6.24.2008

oh noes! itz the chairs, again

First off, thanks to everyone who commented. The general consensus is: keep the turquoise. Now, while I dig the color, the vinyl itself just icks me out.

These were office chairs, people. Who knows how many cups of coffee got spilled on these? There's all kinds of weird groadilated scudge in the crevices. (Mom, I'm not sure there's enough Bon Ami in the world.) I'd have to take all the vinyl off anyway to get everything clean, and at that point, I might as well put new fabric back on.

Plus, I want to put new foam in them. They are truly butt-numbing.

I'm still hung up on a pattern, though. How about a turquoise pattern? Some photoshopped options for your perusal follow. I've tried to get the patterns roughly to scale on the chairs, but your mileage may vary. The geometric one didn't have enough to tile, so I cloodged together a swatch. Please ignore the weird seam-looking things on that one.

Number A:


Option 2:


Have some puppies:


Pleez hep me, my friendz of teh intarwebs!

13 comments:

pagalina said...

i don't know what the rest of the house looks like so i might not pick the fabric that matches the other stuff....

liz said...

So cool that you could do that! Makes it so much easier when you can actually see how it would look. I like the third best - fabric-wise, but I'd have to give my vote to the first one. I think the shades of green and blue very nicely complement the wood - makes it look like a nicer piece of furniture than the others do.

Can't wait to see it in real life one of these days!

Raphael Della Ratta said...

Option 2.

paulbob said...

Three. Definitely three.

SantaFeKate said...

I'm going with 3. Same comments as liz, except applied to different chair (complement the wood, etc.) First one looks too Hawaii to me.

andy said...

Green option. 3 is good color but two is better pattern. Note this is exactly opposite of my wife's opinion.

As far as buttnumbing, there are other ways to pad the butt than re-doing the chairs i.e. fry bread.

Melanie said...

I like all three prints on their own merit - I really like Option A - but 3 is the way I PERSONALLY would go - the fabric looks like one out of one of Amy Butler's recent collections and I just love the color and dense pattern (plus it would hide wear and dirt the best of the three - not that there would be dirt or wear, I'm just saying...)

M & D M said...

In spite of the fact that #A reminds us of a Hawaiian shirt and bathing trunks outfit that G & G brought back from their vacation for Bram (he was probably too young to remember) - or perhaps because of it...We go for the third option. With a side of fry bread.

Bram said...

I dunno — I think that wrapping the nice new fabric around the frybread … well, it'd just get greasy.

monica said...

Mellie-Mel! it is an Amy Butler (Nigella). How is it you always know these things? ;)

dori said...

#2 seems safest (may be least likely to cause "reupholstery regret" in 10 years) but #3 is FABULOUS! You have mad photoshop skilz.

Melanie said...

Hi M&B! I've been messing with a small line of children's clothes and accessories (quilts, diaper bags, etc.) based on vintage patterns and using a lot of Amy Butler fabrics (and some recycled and felted wool from sweaters I get from the Salv) - plus I just used one of the Midwest Modern line (AB-23) to cover two of my four new dining room chairs...her stuff is awesome...plus her book Midwest Modern (and the book she wrote with her husband, Found Style) are both gorgeous and inspiring - and, if you allow them to be, slightly depressing - she is skinny, beautiful, has great hair, great style and a really cool house - hey, just like you and Bram! Wow, now I am depressed.

Going to use a bunch of her fabrics doing my new place in Florida - can't wait to see "the chairs formerly known as turquoise" in person, hopefully sometime while I'm still young enough to appreciate them.

Speaking of butt-numbing, remember those black-steel "windsor" dining room chairs I used to have? Wow, talk about uncomfortable chairs...oddly, lots of wine and food really helped with the numbness...

monica said...

Mel! that's so cool! send pix! or are they posed somewhere? Flickr? Applebees? :)