Worth the Cost to Recover Vintage Chairs?

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Q: I purchased these two bucket-style tufted chairs and ottomans with teak legs from Kijiji for a total of $100 with the plan to recover them myself. I dismantled one and discovered that due to the thick foam quilted top portion of the slipcover, I would need a commercial machine…

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… to do the job properly. I contacted a local upholsterer for an online quote, which came back at $325 per chair and $100 per ottoman, without the cost of fabric. Are the chairs worth the cost of upholstery, or should I just fashion a loose slipcover and call it a day? The bucket is made out of a hard flexible plastic with holes for the tufting and I'm guessing they are at least 30 years old. They are sturdy and very comfortable. Any advice you can provide is appreciated.

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.