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How to Reupholster a Chair

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    LESLIE: Now, a Money Pit first. Darby has an upholstery question.

    Darby, what is going on? Tell me about it?

    DARBY: You had mentioned if you have a chair that needs upholstering, don’t throw it away.

    LESLIE: Right.

    DARBY: And then I had to get out of the van again and I … (Leslie laughs)

    TOM: (chuckling) You missed the answer.

    DARBY: … and I don’t know the answer.

    LESLIE: Well …

    TOM: So do have a chair that needs to be upholstered?

    DARBY: Yes.

    TOM: Well, don’t throw it away.

    DARBY: I won’t.

    TOM: Alright, next question. No, only kidding. (chuckles)

    LESLIE: Well, what kind of a chair is it? Tell me about it.

    DARBY: Well, my parents bought a pair of them in the early 50s and they’re art deco. It’s a stuffed chair and it’s sort of like a seashell.

    LESLIE: So it’s completely upholstered, there’s no wood frame.

    DARBY: Yes. No. It’s completely upholstered.

    LESLIE: Well, Darby, I hate to tell you this but there’s far more to it than I could explain to you in a two-second answer.

    DARBY: OK.

    LESLIE: But you know what? I would be absolutely delighted to see a picture of it and if you send it to me at Leslie@MoneyPit.com, I’d be delighted to take a look at it and give you some step-by-step guidance.

    DARBY: OK.

    TOM: (overlapping voices) Leslie’s actually …

    LESLIE: (overlapping voices) Because that sounds like a fun chair.

    TOM: You’re actually writing a book on upholstery now.

    LESLIE: I am. It’s called Fear Not, You Can Reupholster Anything and I talk about just that; how to do all of those things and I’d be glad to give you a step-by-step instruction for your chair.

    DARBY: OK.

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