 chair? I currently live in Germany so will be reweaving the chair myself. Thank you

    • MCR says:

      Lauren, sorry but I don’t know specific international sources for Danish paper cord. I’m sure it’s available in Denmark, though. Try a Google search for Danish sources.

  6. Emily says:

    Hi! I am having trouble using the form – it keeps giving me an error. Can you please email me? I am looking for help refinishing two armchairs and a table. Thanks! Emily

  7. Lorna Tammerine says:

    I have a womb style chair with a swivel 5 leg base that sits low to the ground about 7″. Are taller ones 12″ available? Or is there a way to extend them?

  8. Hi,
    Would you know of a company in New Jersey that would restore my Shaw-walker
    desk chair?

    • MCR says:

      Sorry, I don’t have a directory of furniture restorers across the US. You might ask local dealers who they use.

  9. Stephanie says:

    Hi, I was wondering if you han any of the leather from a tan ply craft chair that you might have saved? I only need to redo the top section and possibly the arms. Let me know if you do. If not I would also like to know the section measurements when flat, if you know them for patterns. So I know what I might need to order. I tried to leave a message in the comments but it was very hard to type a message that you can not see. The form is kind of messed up.

    Thank you for any help you might be able to offer.


    • MCR says:

      I did not keep any of the leather from the chairs I redid because it was trashed and very cheap quality to begin with. It probably would not have been an exact color match to yours anyway, so don’t feel too badly!

      I don’t have any patterns for the replacement leather but you can just measure the existing parts and add 3-4″ on each side. That will give you plenty to grip as you staple the new leather into place, then you trim off the excess. If you decide to replace all of the leather, you will need about a 50 sq. ft. hide for one chair and ottoman. Good luck.

  10. Nick says:


    Would you be able to replace the old rattan on my four MR chairs with leather\? I have a total of four chairs — two with arms and two without arms.

    I wasn’t able to post via your contact form. Would appreciate an estimate.


  11. Anita Brockmann says:

    My original Wegener Papa bear chair needs to be reupholstered.
    Can you recommend a shop in the Keene, NH area? or anywhere in NH, VT, or the East Coast?

  12. Dyan Simon says:

    I have four mobler chairs with paper cord seats that are breaking. I ordered the cord from HHPerkins and found a series of YouTube videos by Caleb James. I just completed my first chair and I’m unhappy with how it looks. Do you have any tips on how to keep the cord from overlapping at times. I wish I could send you a picture of what I mean. I live in South Florida and no one around here does this kind of work which is why I’ve taken on this project. It has been kind of fun learning a new skill but I’m a perfectionist and I have unwoven it so many times attempting to get it perfect. My kids told me to just finish it which I did tonight. I’m hoping the next one will come out better and then I’ll redo this one.
    Any tips would be greatly appreciated.
    My brother lives in Baltimore.

    • MCR says:

      What weave are you doing? The basket weave found on most Danish chairs, or the one that’s like a traditional rush seat with four diagonal lines that meet in the center? When you say overlap I’m thinking it’s the latter, so please correct me if I’m wrong.

      I learned the first weave from “The Caner’s Handbook” by Jim Widess, available on Amazon or get a used copy on Ebay. I had a hard time with the rush style weave until I watched Caleb James’ series of 6 videos on it on youtube. You have to use LACED cord on this weave. The unlaced is a bit more dense and less flexible and it really doesn’t stay put on the corners very well.

      • Dyan Simon says:

        Thanks for responding. I also watched the Caleb James YouTube which helps. The beginning is easy and looks good but as I got further along the cord would sometimes end up crossing over in the under part.
        I am going to look for that book. Do you think wetting the cord when crossing over would creat a tighter grip?

  13. Steve Granger says:

    Good afternoon,

    I have an old plycraft chair I’m restoring and it has the three piece design head rest, back rest, and saddle. But on mine the back rest and saddle are one piece that they glued and fiber glassed the seams on the inside. Well unfortunately one side has cracked. I was wondering if you sold just the metal brackets the attach them. This problem has brought restoration to a halt. HELP!

    Thanks Steve G

    • MCR says:

      Sorry, I don’t sell parts for anything. The only thing I can suggest is that you check Ebay and other auction sites regularly for trashed chairs being sold for parts. Good luck.

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