DIY Chair Redo

This is one of two chairs that have been sitting in the basement for years. It belonged to Rob’s parents and they didn’t have room for it at their new place so it became ours.

I had been thinking of what I’d like to do with this particular one for a while when one day it hit me. ORANGE.

Let’s start from the beginning of the process, shall we?The seat was covered with the same, but extremely faded, fabric as the curtains in our bedroom. After I took the seat off I noticed that one of the corners wasn’t fitting quite right so I grabbed the wood glue and fixed it as best I could. Then came the sanding. I should’ve just used the electric belt sander, I would’ve gotten a smoother, more even end result.Now here’s the fun part, spray painting. I don’t know why I like it so much (it’s not the fumes, ya jerks). I primed it and painted it in the same afternoon. I actually had to go get a second can of orange.

The time between painting and upholstering the seat was about two weeks, because once again I can’t get a project done in a timely manner to save my life.

I found the seat fabric at Fabric Depot and had a 40% coupon so it only cost me about $6 for the 1/3 of a yard I got. I also got two other pieces of fabric I found in the scrap section and I’ve got some ideas for those which will hopefully come to fruition soon. While at Fabric Depot I also picked up some fancy ‘No Foam’ seat foam. I don’t know, it was all environmentally friendly and stuff, and I liked the way it felt, I think it was like $9.Cutting that foam down to size was a pain in my ass I tell ya. I almost sliced my fingers off only about 24 times. Once I had my foam cut I laid out my fabric and positioned it to where I wanted it to sit on the seat and cut. Now this next part was a pain for a few reasons. 1) All three of our staple guns were broken. 2) I couldn’t get the old staples out, they were embedded into the wood. 3) I’m afraid of staple guns and possibly shooting staples into myself (this may be irrational). I ended up buying my own staple gun that Rob is not allowed to use (even though he’s technically not allowed to use any of my tools, but I am constantly finding MY TOOLS in his workspace). I met my staple gun fear face to face and I’m happy to say I was unscathed in the end. Stapling the corners was a little tricky, and they do look a little sloppy but it’s my first time so I think it’s OK. I trimmed the excess fabric off the edges and I was done with my first upholstering project.

All that was left to do was to put the seat back on. So I did, and here’s the final product:I know orange is a very harsh color, but holy cheese and crackers I love it.

Cost Breakdown:

Chair-FREE

Fabric-$6

Foam-$9

Spray Paint-$8

Primer-Already had

Staple Gun-$10

TOTAL COST: $33

This was so close to costing less than $20, but the purchase of the staple gun (which I’ll use many, many more times) and a second can of orange spray paint is what threw me overboard.

I’m thinking that it will eventually live in the guest room with a side table that I’ll get around to fixing up soon. For now she’ll be sittin’ pretty in the living room.

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Crafty Times: Quick Table Runner

It was Sunday afternoon and Max was napping and I thought to myself You should do something with those fabric scraps.  I had some left over fabric from the bunting and Max’s quilt and I wanted to dress the table up for his party.

I gathered my scraps and started cutting.  I cut them all down to 18 inches wide and the widths varied depending on how much was available.

Then I decided how they would be laid out and pinned them.

Then I sewed!  Can you tell this is so easy a dog could do it?  I should’ve just had Diego or Rita make it.  Only issue was that I didn’t measure for using all the table leafs, so it was too short to go the whole length of the table.  So I laid it width wise (?) and it worked out!

Crafty Times: The Perfectly, Imperfect Quilt

I made a quilt! My first attempt at quilting, ever! I’ve always been interested in it but I always thought it was just way too hard to do. What did I know? I’d never even tried it.

Years ago for Christmas my mom bought me a quilting book for beginners and the fabric to make a quilt. I read the book multiple times but never actually did anything. With Max turning one I wanted to do something special for him and I decided to make a quilt.

I knew I wanted to use some of the fabric I got to use on the bunting I made for his birthday and I wanted it to be the main fabric. When I went to get more fabric I brought a swatch and worked off of that. I chose a green I used in Cameron’s pillow cases and picked a brown, a blue, and a patterned brown with colors. Now, when it comes to design I have a big problem and that is going overboard with color and patterns and a couple of the cardinal rules of quilting according to my book: I chose more than one big print and I mixed stretchy cotton and not stretchy cotton(I’m using technical terminology here). Oh well. I don’t care because I’m just pleased as punch with the end result!

I wanted to do a little something fun with the back instead of just the main fabric. So I made this up all on my own! I’m sure no one’s ever done this before…

Here are the top 5 quilt-y things I learned:

1) Don’t mix stretchy and not stretchy. I did and it bit me in the ass. there are some clearly warped parts, not too bad, but definitely noticeable.

2) Accurate cuts are very important. Duh. No explanation needed.

3) Buy a 1/4 inch quilting foot for your machine. I still haven’t but I’m definitely going to before my next project. I did put a piece of painter’s tape on my machine to mark a 1/4 inch so I would have accurate seams.

4) I hate binding. The pattern I chose had a pretty narrow binding and I think (I hope) that’s why it was so difficult.

5) Quilting is super duper crazy easy. There are a lot of steps, and I think that’s what scared me the most about it, but holy crackers you guys. If I can do it, anyone can do it.

Binding, blech.

I wanted to take it outside and hang it on the clothesline to photograph, but you know we live in Oregon so that was out of the question.

Now I need to decide whether or not I give it to Max now or on his birthday. You know, because he’ll care so much. I’ll probably give it to him on his birthday. Wrap it up nice so he can destroy it. Really it would just be for photos. Whatever, he’ll love it. I’ll tuck him with it at night and he’ll crawl on top of it to sleep. And when he’s older it’ll be the blanket he brings to the grandparent’s house to stay over, and he’ll drag it through the mud and run it over with his bicycle, and it’ll be the final piece to the most amazing fort ever built.