We Buy Ugly Chairs

By Christi Pelt
In Before and After
Sep 9th, 2013

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! 1DSCF2344DSCF2347

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.DSCF2357

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.DSCF2349DSCF2351DSCF2352

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.DSCF2354

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!DSC01913DSC01915DSC01916DSC01917

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!

16 Responses to “We Buy Ugly Chairs”

  1. Bethany says:

    Amazing!! Seriously, you guys rock.

  2. Tracy says:

    Hi, surfed over from Apartment Therapy. Really nice project. Just to verify, did you finish the seat and back separately before assembling?

    Did you do the front corners with box pleat?
    Did you use “curve ease”…that specialty metal border stuff with the prongs, that helps hold a nice edge on the back? The alternative is cardboard, I think.
    Thanks. I’ll be exploring your blog for more goodies !

    • Christi Pelt says:

      Squeee! Just having you stop by is a thrill for these decorating geeks!

      Yes, the seat and back were finished separately before assembling. Yes, the front corners were finished with box pleat. Cardboard was used instead of curve ease because we’re notoriously cheap, er frugal.

      Thank you for looking!

  3. Y’all did a great job. The chair looks fabulous! Congratulations on being featured at Apartment Therapy!

  4. Steven Nungaray says:

    Also came over from Apartment Therapy, I really like the material.
    Where did you find it?

    • Christi Pelt says:

      The fabric came from Hobby Lobby, Steven. They have a large variety of really cute duck cloth patterns. Plus, they often have 40% off coupons! Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Leslie says:

    Looks fantastic! So glad you saved this chair!

  6. Donna says:

    Wow! Congratulations on being featured on Apartment Therapy!!! I’m one of your biggest fans!

  7. jani says:

    I’m your other biggest fan! :)

  8. Laura says:

    Congratulations for being featured on apartment therapy! Wow! Great chair rehab as well.

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