We Buy Ugly Chairs
One day, we received a call from a neighbor saying that a local junk shop was going out of business. Junk? We were there within minutes! Shockingly, we paid good money for this “Before” chair. It cost a whole $5!
As ghastly as the “Before” pictures are, I’m not sure they do this chair justice. A stamp on the bottom of the chair tells us it was manufactured on Feb. 15, 1954. From the looks of the chair, it had been sitting outside since 1961.
The fabric was… special. Truly, we would have liked the fabric, if it had been in mint condition. Sadly, there was nothing mint about this chair. The fabric was more like parchment paper that turned into powder at the slightest touch. Let’s just say the dust mites had done a thorough job.
The first thing we did was to remove the fabric, which, for once, was easier done that said! The original padding also made its way to the trash. The legs were sanded and stained with a cherry finish.
The fabric we selected was an inexpensive duck cloth. We bought 2 yards with a 40% off coupon. New padding was attached to the seat and back. Landon cut out the fabric to attach to the chair. That was more difficult than usual because there was no pattern to go by, since the original fabric had sort of disintegrated!
Decorative tacks were added to attach the back panel to the chair. The result is a chair that doesn’t make you want to reach for a bottle of Purell!