Well here's my first big project for 2013. I don't know how to upholster a chair. I've read lots of great tutorials in the world of blogs. I've watched YouTube videos. I DON'T KNOW HOW TO UPHOLSTER A CHAIR, but I decided to approach it with my new motto for the year. No Fear! People do it everyday. I'm a smart girl. I can do this. How hard can it be?
This is what I started with. Ugly. Fabulous bones. Cheap. And let's be honest that's what it's about. Taking something from cheap to outstanding. It's a comfortable chair. It could be lovely. It cost $43.
I sewed what seemed like million miles of welting. It always seems like a million miles when you are sewing welting. I
hate love sewing welting. Honest.
I started taking off the old fabric and thought I was smoking it. I reupholstered the sides, back and arms. Look how fabulous that welting looks! I thought WOW! this chair is going to be amazing.
After pulling a gajillion staples. After pulling ugly fabric off until I was short of breath. After trying three different staple guns to find one that sorta worked. After I made it all work and it looked so pretty. THEN like so many other things in life I discovered the error of my ways. If it seems too easy, it is. Count on that. Write it down because it is reality missy. I discovered all the upholstery in the center front of the chair is attached from the front to the outside of the frame. As in it goes from the front all the way around the frame to the back and is attached under all the lovely new upholstery I just finished. I wanted to wail, nash my teeth and weep. I did none. Oh I whined, but I didn't pitch the hissy fit I wanted to. So what's a girl to do? I ripped it all off. All of the new lovely back breaking work. Work I did with energy I really don't have to spare.
So here is where it is at now. Evil. Naked. Chair.
Here is the only thing I could save from my first start. Isn't it lovely?
So. Tomorrow I start with a naked evil chair. I'll be taking my sore, beat up, crippled hands and sewing another million miles of welting. I'm deconstructing the original cushion and using the pieces as a pattern for a new one. I'll then start putting it back together. I will get this chair reupholstered and looking like a million bucks. I will go forth with NO FEAR!
How was your weekend? Bet it was better than mine!
LOVE, LOVE, KISS, KISS!
P.S. - The Nelson is doing really great and back on the road to recovery. Praise God!