Several years ago, I bought Dale a new recliner. His old one was horrible - it reminded me of the one Frasier's dad had - but he loved it and wouldn't get rid of it unless I got him a new one. The new one was a beauty - tufted and super large and comfy, but lately, it's been looking kind of sad. Again, he hated to part with it, so I looked into getting it reupholstered. I checked on Yelp! and found a highly rated shop, got estimates, all ready to go. I was only hesitating because they said it would be 3-4 weeks in the shop, and he hated to be without.
But I'm glad I hesitated - because I was scouting through Craigslist (can't stop myself!) and I found an identical chair for $68! A bargain, because this chair originally cost close to $1000. The upholstery on this one was in even worse shape - cat scratched (although when we went to go check it out, I can't help but wonder if they had a lion instead of a cat!) but the chair itself was in great shape. So now we have a matching pair - I used to have a pair of wingback chairs that I loved, but had to part with when we moved.
We picked out some beautiful upholstery fabric with an all-over leaf pattern that goes nicely with our new couch. And the best part of all, since the chairs were so big, they rushed to get them out of their tiny shop and were done in less than 2 weeks.
I'm thinking of painting the living room. Thinking of black. But - before I do, I need to replace that drywall back there with a wall of shelves for my books, which are still stacked in the guest bedroom in boxes.