THE CHAIR IS DONE, AND I LOVE IT!
1. Staple Guns - get an electric one!
2. Custom Buttons - best left to the professionals until I learn a home made technique.
3. Foam - While re-using the original foam and adding new foam on top saved money, it resulted in some lumps. Next time, all new foam.
4. Sanding - Start with 80 grit, not 120 or you'll be there all day.
5. Staining - let the stain penetrate a few minutes before wiping, I was too eager and had to add another coat.
Designtex Vinyl $148.62
TOTAL 19.5 hours
Hopefully, this can serve as a guide to anyone else who finds one of these chairs in rough shape, please email me with questions, I'm happy to offer tips and advice!