Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The look for less.



The chair on the left? The famous Oly "Hannah" chair. And, like, $1,100.

The chair on the right? Craigslist, $60, and all mine. I can't wait to get it reupholstered in some yummy fabric.

23 comments:

Petunia Face said...

Sweet deal--congratulations!

Anonymous said...

You think you're going to lacquer the wood white? It sure looks nice on the Oly chair.

decorno said...

I think so. White seems right on this one, at least for the wood.

I am worried that when all is said and done, it would have been less expensive to buy the Oly chair.

dagney said...

check out the mon june 16 post on morewasytowaste time http://morewaystowastetime.blogspot.com/2008/06/cool-stuff-metro.html

fun options to play with the chair karma seems to be in your back yard

dagney said...

i think you would like marimekko too

Sarah's Fab Day said...

Oooh I can't wait to see it too.

Anonymous said...

I'd think you could get the lacquering and the reupholstering done for way under $1,100. A good upholsterer may be able to do both for you and give you a good price.

You going for the nail trim? ;-)

decorno said...

Hmm... I might do the nailhead trim. But I will leave it to the pros based on what you told me earlier... imperfection would drive me nuts. (Which means I definitely can't be the one to do it...)

Jules said...

How do you find deals like this? In my craigslist region that thing wouldn't go for less than $300.

Anonymous said...

vintage chair on craigslist: $60
sandpaper to get old paint off: $15
new paint and supplies: $100
upholstery: $300
upholsterer (including new cushion and labor to upholster): $450
pick-up/delivery to/from upholstery shop: $120
total: $1045

oly hannah chair: $1100

not trying to save yourself $ by "doing it yourslef": priceless

Anonymous said...

Upholstering a chair is not going to cost $750.

Decorno said...

Jules - for me the key is trolling through tons and tons of ads. Or maybe people here just don't price things right. At any rate, I sift through a lot of crap to try to find some winners.

Anonymous said...

Great find! Do a China Seas splashy pattern and a seat cushion with a FAT crown. Would be fab!

Design Junkie said...

Great find. If you paint the chair yourself, don't omit priming...go to benjamin moore and get a good quailty one, like xim which will stick to anything, including formica. And here is a good source for inexpensive decorating fabric: www.fabricresource.com. The photos aren't great, but you can order swatches. They have an actual store here in New Orleans, and the fabric is very good quality, and most fabrics are $10-$20/yard. Good luck.

An Aesthete's Lament said...

I hate you. I love you. I hate you. I love you.

LondonCalling said...

Just had a chair done only $80 in labor with nailhead trim. But to get a price like that you have to be willing to go to a not so "shiny" workshop. He still did an exellent job and needed the work.

Kwana said...

Standing up and cheering for you right now. Congrats!

les reveurs yeux said...

Great score! I actually recovered a beautiful set of chairs and it wasn't too complicated. You need a few tools and patience, but it can be done. I found the tools at Henry Zaren in NY, and the fabric from ABC Carpet...amazing selection and huge price range.

Anonymous said...

I had a recent fortuitous find at the local Salvation Army. Old, not period, Louis XVI arm chair. I want to paint it that swedish/grayish/whie color. Any ideas what kind of paint and in what color? I was thinking milk paint, but not sure.

CoutureCarrie said...

Great find! It looks like this Chair Couture one that I've been lusting after!

Aaron said...

If you like that....check this out...http://thedistrictdesign.com/
look at the "Santorini" fan chair...

couchseattle.com said...

dearest decorno,
i've also obsessively trolled the ads on craigs and seen wing chairs and bergeres that were a damask fabric and a paint job away from roche bobois greatness. where do you plan on going to upholster this. how much will it cost, realistically? do you really more than a hundo or so over going new?

couchseattle.com said...

hey everyone--
just got off the phone with s&s upholstery on lake city way. Wing chairs and bergeres are $625. Plus fabric. and 7 yards or so of any fabric you actually want is going to be $20 a yard. Plus foam if you want to renew it and you probably will. And let's not forget the time it would take to paint the legs. All in you're looking at dropping $700 at the upholsterer plus $150 fabric, plus $60 for the chair. So you're already at $900 plus. then the hassle of buying this and then going to the home depot to buy supplies to refinish the legs and then refinishing the legs and then taking it to the upholsterer and then picking it up from the upholsterer and then wondering why it didn't come out as nice as the renewed chairs from metrosofa at revival home in georgetown. Just doesn't seem worth it to me unless you've got an inside line on an upholsterer.