Sunday, December 28, 2014

chair update

remember those gorgeous mid-century chairs we found on craigslist for an absolute steal? well, the plan was to refinish them and make new cushions. then, the summer happened and the baby projects started and the plan changed to having someone ELSE refinish them and make new cushions. and maybe sell / trade them the little triangle table to help offset the cost. it's a cool table, but not anything  we need in the house. it's a strange shape and also needs a little work.

the chairs need some re-gluing, new straps / webbing (seat support), and some wood refinishing in addition to the cushions. i'd like them to be restored to their original(ish) color of wood and then add simple, navy cushions. some of my inspiration photos:

fabric is a little light, but photo of sold item from this shop
photo from expired listing at this cute shop
photo from here
however, we got a few bids on the restoration and upholstery work. and the cheapest was $500 a chair!! ummm, what?! so now it's back to the drawing board. do we sell the chairs and buy something else? at $500/chair, we can buy really nice chairs. like, really nice. do we just live with the ugly a little longer and take on the project after the baby comes? something in between? maybe just a large foam base cushion and interesting pillow for the back... 

idea & photo from here
any ideas? any good places to buy ready-made cushions?


  1. I would say that you sell the chairs and buy something new at this point. Even after baby comes you’ll be super busy and hardly sleeping so I doubt you’ll want to deal with it. Or if you really really want to keep them, maybe Josh Babb can help restore? I know he has done a lot with his own Craigslist purchases.

  2. good idea - i may just ask him for advice, i know they're busy with their new house!!