Vintage Vinyl Upholstery at Discount Fabric Store

sparkle vinyl a good substitute for cracked ice vinyl for recovering vintage retro diner chairs

A bunch of different colors of sparkle vinyl, perfect for recovering vintage 1950’s diner chairs. Unfortunately, my table is more muted than these shades. There were at least 12 colors to choose from. If I remember correctly, they were about $12 a yard.

Although I would love to live out in the boonies on a few acres or at least far away from all the L.A. traffic, there are times I am thankful to live in this sprawling metropolis full of great vintage resources.  I wandered into M & L Fabric hoping to find a simple vinyl upholstery to match with my 1949 golden yellow linen formica dinette table and chairs.  Back in the days when I used to make a lot of costumes, I frequented M & L fabrics on a some what regular basis, but I had not been in there in years. This place is amazing with a giant warehouse sized store with both discount, discontinued, and new fabrics, including a large selection of interesting upholstery and vinyls, like Naugahyde.

As far as know, they don’t do orders online, but if you are in the L.A. Orange County area, it is worth stopping by.  However, their inventory constantly changes, and what is in there one week, might be gone the next.  On my most recent trip in there, the coolest items I found in the vinyl section in the back room were the a couple dozen almost full rolls of sparkle vinyl, perfect for recovering chairs for a 1950’s diner table, especially for anyone looking for a substitute for cracked Ice vinyl.   All the rolls were under $14 a yd. They also had some neat mid century modern patterns and 1960’s looking vinyls that had roses, leaves, or swirly patterns.  Most of the mid century vinyls were either gold, burgundy, copper, or silver.  I took pictures of all the ones I liked, but they had many more weird and wild ones to look at, as well as plain shades of blue, green, beige, yellow, red, and brown.  This is the place I bought the yellow and dark red vinyl naugahyde to recover the chairs for my 1949 Howell dinette set.

While I was in there I also browsed through all the quilting and home decor fabrics.  They had a few that had retro designs, but I already bought a vintage kitchen fabric off ebay last month.


sparkle vinyl rolls I wanted to buy.  I thought these would be great with a 1950s dinette set

Another view of the sparkle vinyl fabric rolls. There were lots of colors to choose from including black, yellow, green, red, orange, purple, a few shades of blue, pink, and more. These would make a good substitute for cracked ice vinyl if I was recovering a 1950’s or 1960’s diner set of chairs.

yellow irredencent vinyl fabric, ideal for covering mid century diner or dinnette table and chairs

This pretty golden yellow swirl patterned vinyl would have made a good substitute for cracked ice vinyl, at a fraction of the cost of seen it sold for online. I think this one was under $10 a yard. I was so tempted to buy it, but it was a little too vibrant for my yellow linen formica table.


A copper colored vinyl with pretty roses. The pattern looked similar to what I have seen on some late 50’s to 1960’s chairs.


A sliver leaf patterned vinyl fabric upholstery next to a couple of leopard print vinyls.

The store is located at:

M & L Discount Fabrics 3430 West Ball Road, Anaheim, CA 92804.  714-995-3178

M & L Fabrics in Anaheim, Ca.

If you have any other great sources for vintage fabrics online, please leave a comment to let me know. Thanks! – Lianne

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Vintage Vinyl Upholstery at Discount Fabric Store — 17 Comments

  1. Lianne:

    You are so generous with your information! You are writing a book, right?
    Your photo shows M & L, your text says M & M….

    Thank you!

    • The fabric store I mentioned in the post is the only place I have seen a lot different old vinyls. However, their stock fluctuates and everytime I go in there something cool is no longer available and other stuff is there.

      There is another vintage fabric place in Gardena, United Fabric, but it was much harder to see all the fabrics. United Fabric is at 15205 S Main St Gardena (800) 432-2742. They have tiny samples in a little office on boards. The prices were also seemed really high, so I didn’t stay to peruse their stock as much.

    • No, I don’t sell blue cracked ice vinyl. I looked around for it myself in my search for where to find an older vintage 1950’s table for my retro kitchen. I ended up reupholstering my dinette set chairs with plain candy apple red and saffron yellow vinyl.

  2. Do you know who sells the green ice vinyl and lamanate and the red ice vinyl and lamanate? Looking for fairly inexpensive as I am trying to get into restoration as a hobby with pocket change. Thanks,

    • The places that make new retro style dinettes, booths, and chairs might sell it, but I really doubt you will find it very inexpensively.

      The cheapest I have come across is $17 per yard for cracked ice vinyl, and I never found it in green, only yellow, grey, or red. I posted about the local place by me because they did have some good deals, they had old close out vinyls and leftovers, and at great prices. However, Every time I go in the stock is different and not all material is in giant rolls for big projects. I did get some nice red vinyl to redo my vintage booster/ step stool. Since I only needed less than a yard, it was perfect.

  3. Lianne, I was wondering if you have a closer photo of your Yellow Linen Howell table . I believe I have a table of the same pattern, its a golden yellow with a black ” thread like” pattern, It belonged to my grandmother, I’d like to get my chairs reupholstered but would like very much to match the pattern. Do you know if this is possible ? Could you possibly post a close up picture of the pattern of your table ? I’d love to see if it matches. Merry Christmas to you and your family.
    Denise F – Cleveland, OH

  4. Hello, Do you have or do you know where to find Green Cracked Ice Vinyl. We have one dinette chair that needs the seat replaced. thank you. Leslie Williamson

    • No, I am sorry Leslie. I haven’t seen any vintage green cracked ice vinyl for sale anywhere locally recently, but I haven’t looked online either.

  5. Hi there,
    I have an orange sparkle vinyl kitchen chair that needs the seat redone…it cracked. Could I send you a photo and you can tell me how close the colour is to yours?
    Thank you,

  6. Hello, I have just “inherited” my parents first dining table from 1954-55. It is in the cracked ice green. The table is in immaculate condition, however the chairs could use some recovering. Would you have the vinyl in stock? and would I be able to purchase a sample? I would appreciate any help in locating this vinyl if you are unable to help me. thank You, Jan from Louisiana

  7. Hi everyone
    I picked up a dozen rolls of authentic vintage Naugahyde today. Green, yellow, textured orange, light brown, dark brown, tan, purple Best of all textured orange!! all of it is on rolls
    Best way to contact me is by text 330-858-4854 I am in Ohio and will ship anywhere in the world

  8. Looking for vintage 60’s & 70’s glitter vinyl in orange and yellow to recover my Banana seat on a Schwinn bike. Any leads would be helpful. Newer vinyl just not the same. Thanks

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