Sometimes you stumble onto a deal so good, that you just have to shake your head and thank the thrifting gods.
This happened to me last week, or so I thought. I found this chair. A perfect, mid-century mod chair with teak armrests and rich, green, velvet upholstery.
I was hunting for lamps at my local Goodwill when it caught my eye. I did what I always do when I see a fab find from across the room: I hastened my steps and sprinted (in a nonchalant way) over to it before anyone else could get their hands on it.
Glancing down at the price tag, overwhelmed with excitement, I just about squealed with joy and did a little dance. They were only asking $8.99!
The best part about a chair like this one is that she looks pretty darn good as-is, allowing you to live with her in her current condition for a while before deciding whether, and/or how, to revamp her.
She (the chair) is not without her issues. Most pressing are the missing buttons on her seat back. The simple fix? A cozy throw!
Choosing a multi-coloured throw that incorporates other hues from your décor is the easiest way to make the chair relevant to your existing space.
Fold it neatly over the seat back to create an orderly, zen-like feel or simply toss it over for a more casual look.
Long term, I would have a new seat cushion made, as this one is looking a little flat, and I’d have the teak armrests tightened up during the reupholstery process.
When thinking about fabric, I see only one option. It’s got to be bold and graphic in pattern but understated in colour. A palette of black & white (or off-white) would contrast perfectly with the natural wood elements.
One shop immediately comes to mind to fit this bill… Studio Bon. Many of the fabrics in their collection could work. Use a small-scale pattern like “wired” to create a quirky, yet, calming effect. Or, use a large-scale pattern like “scallop” or “ellen” to attract attention and create a show-stopping, statement piece.
So, I had my makeover plan in place, I just had to make her mine. Unfortunately, as it turns out, this lovely lady was already sold; they just hadn’t had a chance to move her to the back yet. Talk about bumming hard.
Just because I had to leave the store empty handed doesn’t mean these ideas should go to waste. If you come across a chair like this in your travels, please take these ideas and make my makeover dreams a reality!