I found a sturdy vintage Drexel chair on the curb on trash day and carried it on my mile walk home because despite it's water damage, filth, torn upholstery and chipped wood (did I mention filth?) I thought it had a lovely silhouette.


I did some sanding, priming, and painting on many coats of chartreuse. I put comfy new foam on the seat and wrapped the back in cotton.


The grey wool was also destined to be trash. It was scrap from a big project my boss was working on.


Simplicity isn't my thing so I embellished the wool by embroidering many pale blue french knots in a barnacle-like pattern.


The whole project cost less than $15 but it took me the length of the entire first season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

  • Linda Silva Palleschi 5y

    it is amazing!!!! congratulations on a beautiful job!!!!!
  • Justin Snow 5y

    Thanks so much Linda! I'm pretty proud of it. It is the first time I've painted furniture without taking crappy shortcuts and it seems to be worth it.
  • papermenagerie 5y

    Wow! Amazing redo and such great "bones"--- so glad you saved it!
  • Megan 5y

  • Liz Smith 5y

    You did it!! So satisfying :)
  • aimee 5y

    it's terrific!
  • Jessi 5y

    looks awesome!
  • Chelsea 5y

    Great job! Color choices are spot on! I'm watching Alfred Hitchcock Presents while I work on my chair :)
  • Justin Snow 5y

    Thanks everyone! :)

    Woah! This chair is one of the 10 finalists in the redesign contest! Yessssss.
    Now the winningest winner is chosen by popular online vote. I would be so happy if you would take a couple minutes to go to the Ready Aim Redesign website, head to the vote page and vote for #6! I'm watching the votes roll in.
    Thank you thank you!
  • Jessi 5y

    niiice, i voted! the last entry i almost liked the before and not the after.
  • Justin Snow 5y

    Thank you Jessica! I actually notice that phenomenon quite a bit in upholstery. I've been forced to rip beautiful antique fabric off and replace with ghastly microfiber before. Just goes to show how different people's tastes can be.
  • dawn250 5y

    Congratulations to you as well! Your chair is my favorite entry. I love the green and gray, and totally admire the time spent hand sewing all those french knots - that's a lot of work! It's a beautiful chair, and an awesome redesign!
  • Idil Ciise 5y

    that's amazing! I'm totally inspired.
  • Jordyn Bonds 4y

    This is totally inspiring! Nice work!
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