It’s time to do something about this chair.
I found it on Craigslist last year for $50 and it’s always been my intention to reupholster it eventually. Well, eventually has finally come and this chair is driving me nuts!
Do you ever have the experience of knowing exactly how you would do something, in hypothetical land? But when it’s showtime and you actually have a wedding to plan, a house to decorate or a chair to re-uphoster, you’re paralyzed with fear and indecision? That’s me, right now. I really like a good statement chair, in theory… like these:
And speaking of trendy, the ubiquitous moroccan print:
Part of me wants a trendy, fun statement chair. But then there’s the conservative, traditional (boring?) side of me that is always telling me to tone it down and play it safe. It’s that safe side of me that can’t resist a traditional stripe:
And then, of course, there’s the headache of picking the perfect color! My living room isn’t perfectly color coordinated, because I don’t have the money to pull that off. I have a neutral off-white couch with blue and red-ish pillows and I have silvery-blue curtains. And the wood! I have a chipping old, ugly, hand-me-down side table and a spray-painted black coffee table that I’ve covered with cushions and pushed in the corner for more seating. The wood legs and arms of the chair are pretty rough and Dave is itching to spray paint them, but what color? Is black to harsh? Is white too fruity?
And the rug! On the one hand, I love my living room rug because it was given to us by Rose and it’s classy and traditional. But it really doesn’t go with anything. I’m afraid once we finish the chair, the rug is going to really stick out in a bad way and we can’t afford/can’t justify the purchase of a new rug. We rent this place, and I don’t know how long we’re going to be here, so I don’t want to sink money into the decor when we might move next year and the new rug we bought just to fit this place doesn’t fit in the hypothetical new place. (Hey, I can dream, can’t I???)
So, what do you think McSisters and McReaders? Should I go trendy or stay traditional? Any color suggestions? What to do with the rug? Has anyone been through this before and has tips for how to rock the process?