I took my mother-in-law on one of my recent thrift shopping adventures. We were actually shopping for her, she wanted to find a new nightstand. But, of course I had fun looking as well. We both lucked out at Charlie’s Used Furniture in Lancaster. As she was checking out nightstands, I was just browsing the store. I found a pair of bamboo chairs.
They were definitely used, but in good enough condition for me. I didn’t really know where I would put them, but I inspected them and knew they could easily be reupholstered. I still wasn’t sure until the owner ventured over to see how we were doing, and informed me that the pair were half price. So, instead of $19 each, I could have the pair for $19. SOLD! Meanwhile, my mother-in-law also found a nightstand she liked, so we did good on our first stop of the day.
I had flipped the chairs over to see how they were put together, so when I started my disassembly at home, it was a pretty easy process.
There was only 1 screw in the front and 2 on the rear of the chair holding the seat to the base.
I removed the seat and was left with the fabric staples to remove.
I found a surprise after removing the fabric, which I just use a flat screwdriver and then pliers to pull out the staples.
There was another layer of fabric under the first one. I’m sure this was the original fabric, and the previous owner had just added new fabric on top of it. I wanted to make sure that the foam was in good condition, so I also removed this layer of fabric. Once all the fabric was gone, I found the foam in very good condition.
I had some batting on hand, so I just added that as an extra layer to maintain the condition of the foam and hold everything in place before attaching my fabric. I purchased 1/3 a yard of fabric at Jo-Ann Fabrics, on sale for only $14.99/yd, so my cost was $10. The fabric is called Signoria Harvest, and it was in the 55″ rolls of home decor fabric.
The batting and new fabric are secured only with the staples. I do one side at a time, then the opposite side and then repeat the same steps on the other two sides, saving the corners for last. I didn’t want a seam to show on the corners, so I rounded them the best I could and stapled. That part took two hands, so I don’t have an in-process picture.
To make sure I was fine with the corners, I tested it by putting the seat back on the chair. Looks good to me. I also used some wood glue to secure sections where the accent details (not sure what they are called) were coming loose. Then, I had to get Bob’s help to secure the seats back on the chair, as it was much more difficult putting the screws back in than taking them out. I held the seat in place and he used his drill to make them really secure.
For now, the chairs have found a place in the basement beside the console table and under the sconces.
Puddy gives his approval by testing them out in their new home!
While I was rearranging, I started to take down some of my Fall decor and change up the look on the console table. I still feel like it needs something else. I seem to always struggle with getting the right look on tablescapes and vignettes….it takes me a few tries before I get it right, and I have to live with it a while in between the tries to decide what I think about it. Any suggestions on how to finish off this spot in our basement? Am I the only one who is ready to take down all the Fall decor and start decorating for Christmas?
Cheryl Johnson says
I love your chairs. The console table in the center joins them perfectly. The bargain you found was amazing. What part of the country are you in?
Thanks Cheryl! I’m in Pennsylvania.