Ever since I found my knock-off Eames lounger (and paid $10 for the stool) I’ve never been fully happy with it. I mean, I like it and it’s comfortable but it’s also vinyl and a knock-off. I will most likely never own the real deal, I’m just not that fancy and having the knock-off around was a reminder of that, a small voice saying “you’re just not that fancy”.…what, your chairs don’t talk to you?
I’ve been knocking around the idea of selling it but this economy isn’t really a chair seller’s market. So I thought about recovering it. I’ve seen a lot of re-covered loungers that are really unique and turn something so-so into a totally original piece. See here, here, here, here and here for proof. The chair was free and the ottoman was $10 so I didn’t have a whole lot to lose.
I had a thrifted Guatemalan Hammock laying around that I wasn’t sure what to do with. I sized up the hammock and the chair and wouldn’t you know it, It was enough fabric to do the chair, ottoman and the buttons. So I took a few hours on Saturday and totally transformed my chair.
It was really easy, I promise, if you’ve ever changed the fabric on a dining chair you can do this. I skipped the piping because it’s just a can of worms I didn’t want to open. The buttons were pretty easy and unless you look at the back of them, which means taking apart the chair, you wouldn’t know they weren’t professionally done. The stool was missing it’s buttons but that was an easy fix. I just used some buttons I had and matched their size to the chair’s.
I went from having a run of the mill knock-off to a totally original chair and the best part is I made it.