Good Questions Update: A Cushy Question Answered!

Good Questions Update: A Cushy Question Answered!

Gregory Han
Apr 21, 2009

We love followups from our readers, so we were pleased to see this email update from Lisa who ended up taking the AT community's advice and tackling a DIY challenge to some lovely results:

Hi, I posted a few questions a couple of months ago about some mid-century chairs I bought that needed refinishing (Good Questions: A Cushy Question). I just wanted to thank everyone for their advice! I ended up stripping, sanding and restaining the chairs, since the teak oil did not do much to repair the cracks. I bought cushions online and had cushion covers made at a reupholsterer with fabric I supplied ($3 a yard on sale!) for a lot less than the original price the other upholsterer had quoted me!

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Also, I used nylon straps that my dad had laying around to replace the old straps and just nailed them in with upholstery tacks. All in all, it cost me just under $300 to redo these chairs, about half of what it would have cost me to have them done professionally. It did end up taking me like 3 months because I could only do work on the weekends at my mom's house, since I don't have an outdoor space at my apartment. Anyway, just wanted to share some pictures and say thanks! -Lisa

Thanks Lisa for sharing about your DIY chair makeover. Hopefully you've inspired some others to follow your footsteps!

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