side of the road find

You get what you pay for

Sooo, a little while a go I mentioned this chair that I just-so-happened to have picked up from the side of the road. If this doesn’t sound familiar, catch up with the previous post. Okay, so yes, I have of course procrastinated on the project, but that’s beside the point. The point is, I got waaaay more than I paid for… and considering I paid nothing but the man power it took my husband to lift the chair into the jeep, the standards are low.

I began as any beginner – ripping away what I could as gingerly as possible in the hopes of retaining the fabric and using it as patterns for the new fabric. Well, here’s the first thing I saw:

I was appalled. I mean, I knew this wasn’t the cleanest chair in the world. I anticipated having no problems removing all bits from this chair and then resurrecting it as the fashionably adorable chair I knew it could be. Alas….

The enormous amount of junk and odor and suspicious bits of insects within the chair was giving me the creeps. I don’t believe I’ve yet mentioned this… but I hate bugs. I’ve gotten better at handling myself if I find a bug near me… better… but by no means tolerant of the things.

So I took the dust-buster to it until there wasn’t a speck in sight, sprayed it with an array of chemicals and then shoved it into a corner in the hopes that I could tackle it again later.

Later –

I managed to mangle the chair further and inspect it more thoroughly…

Can you see that? THAT is a mixture of mold and bug droppings. DISGUSTING!!!

After dancing around a bit, shaking my hands furiously and doing something that can only be described as a hokey-pokey seizure, I bagged up anything that once belonged to the chair, threw what I could away and have left the chair remains in the backyard  for my husband to do away with.

I will now be disinfecting my house.

Just in case.

5 thoughts on “You get what you pay for

  1. Being the hubs, I would have paid good money to see the “hokey-pokey seizure.”. Also, I wpuld like to challenge the statement of you handling the site of bugs better.

    1. Thanks Emily! Yeah, humor is pretty easy to find when attempting to give life to run-down things…. especially since we’re amateurs to the extreme. ;o)

  2. Ewww…I hope my chair doesn’t have that mess in it. Now I am scared!! Plus it is sitting in my bedroom!

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