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!
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!