Just a Nip and a Tuck: Furniture Facelift

  • Project Cost: $960.00
  • Funded to Date: $75
  • Teacher Name: Sarah Gugliotta / Cindy Mueller
  • School: Central High School
  • Grade Level: 6-12 / Library
  • Description:

    The purpose of this project is to reupholster some crucial library furniture, thereby ensuring many more years of use. Our school was built in 1893, and last spring we celebrated the 150th anniversary of our first graduating class. Central was voted the most beautiful high school in Missouri by Architectural Digest magazine, and we like to think our library played a part in this decision. We take a great deal of pride in preserving historical features of our school. The library furniture we are updating has been in use for several decades, and we wish to get even more use from it. We do not want to replace this furniture. Instead we plan to revitalize it with help from a local upholstery business. We believe a “furniture facelift” is just what our high-use library needs.

  • Planned Use for Funds: We will deliver the three pieces of furniture to a local business for the upholstery work. The turnaround time should be two weeks.
  • Need Represented: We have a beautiful library full of solid oak wood tables and chairs that were built by the now defunct Texwood Furniture Corporation. This sturdy furniture is well-built and designed to last. We have no desire to replace it. However, after a couple of decades, the cushioned and upholstered seating is showing some wear, including tears, stains, and lessened support. We have selected a commercial grade vinyl in a solid cover to replace the current fabric. The vinyl will be stain free and easy to keep pristine. We eventually wish to recover 4 chairs, 2 loveseats, 4 benches, and 35 stools. This project allows us to begin the process by refurbishing the 3 pieces with the most need. We believe upgrading the quality hardwood furniture that we already have is much more cost effective than trying to replace it with inferior modern furniture that may not have comparable longevity.
  • Academic Impact: Our library media center is a high use area. We want our library space to continue to be safe, clean, comfortable, and inviting. Individual students and classes occupy the tables and chairs throughout the day. Students use the resources and space both before and after school. This project helps us maintain an inviting atmosphere for students to use when they read, research, collaborate, and complete academic projects of all kinds.
  • Student Population: Central High School serves over 1700 students in grades 6-12.

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