Cover Me

10 Feb

Life, work, travel and February have gotten the better of me. February in general is a difficult month, especially here in the Pacific Northwest. The wintry fun of the holidays and New Year has passed; spring feels beyond our grasp. (That rhymed…poet that didn’t know it.  Ha!) My enthusiasm for house projects wanes as I simply try to re-coup after traveling to the UK last week and heading out to New York this week. I am ready for my house to be my home and sanctuary, which is difficult when everything feels half-done and I have no energy to touch the other half.

Enough whining already. That was a long rationalization for why I said in Monday’s post that I would share the update on the chairs with you ‘tomorrow’ when I am now doing it on Friday.

So today is the grand reveal of the multiple chairs I have purchased in the past six months at thrift stores.  Remember this and these? (And oh my, the old furniture in the living room!  So glad that is gone.)

Today, they are fresh and new after being re-upholstered with fabrics I love.  The two chairs will live in the living room, cozied up opposite Taylor when he arrives.  I envision Taylor against the back wall (until we get my fantasy wall unit, of course) with the gorgeous ladies opposite him. (The ladies need names.  Suggestions?  UPDATE:  The marvelous Michelle suggested Betty and Joan.  Perfect!)  The fabric I chose for the wood chairs is a warm neutral with green, orange and a wee bit of red woven in. It pulls in the green from the entry wall (Yolo Leaf 04), the orange from the dining room (Yolo Petal 01) and the hallway buff color (Yolo Air 04) perfectly. (Read about Yolo here.) The chairs still need a bit of sanding and refinishing on the wood, but they are still in pretty good shape and really, one thing at a time, people.

My favorite fave is the armchair.

I love the fabric, a nubby deep charcoal gray, and I have visions of it in the corner of my bedroom, making a little reading nook with my imaginary but very cool mid-century floor lamp and side table.  Kind of like this (photo from Braxton and Yancey blog):

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The legs still need staining, but we will get to that eventually as well.

So here’s the kicker: The re-upholstery was way more expensive than I thought it would be.  I thought I’d spend $500 and it would be good.  For the fabric, foam inserts and labor, we paid $1200 for all three pieces.  That’s in addition to the $130 for the original purchases.  Hmm.

At first, I thought, so much for being thrifty. But then I started looking around and decided I got a pretty good deal.  Chairs like these are going for way more than that on Etsy and Ebay…one pair for $2500.  Three chairs for $1300? Sounds like a good deal to me given the market for this kind of thing.  Plus, the work and craftsmanship on the reupholstery is excellent.  (I have a great resource in the western Washington area if you would like.) What do you think?  Have you had reupholstery sticker shock? Was it worth it?

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9 Responses to “Cover Me”

  1. anobriant December 2, 2012 at 5:39 pm #

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  2. Dave February 13, 2012 at 11:42 am #

    Hi Brandy

    I love your thrift store chairs. All three of them. But . . .

    some people have more time than money. And that would be us.

    My wife (Wonder Woman) took an old sofa we bought in a thrift store and recovered it herself. Having never done upholstery before, and considering the total dollar amount it cost us, I think we have a fabulous sofa.

    If I may shamelessly plug my own blog, have a look:

    There are always options.


    • Brandy February 15, 2012 at 7:38 pm #

      Just checked it out and that is truly amazing! Well done!


  3. Dana@Mid2Mod February 10, 2012 at 12:58 pm #

    High density foam for cushions costs a fortune! You’re right about that. I usually try to wait till it goes on sale for half off at Jo-Ann’s. However, you made a great point that I wish more people would understand. When you think about the cost of one chair at a store like Rooms to Go, which average around $500-600, and then consider the quality of a vintage piece that’s already lasted 60 years (and which you’ve just given new life), you realize that you’ve really made a wise purchase. I guarantee you that the Rooms to Go chairs won’t be here in 60 years!

  4. Jennifer Stine-Sidney February 10, 2012 at 10:13 am #

    I can even deliver the cushions for you or if she is in the area she will pick them up. We go over quite a bit in the spring and summer and she has fairly quick turn around. I am rather biased about her work. (She is my idol:))

    • Kate February 10, 2012 at 10:30 am #

      Thanks! I’ll email her and get a quote. I imagine this will cost the same as a family vacation. But since everyone is so busy, and we can’t even find a week to spend together, we can all enjoy the porch during our individual leisure!

      • Jennifer Stine-Sidney February 10, 2012 at 4:27 pm #

        Make sure you let her know your a friend of mine (and Brandy’s).

  5. Kate February 10, 2012 at 9:29 am #

    You aren’t kidding about reupholstery sticker shock. I got a great deal on a patio set, and for the past 4 years, I’ve been meaning to recover the cushions, but every estimate I get makes me think, “Naw, I can live with them a little while longer.”
    I believe this is the year, so yes, please send along your recommendation. I paid $350 for a 12 piece, wrought iron table, chairs, and love seat set, made in Egypt in the 1950s. You would probably love the original green & gold plaid-ish covers, but they are in sorry shape. Calico Corners told me the covers were in better shape than the cushions themselves, which are shockingly expensive to replace. Oh, and not one cushion out of 16 is a standard size, and they all have piping. Ouch!

    • Brandy February 10, 2012 at 9:46 am #

      You are totally right. The foam cushioning is the most expensive part. Lindy Bonniwell, the woman who did the upholstery, said to me that we might as well be sitting on solid gold for how expensive the foam cushions are and she is right. She is in Wenatchee and is Jennifer Sidney’s cousin. Super nice lady who does great work. You can reach her at:

      Good luck!

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