Custom Upholstery


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About the Artist

My background


I have always loved colorful textiles in furniture and clothing. When I was a young girl my grandmother and mother taught me their passion for sewing and creating with beautiful fabrics. That inspiration from my childhood has grown over the years. I received my degree in fashion merchandising. I worked in retail sales and display for many years. Upholstery is my second career and I love this journey. I am inspired by the clients that trust me with their treasures!

 Rhonda Shanahan

My journey


My love of sewing and fabrics sparked my interest in upholstery 10 years ago.  I found an upholstery class through our extension office in Wichita Kansas. My first project was a wingback chair and I was hooked. I worked on several pieces for our own home. It was wonderful to be able to restore and refurbish antique and vintage chairs. We moved to Colorado and I continued to learn with upholstery education online. I had friends asking if I would do chairs and settees for their homes. This was the start of The Whimsical Chair

My vision


It is wonderful to help clients give new life to their family heirlooms. I take great pride in restoring a piece of furniture that has a story and is sentimental in your home. Antique and vintage furniture is made to last and be reupholstered. I enjoy the creative process of designing a chair to be the conversation piece in your home. Each chair will be unique and one of a kind. Thank you for trusting me with your treasured pieces. The biggest compliment I get is referrals from past clients.

National Upholstery Association