Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Chairs

I had been searching for the perfect kitchen chairs for my apartment for a long while, but never came across the right ones. Last week I stumbled across this little gem in Value Village..

It is that wonderful mid century style I love and it is a very solid piece, but the fabric was worn and stained and the wood was scratched, and of course there was only one. Still, for $3.99 I couldn't pass it up. With a little effort, it would be just right.

I picked up some wood oil, foam, and chose some wonderful echino fabric from my stash, and got to work.

Pulling off the old foam was quite a chore, but stapling on the new was almost therapeutic.

Then came the fabric..

I am so happy with the result! I decided to keep the chair back in wood. There are some tiny holes from where staples used to be, but they are not very noticeable.

My lonely chair needed a mate. In lieu of a matching mate, I pulled up a wooden chair from my parents' basement that would suffice.

In order to coordinate them a little, I quickly sewed up a seat cushion in the same fabric (you can see the first chair, mid-makeover in the background). I had just enough! It is quite thin, with only three layers of organic cotton batting inside, but it is thick enough to keep bums comfy and warm through the winter months. I am so happy with my mismatched chairs!


Brandy said...

I have similar chairs (a set of four I found on the side of the road for free!) with similar plaid.

I just finished my degree in June so I had put off reupholstering them until my post-thesis days . . . those days are are here now and I am lost as to what to do with these chairs in terms of which fabric to choose. You have given me some inspiration and hope that the back of my chairs are nice wood as well!

A huge stumbling block for me has been what fabric to use so that it isn't too overwhelming with the seats and backs covered . .. hmmm new options perhaps!

Also I'm interested in the foam you used - what kind is it? I was thinking I would look for some wool batting as an eco-replacement for the old foam.

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