How hard can it be? I sit and watch HG TV constantly and they are always finding cheap chairs to paint and reupholster to fit a new design. I decided I could do that too. (now before you go rolling your eyes I have reupholstered two chairs so I have an idea of what I can and cannot do)
My plan was to find seating that was mostly wood but with a fabric seat I could take off and redo. Easy? Right? No.
I started by going into the Salvation Army Store daily in the town I work in. Always a day or sometimes hours too late. I would find chairs. Chairs that I could work with. Chairs that I liked. Those chairs? Sold.
I refused to give up. I stopped in at a used furniture place in my Town and gave up my business card with an idea of what I was looking for. I even asked my man because he is always in places like that. He agreed to look for me.
I scoured the Internet for local thrift stores and made calls to find if any had armchairs available for sale.
I looked at ALOT of chairs. Many were wing backs or overstuffed. Few would work for what I wanted. In a weak moment I looked at Target online. Where reality said to me "you are not spending $125 on a single chair!"
Finally, on a long shot. I took a 30 minute ride to another Salvation Army. It was snowy but it wasn't sticking to the roads. I thought about not going but then I decided to take a chance.
And I found this! For the bargain price of $10.99. Or at least that's what I thought the tag said. As it turns out, it was $16.99. But after searching for so long (ok, it was a week and half) I said what the heck AND your handwriting is terrible.
As you can see, blurry, my largest cat likes the chair. Now I had just the one chair and really I wanted TWO chairs. I never in a million-zillion-gabillion years would have thought that I could find a second chair in the same style. BUT, on a whim, I took the 30 minute drive on Friday and found THIS for $7.99.