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Velvet. Here.

Good gracious, we love a good over-estimation (well, in this case anyway!). Our up-to-10 week wait for Dandelion velvet? It’s over. It took just 2 weeks, and sweet jeebs, it was worth every day of checking in on my West Elm account to see the word shipped. (Okay, maybe I didn’t do that every day.)

In any case, it’s beautiful! Now, to figure out how to take this chair apart so we can work on the frame (the sanding, oiling and/or staining as mentioned right here) while our favorite upholstery shop works their magic – the same folks that took care of Grandma’s chair. In other words, we hope to save a little bit of money by dropping the cushioned part of our chair off to the pros while we bring the frame back to life.

As for our part, we’re scared. Covered screws and a fair share of wood glue + pegs are holding our lovely chair together, and it won’t be as simple to take apart as we’d like.

Has anyone out there tackled the disassembly of a mid-century chair? Are we nuts?

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  • Carrie @DreamGreenDIY10.9.12 - 9:46 AM

    Oh, it’s soooo pretty…You can already tell how awesome it’s going to look just with it draped around the wooden frame. Can’t wait to see it all done! And good luck with the restoration – If anyone can do it, it’s you guys =)ReplyCancel

  • Kim10.9.12 - 10:06 AM

    Thanks, Carrie! We’re gonna try, but it’s so scary!ReplyCancel

  • katie10.9.12 - 10:19 AM

    we have a similar looking chair, although ours was in really bad shape. i tried to repair the chair by just putting wood glue in each joint, but i ended up having to put a few stragetically placed screws into the frame to hold it all together. no ideal, but after staining it, you really do not see the screws. good luck with your restoration!

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  • Kim10.9.12 - 10:25 AM

    Katie, $5 for that chair? Insane! It looks beautiful! Good to know that some dark stain can help hide the screws – we were also thinking we could get some of those wood caps.ReplyCancel

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia]10.9.12 - 10:51 AM

    You lucky ducks! 2 weeks? Love that. And you’ll get it done. Sometimes I think the projects that I am most scared to do, turn out the best because I am so careful and mindful. Can’t wait to see it!ReplyCancel

  • Bernadette10.9.12 - 5:19 PM

    I’m looking forward to your refinishing project. I bought two great chairs on Craigslist last year. The upholstery project turned out to be more than I could handle, so I contacted your awesome upholsterer. The upholstery price was awesome, but I couldn’t swing the finishing too, which would have made each chair cost more than $500… I’m hoping to try my hand at refinishing the wood so I can finally get these chairs redone. If not, I’ll try to sell them again.ReplyCancel

  • Kim10.9.12 - 5:32 PM

    Bernadette, whoa, it can get expensive fast! We’ll try our best to do this chair justice!ReplyCancel

  • katie10.10.12 - 8:34 AM

    i was planning on using the wood caps with the screws, but honestly the parts that i was trying to attach were so thin i was worried if i recessed the screw enough to use a wood cap, i might potentially split the frame. you could probably figure out a way to do is using a very shallow cap, it would look so much better than the exposed screw. our chair was in such bad shape i was just hoping that it would be usable again, so i wasn’t as worried as i probably should have been about the finish.ReplyCancel

  • Marti10.10.12 - 8:37 AM

    Thanks for sharing the name of your upholstery shop! I got in touch with them yesterday for an estimate, which came in $150 cheaper than the estimate I received from my usual shop (Eli Wyn, which does do great work, but I’m realizing may be on the spendy side).ReplyCancel

    • Kim10.10.12 - 6:45 PM

      Marti, so happy you gave them a call! We worked with Kevin on the details – he’s the best!ReplyCancel

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