I've kept it in my room since then. It's a little big for the room, but the high back and the long, deep seat make it a really comfortable piece of furniture.
Mom came upstairs a few days ago and told me I could get it reupholstered if I wanted to. I was pretty stunned. That costs some money, and although I'd never considered altering Grandma's chair, it's easy to see how much nicer it would look. It's currently covered with a putrid avacado green floral pattern, which has something smooth woven into it so that I tend to slide off the chair a bit. It's also unevenly faded.
I knew I wanted to do it in blue, so Dad agreed to help me refinish it, and then Mom took me up to get some fabric samples. There's two that I like, both of which suit the chair very well.
When we went to the upholstery store, the guy was out in front of the store painting something outside. I went in the door, Mom right behind me, and saw...Grandma's footstool that Dad had finished refinishing and repairing early, and had brought to the store to have it reupholstered as a Christmas gift for Mom. It was sitting right on that central table.
I turned right around and manhandled mom back into the car, yelling "we have to go, we have to go!" Mom was so confused. The upholstery guy was so confused. I closed the car door and quickly explained to the upholstery guy, who then grinned and put the stool in the back. I then got mom out of the car like nothing had happened. Priceless.
Both are slatish blues. One is a floral pattern very similar to the old fabric, which is really better for an antique chair like this. That's the one that Dad really likes.
But the one I like, naturally, is the other one. It's a deep slate blue with lighter velvet slate making a pattern of interwoven spirals. I love spirals. I also love this color and pattern, and the upholstery guy said it was nylon velvet, so it won't wear away in my lifetime (a worn-away buttprint in an antique chair is somewhat tacky). The fabric is also fuzzy and comfortable...not scratchy or slippery.
I know Dad doesn't like the pattern because he thinks it's too modern-looking, but...I really really do. I like it more every time I see it.