Thursday, November 8, 2012

More Decor Lessons Learned.... At A Cost


Mr. Snooty's grandmother left us two wonderful club chairs from the 1920's but they had certainly seen better days. So, I sent the chair (the icky green chair that was in the worst condition) to the upholstery guy. He said that if I brought my own fabric, he'd only charge $69.00 per yard to re-cover my chair. Okay. Good. So, I took him 9 yards of the fabric I'd chosen (which cost me approximately $130.00).



Several weeks went by and I heard nothing from him. Hmmm... I began to worry. Just as I was about to call him, he called me to tell me the chair was indeed ready. I was overjoyed until I asked him what I owed him. I was thinking around $650.00, at the tops. I was so wrong.


The upholstery guy then informed me that it would be $1,163.00. Apparently, he rebuilt the entire chair, which I'm certain I never discussed with him. However, I was stuck with paying the price, if I wanted my chair back. The chair had broken springs underneath, a broken arm (which needed replacing) and needed new cushions for the seat and the seat-back as well. Ka-Ching!



So, after getting over the initial shock, we forked over the money, with reluctance. However, once they delivered the chair, we were totally thrilled with it. Although, for that price, I could have gotten a really amazing new chair, but I won't split hairs over this. I won't think about regrets, but I will think about learning to reupholster furniture on my own. I'm hoping there is a class for this somewhere....



For some reason, my camera refuses to allow a good picture of this chair, but it looks totally wonderful in person. I think.


Anyway, let my faux pas guide you down this road. Always ASK, before having any piece re-upholstered, if there are any anticipated problems or extra expenses. That said, if I have to keep living in this house, then it's going to be the way I want it to be, and I'm still light years away from that point... 

5 comments:

imbeingheldhostage said...

OH MY Goodness... I'd be afraid to sit on it!! I have a friend here who does upholstery and we have a sofa and chair in his garage waiting for his schedule to free up a little-- I'd better make sure I tell him that I do NOT want any rebuilding done in their behalf :)

Mental P Mama said...

I hate to tell you this, but That was a good deal! It looks wonderful!

The Incredible Woody said...

I would love to have my sofas redone but holy cow! They would cost a fortune!! I guess I'm stuck with blue sofas until they die because the Vol Fan isn't one for replacing things that aren't dead...

Bodaciousboomer said...

Is he cute. Maybe you coulda traded him.

Roan said...

That is a lot of money! Whew! However, you instead of tossing them out, you still have granny's chairs. I think they are turned out great.

Haven't been on here much, but last night heard about the train accident in Midland. Of course, I have the need to make sure you were not out riding on a float. Very sad.

 

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