Time to wing it

People, I am proud to say that I've found an AWESOME deal.  I happened to be browsing on kijiji for yes, another chair.  And I came across a wingback chair that was selling for - get this - 80 dollars.  Let me repeat - 80 dollars.  To put this in perspective, new wingback chairs in a nice fabric usually cost over 1000 buckeroos.  I went this morning to check it out, and it took about 5 seconds to see that it was in great condition and just needs to be reupholstered.  So I offered to buy it for $70 and the deal was done. I could dish out the cash and have it reupholstered professionally, but what would be the fun in that??  If I do it myself, I'm sure to make a few mistakes but at least I'll learn a new skill.  This chair is definitely going to be more challenging than covering a seat cushion.

So, without further ado, here she is - my next DIY project:

Wingback Chair - Before the DIY

My goal is to transform it into something like any of these:

Candice Olson

French Upholstered Wing Chair, by Restoration Hardware

Restoration Hardware

Wingback Chair, via decorpad

via decorpad

Next step: read up on complex upholstery projects and start thinking about fabric.  I will most likely stick with a neutral color, use a nailhead trim, replace the legs, and then inject color + pattern with a decorative pillow.