In this before-and-after you might be underwhelmed, because I’m not a fancy decorator, but I want you to keep in mind two things.
1. There is now one less large object in my linen closet/stash/hoard.
2. I no longer feel mocked by the saggy cushion, even though it’s still very much a lived-in chair, and that’s how I like it!
So you will remember that I scored a great leather chair on Craigslist, due pretty much to the nice but spacey lady’s unwillingness to answer emails, despite giving her email as a contact. She wanted a phone call and apparently I was the only one to be inspired by the thrifting gods to call her.
It’s a high-end chair and real, full-grain leather that has a few flaws, but for the price ($300! vs. who knows how many thousands new!), I’m calling it a huge win! I love the design so much — it fits right in with my other furniture. But you know, the design issue with a down-filled cushion is the SAGGING.
BEFORE, saggy (and I mean I took this photo after doing my best to plump it up):
Yes, it’s comfy, but you’re always either trying to get it upright or ignoring it.
Mrs. Nice-But-Spacey had stuffed in some loose foam stuffing in an attempt to shore it up, and I had chucked in a small piece of foam sort of behind it… but it just sagged.
On the interwebs I read that you should buy a piece of triple-density foam, cut it the right shape, and pack it in there. And I was often making a mental note to do so or juuuust about to do so while actually standing in JoAnn’s, pondering the foam. By often I mean once or twice, including recently when I was looking for a backing for the quilt I have in process.
So I did not pull the trigger on the triple-density foam.
Well, good thing, dear reader, because I cleaned out a whole bunch of things in the linen closet (not all, no, please, my mind hasn’t been invaded by aliens) and I held an actual large piece of (not triple but still) foam in my actual hands and questioned whether or not to give or even possibly throw it away.
And then the clouds parted and the light of the Frugal Angel came upon me and I realized that I could take this single-and-maybe-more-density foam, cut it in half, cut the two pieces to size, and be the proud inserter of at-least-double-if-not-quite-triple cushion support!
So yes, this will always be a lived-in, authentic leather chair — the kind that you find in a normal household with lots of people and a dog. I’m great with that! I love it. And now the cushion sits right up rather than accusing me with a slumpy attitude.
Someday soon I will try my leather conditioner on it and see if that removes some of the imperfections, but you know me, I’m really pretty okay with it!
In order to get the two pieces in there, I had to use a clean plastic trash bag to slide the one piece behind the other. Then I slid the trash bag out.
The down insert is in front, still bestowing its comfy downy softness on the sitter. At first the whole thing was tightly stuffed, but as predicted (by me), it’s calming down now and is tight and firm yet still cozy.
Thrifted leather chair, BEFORE:
And AFTER, with foam inserted:
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