Friday

Me and Buddy Lee (Buddy Lee and I*)

 In case you don't who Buddy Lee is... The Buddy Lee Story
 

 This is what the office looks like now.  We got rid of the long dresser (put it in the garage), and put our $10 Knoll chair in the corner with some vintage wool blankets on it.  I didn't get a new camera, but I did buy an iPhone, so I can at least take new pictures for the blog.  More to come...

Thursday

Knock it off

So here it is, my knock off Eames chair. I must say, it turned out nice and this is one of the better reproductions that was made.  
 I got a few quotes to re upholster the chair, but the cost to do it in vinyl hovered around $400, and in vinyl $700+.  Because it's fake, I figured why spend the money so I took a chance and decided to dye it. The chair was already leather, and the light color took the dye quite well.
It took me a couple of hours to take it apart, dye it, and get it back together and the result is a close match, in leather, and a nice vintage "lived in look".

For those that are thinking about doing the same thing to any leather chair, some concerns I had were:

- It would look blotchy.
- The dye will rub off.
- It would cause a huge mess.
- The leather would become hard, and uncomfortable.

In fact:

- If you use a well soaked rag with dye on it, it goes on perfectly even.
- The dye penetrates well, and even without the sealer doesnt appear to come off.
- The mess was well litigated by wearing gloves, and doing it in the garage.  I also had the entire chair apart so as not to get dye on the wood shell.  The small amount that I did get on my skin washed off with soap and water.
- The dye seems to condition the leather so it is now softer.  It also makes the few cracks in the leather look somewhat natural.

Lastly, is cost.  The chair itself was $75.  I spent $6 on these supplies.  I used paper towels to apply the dye and used the dauber to do the edges.  After letting it dry, which takes about an hour, I applied the finish.