I finished this project months ago, and it's taken me that long to recover from recovering this damn chair. Don't get me wrong. It's beautiful, and I love it now...but I'm not entirely sure it was worth all the blood, sweat, and tears I poured into it. And I mean all of those quite literally.
I bought this dingy blue velvet wingback chair from a scary man off of Craigslist for a whopping 20 bucks. After getting a whiff of my new project in his pack-rat garage, I wasn't entirely convinced that the smoke-drenched chair was worth my $20 (I know, I know. I'm a Frugal Frances.) or that I would make it out alive. (Does anyone else automatically think that the Craiglister is going to chop them up into little bits?)
This picture really doesn't do the heinousness justice.
Hours and hours and hours later, I finally got all that crappy material off. I then seriously contemplated burning the sucker to the ground. My fingers were raw from pulling out staples, my hand was in a crippling claw-like position from having held the screwdriver for entirely too long.
Picking out the fabric was another challenge altogether. I didn't want something too floral, too loud, too cutesy, or anything chevron (the stripe in everyone's house). I wanted a transitional fabric that would flow with our house but wouldn't make me want to puke on it in a year's time for an excuse to change the fabric again. Easier said than done. Pretty sure the lady at JoAnn's had to give me a hug after I cried in the middle of the aisle.
It's not perfect. You don't have to stare too hard to see a flaw, but I love it because I made it. It's unique, and I know for certain no one else has a chair like this in their house. So come on over to our home and plump your fanny on this bad mamajamma.
Wingback Chair from CL: $20
Fabric from Hobby Lobby: 7 yards for $60 (I had a gift card.)
Staples and Staple Gun: Free (My wonderful father-in-law let me borrow his.)
Nail heads for trim: Free (Did I mention my father-in-law is awesome?)