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Goodwill Finds – sling chair!

April 1, 2015

Today I swung by a couple local stores – the Habitat for Humanity Restore and the two Goodwill stores by me. My friend had told me there were some awesome mid-century lights at the restore, which unfortunately were gone when I got there. Sad day.

I was tired and crabby after I didn’t find anything at the habitat store, but something told me there was going to be good stuff at Goodwill, so I went anyway.

I found the most amazing – currently hideous – chair to re-do.  Yes, I am serious. Second photo shows the chair without the disgusting cushion (already better.)

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What do I look for in a chair?

– nice lines – aka the shape of the chair

– is it sturdy, so people can actually sit on it? Or can it be easily made sturdy by tightening screws, etc?

– is any fabric that needs replacing going to take a lot of upholstery work and/or sewing? **upholstery is a serious job, and I don’t do much of it myself, unless it simply involves a staple gun

Frame color and fabric can change, so try to just look at the form in front of you. Wood can be sanded, stained and refinished or painted a totally different color. Metal can be easily spray painted or polished.

So…what the heck is my plan for this chair?

PINTEREST is my best friend when it comes to finding inspiration, along with the interior design books scattered around my house. Here are just a few ideas I found after 2 minutes of searching. Obviously my chair is different, but by ideas I mean I’d use the same color/fabric.






I seriously cannot decide right now, so I’m off to the fabric store to be inspired (hopefully) by the fabric I find.

More to come!



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