My brother and I had plans to reupholster this puppy during his next visit - he was super handy like that. There was a fleeting moment when I considered digging into it myself, but I thought better of it and sent it to a professional. After a little research in the DFW area, I found Back Alley Furniture in Carrolton to help me with the job.
I decided to save some money on fabric by covering the chair with a gray canvas drop cloth, purchased for 30 dollars at Home Depot. It's super durable and the color and texture is awesome. I could not be happier with the results. Back Alley Furniture was AMAZING to work with and the chair was done in a week! The cost was also very reasonable.