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Danish Modern Chair and Ottoman Restoration Adventure: Part One

We are in desperate need of an extra seating for our family room. Every night, three humans and five dogs fight over a space on our only sofa. Usually, only two humans and three dogs win the space. Because we share the seating space with our dogs (yes, they do have dog beds on the floor), we can’t invest big money in expensive new furniture (we don’t have the money for it anyways). With only 100 bucks to spare (left over Christmas gift cash), options are very limited.

When I saw these Danish Modern-ish (not sure if they are really made in Denmark) chair and ottoman project pieces on Craigslist for 75 bucks (I know, I know – I probably overpaid), I just had to get them. I thought I could restore and make them look like one of those vintage Danish modern chair and ottoman pieces I had always dreamed of. Plus, they will surely make one of the humans (or dogs) happy during our nightly musical chair session.

seen better days

seen better days

Upon closer inspection of the pieces at home, I realized this project was probably over my head. I thought all I needed to do was to apply some Danish oil and reupholster the cushions in more appropriate fabric. The chair was a bit more wobbly than I thought when I actually sat on it. I would probably take it apart and re-glue/tighten… Wood was cracked in some parts. Right when I realized my mistake of jumping on the project, I heard my husband say “Did you get a new-old LAWN chair and ottoman?” How depressing…

cracked and rusted!

cracked and rusted!

Danish lawn chair?

Danish lawn chair?

Danish lawn ottoman...

Danish lawn ottoman…

So I am at a point of no return – I must tackle the project and prove to my husband I didn’t drive 30 miles out of my way to pick up a lawn chair and ottoman.

webbing needs help!

webbing needs help!

seatbelt webbing?

seatbelt webbing?

To be continued…

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  1. Cheryl Larsonon 22 Mar 2016 at 10:52 am

    I just want to say how much I enjoy your website/blog. This chair/ottoman project looks like a lot of fun and I hope you are finding that it’s not as difficult as you first thought.
    Do you have more photos?
    I’m excited to see how this set turns out.
    Cheers!
    Cheryl

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