Before & After projects

We'll be posting before and after pictures and stories here.  Please take a look at the transformations already posted.

A tufted settee that had seen better days, restored to pride of place in the entrance of the home.

A restored an armchair and Ottoman. Notice the attention to detail, how the stripes are lined up all the way from the chair straight through the ottoman.

A biscuit tufted ottoman which we were asked to finish in vinyl.

A pair of armchairs from strip down to finished.

A channel back sofa that had seen a lot of use, restored fully and refreshed for new decor.

A tufted sofa that has been completely reupholstered, with a tailored skirt.  The before picture shows how thorough the restoration is.

A striped lounge chair transformed in this oriental print with a waterfall skirt.

A tufted club chair grown dull, transformed using a fresh black and white chevron pattern.

Here is a plain wingback chair, grown shabby with age, upholstered in a fresh, oriental pattern; transformed.

About Us

Earl Parker started his apprenticeship in upholstery in 1980 and started his shop in 1986. Parker Upholstery started out in New York and moved to Clayton, North Carolina in 1991 where it has been based ever since. His shop accepts work from across the state and from further afield, such as New York, Florida and Texas for refurbishing.

Parker Upholstery especially loves to work on family heirlooms and bringing older pieces back to life. Earl Parker says  that every piece we deliver is a piece we would take home ourselves, otherwise it would not be delivered back to the customer.  His experience working on older pieces of furniture  - which were constructed differently to modern pieces - allows Earl to be able to perform restorations to the way they would have looked when they were first made, using the same types of methods of construction as were used originally. 

Parker Upholstery is also able to take on corporate, school and institutional clients. Clients include DuPont's conference room; CEO office chairs; as well as doctors' examining room tables.

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