I love a good Craiglist deal. Yes, these came from Craigslist. They didn’t start out looking this good. They retail at IKEA for $199 each. I took a chance on the ugly ones that someone was selling on Craigslist for $35 each. The price was good and the hydraulic lifts still worked.
I brought them home and proceeded to rid them of the ugly cover (I don’t want to explain what a hack upholstery job was done on these chairs, just know that it was bad), clean them, spray them with a ton of vinegar (to rid them of a pet smell), then I left them on the porch for a week.
Step 2: Fashion a new cover. I used an old sheer curtain to mock up a new a new cover. Once I had something that came close to fitting, I made a pattern and cut the real cover out of denim
The cover is mostly machine-stitched. I had to do some handwork at the bottom front and then I stapled the fabric at the base of the chair.
I decided to forge ahead with the covering of fugly things. My lease says that I am not allowed to alter the ugly blinds in my apartment, but I am unwilling to stare at them every day. I combed the internet for solutions on how to cover them without making holes in the wall. Then I remembered that the ugly track is made of metal. Problem solved! I hung up sheers using round craft magnets. Then I carefully removed the ugly vinyl topper and covered it with fabric.