Sunday, July 29, 2012

X Bench Transformation - Before & After

Well, I had a good weekend.  

I love it when I complete a project!

I was able to tackle the reupholstery of the X bench that I purchased from Target.

Here it is before:

And here it is after:

Fabric:  Katie Ridder 'Pagoda' in Saffron


Sunday, July 22, 2012

How to re-upholster a chair

Hi Peeps!

I wanted to give you a little peek into how I reupholstered these chairs:



It's like taking apart a puzzle and then putting it back together again.
So I documented the removal of all the fabric pieces, starting with the removal of the last piece that I could determine was put on the chair.

Removing the outside back:

Notice welting was placed before the outside back was attached last

A layer of burlap and batting was placed here prior to finish
and the front  inside back was pleated prior to stapling to accomodate the round finish

Removal of the outside back under the arms.
 I noted that the inside arm was upholstered before the outside. 

Finally I noted that the inside seat was really the first piece of fabric placed on this chair to start the upholstery process and stapled to the underside of the back of the chair

And before removing that last piece of fabric I photographed the pleated edges on the front

(gimp edge finished has been removed already)

The chair was in great condition with a muslin cover that I chose not to remove, but I added a layer of cotton to the seat.

My brother stripped the finish and created a distressed look on the wood.

Very Important:  Use the fabric pieces that have been removed as patterns for cutting the new fabric!

After cutting the seat fabric with several inches extra on each side, I laid it on the seat and using a Y cut as illustrated here,

I pulled and stapled the fabric into place:

Next came the inside arms which were stapled around the edges and sewn into the back of the chair to secure before I put the inside back in place

(edges next to the wood were trimmed off with a razor edge)

I made welting cord and sewed it to the inside back and after stapling the inside back in place, I used a curved needle and upholstery thread to attach it to the muslin portion of the chair

For the outside arm, I decided to use a cardboard strip to get a straight line.

I like the line it created:

The final steps including securing the welting on the outside back and then I hand stitched the back to the welting using the curved needle again.

Instead of gimp, I made a double welt cord using a double welt attachment on my sewing machine like this one:

(to learn how to make a double welt cord, click on the words highlighted above)

 Tacky Glue was used to secure it the perimeter of the chair.

Anywho, as you know, the chairs turned out well,

and after blogging about them last week, they are already


Thursday, July 12, 2012

One of my favorites - Place Hawaii

Of course you know I love Hawaii!

And one of my favorite places to shop when I go home to visit is none other than.... 

Beautiful home furnishings

Eclectic accent pieces and antiques

Gorgeous linens

Exquisite textiles

Created by top designer Mary Philpotts 
(yes, my friend Marion's mom!)

Get inspired by Place Hawaii!


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

DIY - Pinterest Challenge -Painting a frame on a wall

So, one of my daily reads is the blog, Centsational Girl -- and last week she did a shout out to diy'ers in the universe to participate in a Summer Pinterest Challenge!

The deal is you had one week to do a 'diy' that you've spotted on Pinterest!

I love the idea of painting a frame on a wall like this one from BHG:

My son's room was too, too dark.  
Grey walls, grey headboard, grey bedding.  
Here's a before pic:

I painted the walls white.
Redid the headboard.
Made a long lumbar pillow with yellow trim.
And, painted a grey frame on the wall to showcase the porthole mirrors and mini antlers!
(I used a piece of foam core poster board as a template and then filled in the lines!)


(the image in the mirror is fuzzified by me, cuz you could see me in it!  Eegads!)

Now, I just hope my son keeps his room clean!

Headboard diy - idea from Janell Beals of House of Fifty
Headboard fabric:  P. Kaufman
Long lumbar pillow fabric:  Robert Allen Dwell Studio
Long lumbar pillow insert:  Pottery Barn
Ikat pillow fabric:  Premier Prints
Paint: Orchard Supply Hardware Easy Living Hippie White
Grey paint:  a mix of paints from my garage!
Porthole mirrors and antlers:  West Elm
Bedspread and Euro pillows:  Ikea
Duvet: West Elm
Bedskirt:  Target
Chair: consignment find and slipcovered by me!
Elephant watercolor painting:  by my brother Jack Hagar -- visit his etsy shop!