Furnishings for A Christmas Story’s Bumpus House Returned to 1940’s Glory
CLEVELAND, OH – November 27, 2018 – When the folks from A Christmas Story House decided to open the next-door neighbor’s house for rental, they called Sheldon Myeroff of Chagrin Valley Custom Furniture (CVCF) to restore, repair, and recreate vintage 1940’s-style furniture for the house located in the Tremont District of Cleveland, Ohio. A Christmas Story is an iconic movie from 1983, filmed in Cleveland, that has become a holiday classic.
It features Ralphie Parker’s childhood home as well as the next-door Bumpus house. Ralphie’s house and A Christmas Story House Museum across the street were opened to the public in 2006. When the Bumpus home was bought in 2016 for overnight rental, it needed quite a bit of renovation, including selecting and restoring the period piece furnishings.
Jennifer Hoffine, Bumpus House project manager, said, “We searched the internet and were thrilled to find Sheldon’s custom furniture company right here in Cleveland. They were great to work with, delivered the project on budget and on schedule and it looked better than we could have ever imagined.”
The furniture was broken, distressed and scratched, with bumps, grinds and peeling stain and paint. It took long hours of furniture refinishing, repairing, and restoration for CVCF to bring the pieces back to their original glory. Furnishings included 40’s-style beds, doors, tables, armoires, side tables – even the kitchen sink which they repurposed from old pieces/parts. CVCF worked on the project from July to September 2018 in order to have it ready for the home’s October opening.
“We loved the project”, said Myeroff, CVCF owner and furniture maker. “We already were fans of the movie because of the Cleveland connection and we were honored to participate in making it perfect for visitors”.
To read more about the CVCF Bumpus House project, see pictures and video, go to https://www.chagrinvalleycustomfurniture.com/bumpus-house/.