Craigslist Challenge: Mid Century Chair

It’s been such a long time since I last did a Craigslist Challenge! I had lofty ambitions to do them monthly but then…well..toddler happened. So here we are! This chair has been a really long time in the making but I’m happy to finally share the outcome with you!

For starters, as I know I’ve mentioned before, Zach is super into mid century/mid century modern anything. There’s a few pieces I don’t mind but otherwise I really haven’t been able to get into it. However, after turning his man-cave into a joint office (RIP Zach’s Man Cave), I felt bad, so when he showed up with this jalopy of a chair after work one day, I didn’t fuss one bit ;-).

Zach scored this (I believe to be teak) mid century chair for free on Craigslist! The original owner had been saving it to refinish/restore but never got around to it and had finally decided to let it go. Gold mine!

Mid Century Chair Before-After Craigslist Challenge

To be honest, the hardest part of this refurbishing project was finding the hardware and webbing that would fit into the slots. But after a bit of research, Amazon came through!

mid century chair

After sanding down the years of grime on the wood, I applied 3-4 coats of orange oil, giving it time in between to soak in. It restores the natural beauty of the wood and gives a very pleasant smell from the natural orange oils.


Now to find cushions. The chair has odd dimensions and after unsuccessfully trying to find the proper size online, I had resigned to making them. Now I don’t know the first thing about upholstering. And, due to my rambunctious 1 year old, didn’t really have the time to learn. At that point I thought the project would have to be put on hold *again* so it was a heaven send when I spotted outdoor cushions while perusing Home Depot. There, sitting in the clearance section, were replacement cushions for patio chairs. I didn’t have to look twice to know the dimensions would be perfect.


Sanded, oiled, new webbing, new cushions, and this beautiful chair is back in action!

mid century chair craigslist challenge


The most comfortable Craigslist Challenge to date 😉

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4 Responses

  1. look SO good! great job!

  2. LOVE midcentury anything, and that chair is beautiful! What a CL find!