the great chair project
July 26, 2015
After a year of watching my poor chair slide into decrepitude — I am abusive to work chairs and it was true decrepitude, I could not sit in that office chair anymore without physical pain and also had to place witty throws on the chair when guests came over to camouflage the tragedy — and contacting the company that made the chair Zuo Modern Furniture asking for a way to purchase a new chair seat over and over and over again, I gave up. Not on the chair. On the company.
There were two choices left. Buy the chair new all over again. Which I am so opposed to. Or fix the chair.
Here’s my pretty chair starting out.
I do not know how other people take on these projects, but I like to leave myself markers and directions. [BETTER directions than Ikea has ever sent me in this lifetime, BTW, God Dammit, Ikea, you need better directions!] Like, um, postits. Yay!
Right, left, these will be important details later.
Also once you have taken the poor chair apart, if you want to put it back together again, I have this thing about a post it to remind myself which end is the back. [If you have never tried to put something together and done it backwards, well you have never been working off Ikea directions or you just did not have Max Adams sassy pink post it helpers. Bummer for you.]
Tragically now that is all that is really left of my pretty chair. Ahhh!
After the arms are gone, taking that baby apart, oh nos!
It’s just you and me, Baby. Say good-bye to those legs.
Ahh, no legs! But look at the pretty canvas base!
Oops, pretty canvas base gone!
What other horrible indignities will I inflict on this chair?
Okay pretty big ones. Look at me exposing that foam.
Ah! And now wood!
Really it all came down though to needing to know how they layered that damn foam.
Also I have to sew a new leather cover.
New chair base to come.
*Also screw you Zuo Modern Furniture peeps that made me put together fifty documents and photos every time I called in wanting a new chair base and went radio silent every time. SIX. TIMES. I hate that I love your chair so much I am going to save it anyway.