Many months ago, right around the time I was under contract for my new condome (condo + home, not sure if it works but I am trying it out for now), and while driving by a consignment store downtown, I spied two well-loved chairs placed in the lawn by the store front. The chairs were perfect…at least they had the makings of perfect. Upon closer inspection the chairs needed a little love but I felt confident that I could give them the help they needed and the price was right so I bought them.
Visions of me stripping and staining the wood and then learning how to re-upholster filled my mind and my google searches. I was excited to take the project on until I started looking at the chairs more closely and realized the chairs needed a LOT more work than I thought. They needed to be completely taken apart and put back together again with wood glue and using clamps and let’s not even talk about the state I found the seat padding in when I peeled off the first layer. I quickly became overwhelmed. The project would be labor intensive and require either expertise or a LOT of learning on my part. I am all for learning, but the truth is, I am not in a position right now to learn how to completely restore furniture. So what to do? Pay someone else to do it of course.
So, I kept the chairs in my parent’s garage for several months while I saved some money and in the mean time I have been hunting for the perfect fabric. Picking fabric was a real trial. There are tons of fabrics out there but I was trying to find something that really worked in the decor and with the colors I had already established in my front room AND something that didn’t cost $50 a yard. The style of what I was looking for was such that I had to focus my efforts online as the local places that sell home dec weight fabric are either too traditional for my taste or way too expensive. Finally, about a month ago I stumbled upon the perfect fabric and finally took my chairs in to a local shop anxiously waiting to see if my vision of the chairs would become a reality.
Perhaps you should judge for yourself.
So although these chairs are not at all a result of my craftsman skills, I still take credit for having a vision and my style choices. I am so, so happy with them.