Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Stupid is as stupid does!

Happy Hump Day Everyone!

Hard to believe it's already Wednesday! Gotta love a short work week!

I'm glad everyone liked Hare's Christmas. Thanks for the compliments and thanks also for the lovely comments on Abby's art. I showed them to her and she was quite surprised that people liked them.

So I think I did a stupid thing Monday. I was browsing Craigslist when I spied a listing for 2 antique chairs. Clicked on the listing and up came the picture. The first chair is somewhat unique in my opinion and I knew Miss Abby would love the shape of it. The second chair was perfect! I've been looking for a chair to fit in the corner of my bedroom and I could see it in my minds eye all spruced up with a throw tossed carelessly over the arm. The price was great too, only $20.00 for both! I quickly emailed the person selling the chairs and got an answer back before too long, the chairs were still available and we could come look at them any time. I grabbed Dan and quick like a rabbit we hopped in the car and headed down the road to Bellevue. Arriving at our destination we rang the bell and were shown to the basement where these beauties were being stored. The young couple that was selling the chairs had just recently moved from Wyoming. With an infant and new jobs they just didn't have the time to clean the chairs up so they decided to sell them and get them out of their basement. Dan and I sat on them, turned them upside down, hemmed and hawed, discussed if we wanted one or both and the gal pipes up and says you can have them both for $15.00. Fifteen huh, well I guess if we can get them in the car we'll take them. I gave her the $15.00 and we carried them outside and lo and behold they fit just fine in the car. And that right there was where the stupid part came in. If I had a lick of sense in my head I would have pretended that they didn't fit, got my money back and got our happy asses out of there. But no....I brought these chairs home and chattered all the way about how awesome they were going to look re-done.

I have to blame my friend Becca for thinking these chairs would be a good idea. Mostly because I don't really want to take the blame for being stupid but also because she just finished a chair similar to the red one and it turned out beautifully! But, and this is a big BUT...she has a friend that knows how to upholster and said friend was happy to help her learn how to do it. I do not have such a friend. Becca lives in Dayton. Ohio. She isn't going to come to Omaha anytime in the foreseeable future to teach me how to do it. So what in the sam hill was I thinking buying these chairs????? I certainly can't afford to pay someone to reupholster these beauties. I don't want them in my house the way they are and I would really like to park my car in my garage this winter instead of harboring this disreputable pair of chairs!! But the deed is done so I need to come up with a solution to the problem. Did I mention Abby wants Zebra stripes on the pink chair? Nothing like adding stripes to an already difficult project! I'll keep ya posted on their status but if you know anyone in my neck of the woods that would like to teach me the craft of re-upholstery, have them look me up. I'll be the one beating my head against the wall repeating Stupid stupid stupid over and over.

Take care till next time!



Margaret said...

No no no, no stupid. Great price, great deal! I bet you'll find someone to help you out. Too bad my friend (who knows how to reupholster) lives in NY. Could you find videos on reupholstering on Youtube? They seem to have everything else how-to.

santadeb said...

Well what is done is done, don't beat yourself up about it! The price was great and I can't offer a solution to the reupholtering dilemma but I have faith in you and your great decorating mind, it WILL work out!
Loved the art by Abby and your stitching, am just catching up!!

Catherine said...

Great chairs!! Years ago my mom took an upholstering class at the local Vacational School in the evening - a Home-extionsion course I believe it was called. There was a nominal fee and she had to supply the chair and her own fabric. It sits proudly in her living room to this day.

Perhaps you can find something like that in your area. She said it really wasn't that hard to do.

Meari said...

Hey Julie -- I think both chairs are awesome! I have one similar to the one on the right. I just sent you some info that might help you.

Jennifer said...

We used to live in Delaware, and I don't know if they still do it or not, but the prisons used to reupholster furniture on the cheap. The only catch was they did not pick up or deliver - you had to get it there yourself. You might want to check and see if there's a program like that near you.

Also, I read a ton of DIY / Home improvement blogs, and it seems every week, someone is re-doing a cheap chair and it ends up looking FABULOUS. I'd do a little googling, see what you can find. And if it doesn't work out, it was only 15 bucks, right?

Siobhan said...

I love the chairs--cool shape! I hear you on the upholstery woes. I ended up with a nice Queen Anne chair in my brother's divorce (some pots & pans, too! LOL). It's a great chair but it's pink. Yikes! Good luck!

I love your daughter's art work! Hare's Christmas looks great, too. Love the trim on it.