Chair update - good news and bad news.

Remember these beauties?

The double-welt cord I sewed turned out well enough for one of the chairs...

But my sewing skills (as mentioned  last week) are subpar, and the welting for the second chair was crazy wonky, sloppy, and to make matters worse, spilling glue out the edges (since it wasn't an even width). I'm blaming the tension on my machine for crapping out halfway through the job. Immediately after finishing the chairs, I knew I'd have to remove the bad welting and replace it. This time I used store-bought trim, since my sewing machine and I are no longer on speaking terms.

I finally found affordable trim that matched perfectly. In fact, it was so affordable, I wish I had enough velvet left to redo the backs of both chairs so they would still match. Alas, only one patch job was possible - since the welting was glued on to cover the staples, the whole front side of the chair's back had to be replaced. I could have avoided that part of the mess by using nails to attach the welting, but that's another story.

Here's the new trim on chair #2 and she's feeling fancy.

(ignore the dust & jute threads after the seat spent the morning on the floor)


And now I have some good news and some bad news.

The bad news is that I've accepted that we don't have space for these chairs in our apartment. I bought them before we moved in and without taking measurements, and there just isn't a good spot for them. I do love them so I am bummed!

The good news is that if you're in the Seattle area, you can buy one or both or the chairs for your own place! Since they are mismatched (just the trim, and it's barely noticeable unless they're side by side) I'm selling them separately for $150 each. Or if you want to buy both, $275. Email me at maggie AT if you're interested. You'll need to pick 'em up, but they fit in a sedan with some wiggling.

Anyone have to redo a DIY and then STILL have to let the project go to Craigslist or Goodwill? Hopefully we can find a loving new home for these two!