Lisa writes in with a detailed questions about bringing her recent vintage purchase back to life: Hi, I just purchased this set of mid-century chairs from This Is Not Ikea. The cushions are over-sized and there is some cracking in the wood from having been used as outdoor chairs. I took them to a furniture reupholsterer where they quoted me a little too much to redo them so I've decided to try and redo the chairs myself. I've ordered new cushions online and got a great deal on a nice yellow upholstery fabric. I've purchased all the tools to redo the wood (stripper, sand paper, gel stain, varnish) and am all set to start this project. However, I am stumped in a few areas...
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- Where can I get cushion covers remade for an affordable price? What's the typical price to have covers made?
- The weaving on the seat bottoms was extremely brittle and old so I removed it and I want to try and re-weave it myself, as the strips were only attached with staples. Where can I buy the weaving? Should this be left to professionals?
- After removing the weaving, I found the original order for the chairs stuck to the bottom. They were ordered from Baumritter Furniture in NY, which became Ethan Allen in 1965, so I know they are at least authentic mid-century and now I am scared that by my doing all the work myself, I am degrading the value of these chairs. Should I even redo them?