I got two parsons chairs about seven years ago at Salvation Army. The pair was only $40 and I could live with the black and tan floral fabric until I decided to do something about it. That only took seven years.
My solution was to reupholster the chairs in painters drop cloth from The Home Depot. It’s so inexpensive and has a great weight for drapes or reupholstering. I tore apart the first chair. I think I pulled out no fewer than 500 staples. I unpicked all the fabric and ironed it out so I could use it as a template to redo the chair. I’m sure there are easier ways to do it, but that is what worked for my dull brain.
Getting the inside and outside back and seat of the chair recovered was pretty straight forward. It sat unfinished in the dining room for about three months because I was afraid to tackle the next part.
The original chairs had lovely piping on them. I really wanted to keep that part because it made the chairs look more tailored and professional. Basically I wanted the chairs exactly as they were before, just in different fabric. I made the piping, but attaching it to the chair with the skirt, which was in four parts, was a daunting task.
I finally got it done, but only because my friend Jennie was visiting for Christmas and could help me. It was most definitely a two person job and a job that required someone like Jennie who is a perfectionist when it comes to attention to detail.
It turned out that I had cut and sewn the skirt panels incorrectly. We were able to use them anyway, but not to the same effect as the original chairs. I was still really happy with how the new chair turned out.
And that was a year ago.
I have been paralyzed when it comes to starting the other chair. I have actually had these two chairs together in the dining room like this since then. LAME. I just know how much work it is going to be to do the next chair and I am dreading it. Plus, I have no Jennie to help me finish the skirt and piping. But I am sick of staring at the black and tan fabric which I now hate.
My goal: to start this chair next week and finish it in the next two weeks. And I’m writing about it here so that I’m accountable. I’ve got to get it off my plate.
Does this ever happen to you?