Friday, February 8, 2008

neverending chairs

I bought the orange chair. It is comfortable and high in the back, perfect for a chair for my mom's room. Nevertheless, I have some buyer's remorse. Why you ask? Because I thought the orange velvet would be dirty etc and that I'd be able to envision the chair recovered. The problem is, the orange velvet is fabulous, and I kind of feel like it might not be right to remove it when someone else might love it in all its orange glory. Orange will definitely not work in my mom's room, so I don't know whether to relist the chair on Craigslist or to hang onto it for a bit to see if I can wrap my head around the necessary transformation.

As for the fruit chair, my sister pointed out numerous times that I have no experience with reupholstery, and no idea if I will be good at it and enjoy it, or think of it as a painful chore. She suggested starting smaller and simpler, and I think I may heed her wise advice.

I found this chair on CL for only $20.
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It seems like an easier redo (according to the upholstery book I bought) and would have a place to live as a dining room chair if it turns out well. I will of course keep you posted on any progress once I begin this project...

4 comments:

Mella DP said...

That does look like a saner option for the first attempt. This is also on my list of "stuff to try someday." Love to see how it goes.

lorijo said...

that fruit chair will be really hard to redo. The smaller chair would be much easier to do, and with the trim around the edges much more forgiving for a first timer.
What are the sides like on the orange chair? I can't really tell from the photo. Are they like woven? I don't think that orange is all that fabulous that I wouldn't re cover it (and I LOVE orange)

CQ in DC said...

lorijo,
The sides are caned. I think I'm going to relist the orange chair on Craigslist to see if it can find a better home. If not, then I'll see what I can do...

I blame you for this new chair addiction!

drwende said...

Are you going to paint this new one black? ;-)

No one has picked up on the brightly painted old chairs that ATLA ran back circa 2005, come to think of it, and someone really should. I'd do it, except that the look has nowhere to go chez moi.