Tuesday, September 2, 2014

DIY, How to cheaply recover chairs

You all have them, the ugly chairs that came with the table years ago. If you're like me, there are no cleaning products on the earth that can get these babies looking like new again. That wasn't acceptable to me!

This started when I repainted my table aka desk. The chairs were just down right ugly and I wanted new ones. Turns out, it's hard to find the perfect chair height and comfort level. I decided I needed extra support and some snazzy new fabric to reupholster them. MUCH cheaper option than purchasing new chairs!

I took off to Joann Fabrics and found a heavy cotton knit. Sort of between regular quilting fabric and a blue jean. I didn't purchase the fancy upholstery fabric because those are so expensive! And, honestly, who knows when I will get the itch to change the colors again, so I went with the cheaper option. I purchased two yards of the fabric, one yard for each chair.

Not only did I want to change the fabric, but I wanted more support as well. You'll need to measure the seat part of the chair to make sure you buy enough foam. I bought the 2" high density foam. Or, if the chair's cushion is still okay, you can skip this part.

Now, when you get home, gather all supplies:
Staple gun & staples
foam (if applicable)
measuring tape
screw driver

Chances are, your chair's seat is screwed in to the chair frame. Find the 4 screws, and take them out. If you want, you can pull off the old fabric, but I just left mine.

Lay out the fabric on the floor, with the good side facing down. You want the fabric at least 4" longer on each side of the seat. .

Next, put the foam in place. if you need to cut the foam, measure it exactly the same size as your seat. I made the foam wider on one chair than the other, I wasn't sure which one would be more comfortable with my back, but you should be able to have it the same size as your seat.

After the foam is centered on top of the fabric, put the seat, face down, on the foam.

Then, gently pull one side of the fabric to the top of the seat and staple to the seat.

Try not to slide this all around on the floor, but go to the opposite side of what you just stapled, and pull that to the top to staple. This is the tricky part, you want a snug pull, but you don't want to pull the fabric so hard that it squishes the foam too much. You don't want any ripples or unnatural looking bubbles in the foam when you flip it over. If you've pulled it too taught, grab a flat head screw driver and pop the staples out, try stapling the fabric with a little less pull.

Then, I folded the ends kind of like you would when wrapping a present. Pull the rest of the fabric, on that side, up and staple.

Go directly to the opposite side and do the same.

Should be looking good by this point! Make sure the fabric is taught, but not overly.

I didn't add the extra coverage fabric to mine, but if you want it to be completely finished and professional looking, add a piece of fabric that will cover the center. Just cut it out to fit over the edges and staple it to the chair seat. If it looks good, go ahead and screw the seat back on the chair frame!

And voila! You're done!

 $4.99 per foam cushion
 $5.99 per yard of fabric
Total cost- $21.96!

Plus, if you download the Joann Fabric app on your phone, you can use their current coupons for a discount! If you are a little more of a planner, they also accept Hobby Lobby and Michael's coupons as long as they're similar!

What projects are you working on now?

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Weekly Wishes, The One With The Announcement

Hey Y'all! Happy Labor Day! I'm currently working hard, trying to get caught up on the blog and orders since we had a bit of a crazy month in August. I have to say, I schedule wayyyyy too much stuff for myself! I need to remember to pace myself!

Anyway, getting back on track here. I hope you guys are enjoying the outdoors today, filled with family and friends, and having a good time! We will most likely be taking it easy today as I'm still a bit under the weather due to wearing myself out with my to-do list! I won't complain though, hopefully today will be filled with nature, maybe an ice cream cone, and plenty of Mr. and Ginny snuggles!

So, today is the day I share with you my Weekly Wishes. I'm so happy Melyssa from The Nectar Collective came up with this link up! It's a great way to list your to-do list online, and hold yourself accountable!

The Nectar Collective

Last week, (check it out here) I completed most of the items on my list. I didn't add to it because I knew I was about to hit the wall, and I was correct! This week, I'll add a couple to the list, but the best is the announcement at the end that I know you guys will L-O-V-E!

1. Schedule blog posts a week out. I had this done for vacation, and sadly, I didn't keep it up. So now, here I am, flying by the seat of my pants again. I really admire the folks who write like this! I feel so pressured and anxious about having nothing ready to go! I need to get at least a couple of days scheduled, then I'll feel better.

2. List all books and Vera Bradley on ebay.  I have tons of Vera still left from the factory sale back in the Spring. It's just not selling on Instagram, so I'm moving it to ebay! Sounds like a great idea right? Let's hope it gets out of my office soon, I'm kinda tired of lugging that bag around when I need to move it. (click here if you want to see what's still available)

3. START SCHOOL!  Yes, you read that right. I haven't even started school yet. I've been so worn out and distracted with so much to do, that there is no way I can sit and study now! Thankfully, the courses start when you want them to, so I haven't been in trouble about not starting. Hopefully next week will be quieter and I can focus.

4. Set up "Sharing Scripture" Link up!  YEAH! I shared a little about this last week here, but I really loveeee all of the hand lettering and typography I've been seeing floating around everywhere, and thought- WE NEED A LINK UP! I'm going to start it the first Thursday of every month, and see how well that works with everyone. You can link up your personal doodles, your amazing photoshop skills, or anything with scripture that you've made! It can even be items you do for sale! Amazing idea right? So, it'll be the basic rules, link only to a specific post, follow your host, moi, put the Sharing Scripture link up button on your post,  and go spread some love on the person before you! Easy Peasy! Set a reminder for you, it will be up this Thursday, 9/4 and will be open for a week.  I'm so excited to see every one's creative sides!

The Artsy Cajun
I hope everyone has a great Labor Day!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Find Beauty Friday, The One Where Buildings Disappear

Happy Friday! You've made through another week! So excited for everyone to get a break and have a great Labor Day Weekend! I expect to see lots of fun gatherings on Instagram and all of my social media outlets! Share away, my friends!

Speaking of Instagram, today I have taken over the Prayerful Bloggers Instagram account! I know, right? Who in their right mind would let me take over?!?! Just kidding, I'm a great host! So please go over and follow their account to see what a day in the life of moi really is.... I'm not holding back, you're getting unfiltered me today!

As always, I link up with the talented Aimee from This Darling Day for her Finding Beauty Friday link up!
This is where you can show off your photography skills, or just a random snap shot and get major love back! Anything you find beautiful, post it! Link up with us and gain a couple of friends in the process!

This Darling Day

Today, I want to share a photo that I took last weekend. We went to the Field Museum, and it was hot and muggy. But walking up to this gorgeous museum, the fog had rolled in and half of the Chicago skyline had disappeared! It was beautiful and a bit creepy at the same time!

Beautiful but a little eerie, right?

I hope everyone has an amazing holiday weekend! Stay safe out there!

Tell me your holiday plans! Comment below! 

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