I found this beast at a thrift store for only $9. I've been wanting to replace my huge, couches for a long time with one smaller couch and some armchairs. Although ugly, this one had a nice sturdy frame. My friend Catherine does upholstery and I've heard her, on more than one occassion, talk about how horrifying it is to have to replace the springs on a chair. Springs are what gives a chair it's bounce and allows for the sink-into-it vs. hold-you-up factor. This chair had excellent springs. So I snatched it up.
First I took off the old upholstery and found an even uglier layer underneath:
While I hated the old upholstery, I think my pochka finds it quite lovely.
I haven't upholstered in a while so I was a bit irked to find out that my local JoAnn's will no longer cut foam to order. If your fabric store is just as paranoid about a lawsuit, you can cut it like I did using a drywall knife. I also used "high density" foam. It costs more, but it's so much more durable and I think you can tell the difference when you sit on it.
Both the back and seat cushions are removable with a wood frame underneath. Didn't think to take a picture of that, but the point is, I needed to make the cushions fitted so I started with the sides by making a strip, slitting down the center and sewing a zipper onto it. Then I attached the side strip to the front and back.
I also painted the entire frame of the chair white. And this is how a chair went from appalling to appealing: