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December 9, 2010

Hejdå, Ikea Chair!

Please tell me if “Hejdå” does, in fact, mean “good-bye” in Swedish.  If it doesn’t, then darn you wikipedia.

Anyway, I found a perfect chair for the guest room.  I couldn’t find one I wanted (for the price I wanted—truth be told I found many I wanted) in the classifieds or in shops, so I posted a “want” ad with a pic of a chair I liked.  A super stylish woman replied (who gave me a tour of her home and I am green with envy).  She had a chair that met my description and hadn’t wanted to sell it, but it wasn’t being put to use.  She didn’t have the time to give it the TLC it wants (needs).  Knowing someone wanted it and would give it a loving home helped her say good-bye.  She was also jazzed it wasn’t being scooped up by a vendor—they’re like hawks here.  This is the second time I’ve had success posting a want ad, as opposed to clambering for an item already posted. 

I’m headed to my favorite upholstery fabric store to pick something out.  I’m going to pull a colour from the artwork (see below for close-up pics).  I remember a beautiful bright green houndstooth last time I was there, that I’m hoping will still be available to order.  It will take a few weeks for the fabric to come in, so you might not see this chair until the New Year, but I promise to post pictures!

Check out the "before" & "after(ish)" of this room, here, if you haven't seen it.

So long . . .

I'm going for the deconstructed look



  1. Ja, hej då is goodbye, though just hej is used a lot too (and if you're fancy, adjö). And you can say hej (it's hello too, like ciao or shalom) to that cute new chair too.

  2. Thanks David! I'm glad the term isn't some kind of expletive (that was my fear).

  3. See the updated chair with brand new upholstery here:

  4. I gotta say, that chair is almost exactly what I have been looking for! I love the high back. Any idea who the manufacturer is? Would you feel comfortable telling me a range of around how much it cost you to reupholster?

  5. Absolutely - the chair was $250.00. No markings, but it is solid teak. The upholsery was $400, plus fabric. But I did pick a pretty fancy place in my city - a very well known family business which is, I think, more expensive than others but I love supporting local and their work is fantastic. This chair needed around 2.5 yards of fabric, if I remember correctly. It was a bit of a splurge, but my DIY skills aren't at this level yet and I know I will have this chair forever. It is solid and good quality, pairs well with Hubby's grandpa's artwork and is a combo of my two favorite colours! So, in a nutshell, it was worth it. But for other items (like easy peasy kitchen chairs) I definitely go the DIY route. Feel free to ask any other Q's.

    Click here if you want to read my post about picking fabric. And definitely shop around for quotes in your city. Make sure they give you a complete detailed list of what is covered (sometimes new foam is extra).

  6. For anyone who didn't see the update, check out the chair with the new upholstery job here.

  7. Thanks again Tanya. What a great find for $250. I would suspect that something of that size would cost around what you paid to have it reupholstered. A great piece that you'll have forever!

  8. Amy, it was only a year ago but.....

    Mine came with my French & Sons, Denmark, matching couch and chair so my guess, as the wool upholstery is the same only in a different colour they'd be one company to search


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