Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Eames Update

First, let me apologize to anyone anticipating finished shots of the Eames chair ... it isn't there yet. I appreciate you sticking with me!

This weekend got a little sidetracked because David had to finish some work from his day job and I had a 24 hour bug. So project time was confined to only Sunday afternoon.


Here's a little chair update.

The quote came back from the upholster specializing in Eames restoration as I expected, high. Spending over $700 is not an option, especially combined with the price of the chairs plus shipping would be nearing $1,000. Yikes!

After a visit to an upholstery supply shop and speaking with an associate there, I realized that not replacing the foam was not a good option. At the shop I found, a high density 1" foam, trim to clamp the fabric onto the shell, and adhesive to attach the foam and fabric. Total cost would be around $75, a lot better than $700, but more than I was anticipating.

I used a plastic kitchen scrapper to remove most of the foam. Yes, even though it only took about 45 minutes, my hand is still cramped! Now I have the left over adhesive to remove.  

At this point, believe it or not, I started thinking about how great it would look, all white with a sheepskin pillow for the bottom and the aluminum base. 

Kinda like this. Except it would be a cushion on the bottom, but same feel.

amber interior design

via modern jane design

After doing some research, to remove the rest of the foam and adhesive, I think the easiest way would be with an orbital sander. This part does scare me a little bit ...

Based on time, cost and look, I'm leaning towards leaving the upholstery off and replacing it with a bottom cushion. In any event, it will be done soon! 

Thanks again for bearing with me!


  1. Good things come to those who wait, right? Sometimes DIY means it takes a little longer but you will be proud of the end result even more so. :)

  2. I'm nursing a sore hand/wrist from my latest project, too :) The perils of DIY! Great problem solving...this obviously isn't what you started out thinking but I'm sure it will be great, and worth all the stress and effort, when those gorgeous chairs are done!


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