Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Unknown Territory: Reupholstering

We have this unfortunate habit of getting really excited about a project, getting it 98% done (I'm being very technical here) and then losing steam and moving on to a new exciting project. Right now we currently have three projects that we are trying to wrap up and I've resolved to not start any other big projects until we finish them (at which point I will feel significantly better).

Big is a relative term though, right? So while I am working on finishing the other projects (I promise) I am using this relativeness to work on a "small" project involving this:

This small project is reupholstering this cute chair that we picked up at the Habitat for Humanity Restore.

Nate has had this really great desk chair for years but during the move it must have gotten compressed in a weird way because the center post (it's one that goes up and down) is now about 3 inches lower than it should be and it is scraping up our floor. We have tried to fix it, but we have not been successful and so for the past couple of months, I've been looking for a new desk chair.

If you follow me on Pinterest you'll have seen some of these pins already, but these are the kind of chairs I was looking at to replace the office chair. They are all from Joss and Main.

I really like the design of these chairs and while the prices on these weren't horrible, They were still too much for me and so I have been looking locally at all the thrift stores and at Marshall's to see if I could get a similar chair for a lower price. 

I wasn't successful and I had basically resigned to the fact that I was going to have to pay $150+ to get a new desk chair. 

Luckily I hadn't resigned enough to actually buy a chair yet because on a trip to Orlando, we happened to eat lunch across the street from the Habitat for Humanity Restore (which was a complete coincidence since we had no idea it was there). We wandered in and while looking around I saw it. I chair that was the exact shape that I wanted. 

There was no price listed which made me nervous since at the consignment shop near our house there was a chair I liked with no price that ended up being $150. This time I lucked out and the chair was only $45! I was sold. 

The fabric on the chair is pretty nasty and so I am going to make my first attempt at reupholstering. This makes me a little nervous since I haven't done it before, but for less than 1/3 of the price I was going to pay, I figure it's worth a try.

So here is the breakdown of what I have to do with this chair:

  • Remove the old fabric (I'm going to guess this is going to take a lot of time)
  • Asses the condition of the cushions and if they are in bad shape, replace them
  • Stain the legs a less orangey color
  • Get new fabric and duplicate the pieces from the chair
  • Decide which look I want for the chair (between the second and third inspiration chairs)
  • Put all the fabric back on (the super scary step!)
So that is my "small" project. I'm off to take out a million and one staples put in trim in the pantry teach (see my priorities) so I hope you have a good day!

Linking To: Hi Sugar Plum, The Great Indoors, House of Hepworths, My Repurposed Life, Our Delightful Home, Five Days Five Ways, Serenity Now, Lovely Etc., The Rooster and the Hen, Six Sisters Stuff, Tatertots and Jello, Wayward Girls Crafts, Twigg Studio, Serendipity and Spice, Ask Anna, Home Stories A to Z, Uncommon Designs, House wives of RivertonCrafty Texas Girls

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