Potential Public DIY Failure - Part 1

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned in passing and shared a photo that I'd gotten my hands on chair ripe for re-do.  I'm slowly but surely making some progress on it (while simultanously convincing myself that I've set myself up for failure...a public failure, now).

Here's what I started with.  A beauty, huh?  I mean, the lines are there, right?
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I removed the slipcover job. 
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My goal from here was to carefully remove the upholstery job, save it, and use it as a pattern for my new fabric.  Um, yeah, that didn't happen for a few reasons.  First, the fabric was so utterly disgusting.  This thing has been sitting in the basement of what is essentially a post-college frat house for the last  4 years or so.  Gross, gross, gross.  And second, I couldn't actually get the whole chair apart because parts of the frame (which are around other fabric-covered pieces of the chair) are glued together.  This means that saving it wouldn't even entirely work as a one-for-one on the pattern front.  So I've decided to revisit how this thing's going to get reupholstered altogether.
I took zero pictures of the destruction of the chair (minus a few close-ups), but it was full of dry-rotted foam, stuffing, crumbling cardboard panels, and what I can only assume were millions of staples.  This is what I've ended up with.
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I have ideas about how to get this thing back together...ideas that keep me up at night (type A much?)...ideas that led me to buy like $100 of specialty upholstery supplies (will this be worth it?).  While I wait for these supplies , I've roughed out a pattern with some muslin.
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I sort of refuse to fail at this project even though I admittedly have nowhere to put this chair in our home (a small detail that Michael won't let me forget).  I may try to recruit some DC friend to babysit this guy (or my other recovered chair) until we move back to TN in the next 5 years (which is the timeframe I've been saying for the last 7 years). Anyway, my aversion to failure on this one is mostly driven by the fact that I bought fabric for this project months ago.  Can you guess which one???
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  1. my guess is flowers. but my vote is the blue/white at top/center.

  2. so many things to say!
    1. that chair has so much potential! but it looks scary.
    2. you can do it! don't give up. (see #1)
    3. i also have no good place for my reupholstered loveseat. especially if we ever have a kid. sean reminds me of this all the time.
    4. ikat! (although i remember most ikats were really expensive so maybe not)
    5. good luck!!

    1. You reupholstered a freakin' sofa and you're telling me this looks scary?! That does not instill confidence.

  3. Nothing some foam and spray adhesive can't help. I just made a slipcover for my (odd-shaped) couch without a pattern at all! You got it.

  4. Okay sooo this is going to be amazing. I hope you chose the Ikat! haha Although any would look great. LOVE your blog!

    1. Thanks! Fingers crossed it looks amazing.

  5. I hope its the teal and yellow peacock looking fabric!! And goodness, kudos to you. I have never tried such a thing.


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