We seem run across Ikea's Tullsta chair on Craigslist almost daily. At the time of this writing, a quick search through the New York listings brings up at least six posted in the last week.
Perhaps it's their low price ($99) that makes them so readily disposable; perhaps it's the quality, which we can't speak for. But we do know that there are an abundance of these waiting to be rescued from the landfill, so we were intrigued by Minouette at Craftster's transformation of a chair she found on the curb...
According to Minouette, "I found this chair. It had a sad little sign saying "FREE". It was filthy and had been much abused by a cat. The legs were scuffed and marked, but it looked solid and had potential."
She cut off the offending fabric, using it as a guide to make a new pattern, and reused the zipper for the cushion. To make the new fabric, she used a combination of thrifted pieces, including corduroy, some old pants and a men's shirt.
The result is a totally new chair straight out of the Urban Outfitters catalog, personalized and free but for the labor!