i am having some second thoughts on reupholstering my vintage chairs.
even though the chairs themselves were only $30 a piece, one of the chairs has some damage in the caning on the arm:
in order to get this fixed, i got an estimate of $150. (i was pretty surprised at this! i thought it would be half this cost..)
the upholstery estimate per chair is $225, and they each need about 2.5 yards of fabric. i already have enough of a simple nubby neutral fabric that i really love. i paid $15 per yard. however, because i plan to paint the chairs, i would need to deliver the chairs to the upholstery shop, let them strip the chairs, pick them up, take them to the restorations specialist to get the caning fixed, bring them home to paint them, and them bring them back to be reupholstered...and then, pick them up once they are finished. that's a lot of gas and time...
my bargain chairs are slowly becoming a potential money pit:
chairs: 2 at $30e ach=$60
caning restoration: $150
upholstery: 2 at $225 each=$450
fabric: 5 at $15=$75
gas, taxes, etc: $100?
total for both chairs: $865
i could save a little bit of money, and some driving by stripping the old upholstery off myself...i'm just trying to figure out if the hassle and time is worth it.
i have had my eye on these chairs for a while...i could get two new chairs for about the same cost that rehabbing the vintage chairs would be...i would probably get these in the grey or the beige, but the orange velvet is really pretty too!
some other budget friendly options:
i love the unique look of the vintage chairs, and the frames are nice and sturdy...just starting to reconsider the money and effort that will go into fixing them.
what do you think? are the costs and hassle worth it, or would you just order new?