It seems like every day I am trying to find something for the new house. I am on the hunt for rugs as every room in the home is hardwood. I am also on the prowl for new furniture and antiques to put in the rooms. We have enough furniture but eventually I want to replace what we have with more appropriate pieces that fit the style of the city house. This weekend my aunt and I found a wing back chair at a yard sale for $20. It is that horrific color that I like to type as "office burgundy." As I was inspecting it, one of the ladies at the sale asked me why I wanted the chair. I told her I was planning on reupholstering it and putting it in our library/office. "Well, I guess you can pay $20 for a chair then pay $300 to have it recovered. I have several wing chairs that I need to do that to and haven't yet." Humph. Maybe she wanted the chair to add to her collection but I was not deterred, so I handed over the $20 bill and packed the chair in the back of my vehicular unit.
As I stare at the chair, I think there is no way this chair is going to cost me $300 to recover. I am going to attempt to do it myself. If I fail, what is the big deal? I'll only be out the cost of the chair and whatever fabric I decide upon.
I love the Internet. I surf constantly in search of news and articles. I think it drives my husband batty at times. However, you can learn a lot from reading. Who cares if it is a hard bound book, a news paper or a Web page, right? I think I have found my source of tutorial for tackling the wing chair job.
The Creative Maven has an awesome two page DIY article dedicated to reupholstering a wing back chair complete with pictures and notes on what to do/not to do. Mormon Chic also has a pretty simple to follow guide on taking care of a chair without paying $300.
What do you think? Can I do it?