I love this chair: deep, wide, and physically accommodating. It had great bones, and before I grab anything, I always check the bones! If it is structurally sound, the upcycle is almost always worth it. It sat in this condition with tufted cushions and strange velvet and carpeted back for two more years before I started making my changes. Despite its bones, it is a little too much for me. With the dirty and hard to clean upholstery, torn apart cane arms, and tufting that's just not my style, I've started pulling it apart piece by piece: Almost nothing will be thrown to the trash.
The fabric will be reused for pillows along with the tufting buttons, the cushion material will continue to be used after adding a bit of extra fluff, and the structure will remain the same. I'm adding a few little things: the finish is beaten and battered, the cane has been removed and thrown out already, and most of the fabric is off. I've added a layer of new cushioning under the new upholstery, but overall, I doubt I"m spending more than $50: which could easily go toward just the fabric.
Some of my scavenges were much easier than this chair. One of the greats is my bed: it belonged to my former roommate who purchased it when she moved into the bedroom where I now reside. She probably only used it for a total of 30 nights before deciding to move out. I love it. It is the most comfortable bed I've ever had, and despite that she snapped the boxspring to get it down the stairs (which is held together by an extra also-upcycled bedframe), it is perfect. I haven't had to move it anywhere, and it was practically brand new. I also inherited a desk and the chair I'm trying to match. The desk is very wobbly with broken drawers, and will give me another project. And as I mentioned last week, that desk chair is getting reupholstered as soon as I have a match and fabric.