A while ago, I had something of an emotional experience when I bought my dining room table and its 6 chairs. The table and the chairs are an awesome mid-century set. But, the whole set needs some work put in before it will look as nice as it can.
A big part of this is recovering the chair seats--
|vintage dirt on that seat|
--which people do all the time. I bet someone's doing it right now. Somewhere, a novice do-it-yourselfer is recovering chairs like this. Or an expert is explaining it. Because it's easy! All you do is get some fabric, some glue, and a staple gun and you're good, right?
|ohhh. oh no.|
--oh. Um. Whoops! I bought foam cushion material that was 2" high because I thought oh, that'll be so nice to sit on, so comfortable! Which it is, but it also obstructs the lines of the chair. And 2"(it turns out) is a lot of cushion-- when I sit on this, my feet barely touch the floor. Also, I really liked this fabric in the store, and I even bought a coordinating fabric to make pillows for the chairs. Because I thought--pillows! How cute would that be, to have little dining chair pillows! Upon reflection though, I believe this is what's technically known as as 'biting off more than you can chew.'
Back to the drawing board with the fabric and the seat padding. It's a work in progress.