lounge chair update

Remember this guy?

Sorry, no after pictures in this post.

Since I posted about this nearly 2 months ago it has mostly sat untouched. But not entirely. I managed to disassemble it:

I have the wood pieces laid out in the garage. They are stripped and partially sanded, almost ready for staining.

Mom and I separated the cording from the upholstery pieces and laid them out to be cut.

We have the pieces cut for the ottoman and will make sure the vinyl we have is going to work before cutting the rest. Hopefully, now that harvest is behind us, we can dust this project off and make some more progress.

lounge chair

I pulled this relic out of our storage room the other day and gave it a good dusting off. Isn't it a gem?

Actually, it is in such rough shape that it was tucked into the back corner of the storage room and left behind and forgotten about. But I've been secretly planning to get my hands on it for years. For you design-y friends of mine, no, it is unfortunately not an authentic Eames lounge chair. It is a Plycraft copy. But even the vintage Plycraft furniture still has quite a bit of value. 

Paying someone to restore this would cost quite a bit, and could exceed the resale value of this chair. But it has sentimental value to me (it belonged to my grandparents) and it is darn comfortable, so I am going to attempt the restoration myself.

Trouble is, it needs new upholstery. 


Since I have zero experience in that department, I'm going to enlist the help of my mom. Especially when it comes to the piping around the edge. Mom has some white vinyl that she is willing to donate to the cause. Not that I have anything against the existing color, but I do think it would look sharp in white.

The wood needs to be refinished also, which will be a delicate process since the veneer is quite thin.

Wish me luck! I'm not making any promises on the time frame, but I'll keep you posted.