I’m all about saving money when it comes to decorating, so you can imagine my joy when I found these babies on Craigslist for only $100!
That might still sound like a lot but let me break it down for you:
Brand new, a similar style would cost almost $130…on sale…for a set of two! I don’t know about you but I need four chairs and $260 is way out of my price range for butt ploppers. Even if I did want to shell out that much cash, the white cushions just weren’t doing it for me. I need color and lots of it. That’s why I turned my attention to Craigslist and started looking up how to reupholster a seat cushion.
Just like flea markets and thrift stores, Craigslist is basically a crap shoot – you’re going to run across some u-g-l-y stuff. BUT, if you’re patient, you’ll probably find what you’re looking for, or at least something you can paint/polish/live with.
Here are a few tips for using Craigslist:
- Expand your search to the surrounding cities (my default listings show all of DC, rather than the more-specific NoVa)
- Increase your max dollars because…
- Most people are willing to negotiate the price if you…
- Offer to pay in cash and pick up immediately
I spent about two weeks hunting for chairs. I was more concerned with the shape of the chair, both the design and the sturdiness. If they weren’t espresso brown, I would paint them. If they had nicks or scratches, I would color them in with a marker. Luckily, I managed to find a set of four chairs that were perfect for my reupholstering project. R came with me to pick them up so he could help me carry them and to keep me safe – you can never be too careful when meeting up with strangers!
Armed with a screwdriver, a pair of pliers, a staple gun (and extra staples), and colorful fabric from G Street Fabrics, I was ready to get to work! Oh, I should mention how much fabric I got. For these bad boys, 1 1/2 yards would do the trick. The chairs are approximately 18×16″ and, since this was my first upholstery job, I wanted to make sure I had plenty to work with. This fabric was $45, at $29.99/yd.
- Cost for 4 new chairs and custom reupholstering: well over $300
- What I paid: $150
I’m happy to report that I didn’t staple my finger once and my only injury was a small blister on my thumb from holding and squeezing the staple gun over and over and…well, over again.
Check back later today for a mostly finished look at our dining area. I’ll give you a hint…we painted the table. Ok, that was more than a hint but come back anyway!