Wednesday, June 2, 2010


Hey look, I'm back again. Thanks for all the back-patting reassurance that you haven't all abandoned me. Now, I am happy to report that my weekend pretty much went according to plan, aside from an emergency Saturday afternoon trip to work to get my riding stuff which had been living under my desk for a month because I was too lazy to cart it home. This involved calling the campus police who were nice enough to let me into the building, but I suspect they didn't have much else going on and was happy to provide some distraction.

Anyway, on Saturday Nina came over and helped with my chairs, and by "helped" I mean she pretty much reupholstered them for me. She is really, really good at this stuff but her husband has banned her from rescuing any more chairs so she was happy to be part of my project. Lucky me!

Here's what they looked like when I bought them:

I only wish there were words to describe how truly and utterly filthy they were. I mean, when we pulled up the old fabric and batting? OH MY GOD. No words.

Are you ready for this? Here's what they look like NOW:

Holy shit, right? Amazing! What an incredible difference. The cost breakdown is something like this:

$10 for the chairs ($5 each)
$15 for various wood stain, cleaning stuff & glue
$15 for new foam and batting
$22 for a yard of fancy fabric

Total: $62 for two pretty damn nice chairs that look great in my living room.  Yay! Now, tell me what you did last weekend.


  1. Wow, those look amazing. You can come over and decorate my house any time.

  2. You know I love a good project! Those look awesome.

  3. Chairs look great! Now that I see a bigger swatch, I like the fabric even better.

  4. Buttermilk twice, lots of studying for the stupid certification exam on 6/12, hanging with Elliot, and sleeping until lunchtime on Saturday.

    Life is good!

    The chairs rock. (Well, not literally.) Now will you and Nina come do mine? They're just the same, but uglier.

  5. Love them! How long did that take?

  6. Thanks y'all! All in all I think it took about two hours, though I'd spent an hour cleaning them prior to the upholstering project.

  7. Those look amazing! I really like the wooden backs on these chairs too. Great deal!

  8. I wonder how hard it would be to recover a vinyl chair? I've got a cool one in the basement (the previous owners left it) that has good bones but is butt ugly orange cracked vinyl.