Tagged: do it yourself


I found this poor chair at the Allemany Flea Market for $15 with moldy cushions and painted lemon yellow. I rescued her, and put in some serious love. Here are some of things I learned about stripping, sanding and upholstery:

1. Don’t waste your time stripping. The idea of stripping is for dreamers. It doesn’t actually work. Instead of wasting your time, money and lungs breathing in these nasty chemicals. Skip it, and buy yourself a nice sander instead. I tried to use it and wound up using it multiple times and still nothing peeled.

2. A dremel was my best friend.

3. Don’t chince on the upholstery. I got mine custom done at Therapy on Valencia Street. For $150 I got to pick fabric and customize it to fit my chair. I added buttons for a little flare.

Some other mid century plank chairs I love: