before and after

I bought these pair of danish chairs off of craigslist and ebay this summer and have wanted to recover them ever since. I knew it was going to be expensive, so I put it off for as long as possible. This weekend I knew something had to be done. I marched down to the nearest upholstery shop and perused fabric swatches. It wasn’t an easy task, but I found a lovely swatch that was quite affordable. I took it up to the counter and had the woman estimate the cost of creating the four cushions for my two chairs. The grand total came to $760! I told her I had to think about it, but was really thinking: I’m never coming back, I’d rather sit my butt on the hideous, worn-out tweed they are now.

When I got home I realized IKEA had some similar chairs with similar cushions. I dashed to the computer to get the dimensions and discovered that they were nearly the same! So, after driving to IKEA this afternoon, we came home with a pillow for the back and a floor cushion for the seat. This is one-thousand times better than what we had. What do you think, too beachy out-doorsy or does it work? I am quite pleased that they finally match since the other chair’s cushion was yellow. The best part is the total=$160!

Thank you, IKEA.