This little chair is a $20 Craigslist find! It's got great bones, but needs some serious assistance in the makeover department. I'm not sure of the origin of the chair and it does not have any markings or stamp, anyone want to guess who made it or have something similar?
We are embarking on a master bedroom makeover, this chair will be perfect in a corner by the window with an ottoman. Just the place to curl up and read! It's an easy DIY project, comfy, clean lines but the upholstery is ragged, the stuffing is worn and elbow grease will do it good. The nice thing about this chair is that it is super comfy for a short person like me.
First I took off the old upholstery, Diva helped me, with a little tiny screwdriver and her own needle nose, I was so proud! What lie beneath was not pretty:
I needed to take some of the upholstery off in order to strip and sand, but that stuff was yucky underneath. It's not horsehair, it seems to be some sort of wood material and it stunk. Once the upholstery was pulled back I stripped it, fine sanded it and finished it with Danish Wood Oil.
After the wood was refinished, it was off to the upholstery shop to have it reupholstered in a gorgeous grey velvety material I found for a song. Boca Bargoons sold it to me for about $6 a yard although it retails for $75/yard; there were only 5.5 yards left and right between yard 3.5-4.5 was an unusable yard due to water damage. That was fine with me since the chair would take about 2 yards and the ottoman less than 1; I will still have leftovers for pillows!
I'm intending to make a little square ottoman using the leftover fabric, a square piece of plywood and some legs from Uncle Bob's Workshop. Can't beat a $7.50 ottoman!
The upholstery shop gave me a 1.5 week timeline, so I should be able to post the after photos soon! What do you think?