Our local "technical" college is offering a Life-long learning class in reupholstering this fall ($98 for the class?). I mentioned to Dh about taking it and he said "no. You have enough projects - I can just see you crocheting/knitting, reading books, surfing the internet, "watching" television, and tearing apart the furniture all at the same time!" I'm hoping to convince him to go to the class.
Before we were married, his mother took me to a wonderful place that sold used furniture, but the guy was picky about what he'd accept. I picked up a couple of Ethan Allen wing-back chairs that I liked but I didn't care for the colors. She said I could always have them recovered. Fast forward, 15+ years. Those stupid chairs still haven't been recovered (other priorities always take over), but now I like the colors. Well, sort of. They're faded, need a serious cleaning, and the chairs need new cushions. But they're good quality, so even though it's expensive, it would still be cheaper to have them recovered than to try and buy anything new (and of comparible quality).
I'm hoping maybe we can save a bit and try to reupholster them ourselves. And once we do one, there is at least one other chair, possibly more in our house that could use the same treatment.