Last week I went to my favorite discount store, DownEast Clarence center! This place is a guaranteed good time! I’ve always been able to score amazing deals on slightly damaged Pottery Barn, West Elm, Red Envelope and other name brand items! Last week was no exception. I walked in and saw two chairs just tempting me to take them home! Two West Elm Tufted Chairs that were lovingly nick named the “Kitty” chairs! Apparently the previous owner had a cat who loved to use expensive furniture as a scratching post! Would you have died?? I sure would have!
Both chairs had cat scratches on the front of the arms and on the lower sides but the tufted area and seat were in perfect shape! The wheels started turning and I pictured a simple reupholster job with fun fabric and a great result! They were marked down to $59 each but the workers at this store know me well and struck a deal I could not resist! Both for $100! SWEET! Sold!
So I loaded them up and off I went with my new buy! Visions of color blocking and a new modern and fresh look danced in my head! I was so excited!
I stopped off at one fabric store on my way home but left empty handed and a slightly discouraged! Was this project going to be as cool as I originally thought?
Back at home life went on! I fell into my mom roll and clean the house, practices piano and made dinner! 6 hours later I was ready to hit up one more fabric store to see if I could make this project a success! When we got into the car I about passed out!
The smell of these two marinating chairs about knocked me over! GAG!!!!
Not only were these chairs scratched up but they were also wreaking of smoke and pet! AWESOME!!!! How cool was that! I bought a set of winners! I wasn’t overwhelmed by any odor in the store but in my smaller car the stench was front and center! It was right then in my car that I dubbed this the worst buy EVER! There was no way I was going to bring these smelly things into my house so off to DI ( thrift store) I went to drop them off!
I was so embarrassed of my buy that I just had to get rid of them before my husband found out. He likes to tease me about project FAILS and this my friends, was the BIGGEST project FAIL yet!
If I was a professional reupholster expert or had the time to air them out I’m sure they would have been a huge success but bringing chairs like this into a pet free, smoke free home just didn’t sit well with me!
So 100 bucks down the drain! SUCK!!! Lesson learned!
Moral of the story: Don’t buy crap even if it’s 90% off!
Anything like that ever happen to you? What’s the worst thing you ever spent money on?