Remodeling and Home Design

Designer Spotlight: Cindy Walker Cox

Darby Road HOME loves to feature local designers and artists, and this month we are highlighting a piece by Design Walker Studios! Cindy Walker Cox specializes in refurbishing vintage and antique furniture, adding a modern flair to inherent vintage beauty.


Cindy’s process begins with allowing the piece to speak to her in order to determine the paint, stain and fabric selection that will best suit her client. Each piece is stripped to the bare wood and repaired as necessary. The majority of chairs are built with webbing and spring coils using the 8-way hand tied method (stay tuned for our next blog post which will be all about spring systems!). The piece is then painted and protected with varnish, polyurethane, or wax dependent upon the type of paint. Once the finish has cured, Cindy reupholsters the chair using high quality foam, cotton, and designer fabrics.

We spoke with Cindy about this piece and she gave us some great background information about it.


This frame is circa 1970’s and is a replica of Louis XV style chair. Coordinating fabrics and paint colors are the most exciting part of refurbishing my pieces. I love to transform vintage pieces using modern finishes and fabrics with complimenting colors, textures and patterns. I pull fabrics to enhance the personality of each piece. On this piece, the embroidery fabric on the inside and outside seat back is a dazzling embroidery with copper, gold, cobalt blue, kelly green, red and magenta. In selecting the fabric for the seat, I found a stunning solid blue velvet. Velvets hold such intense colors and are luxurious enough to enhance the colorful embroidery. The frame was painted with a white latex paint, protected with several coats of polyurethane.