I woke up one morning... or rather it was likely more I couldn't get back to sleep after Gracie's early morning feed, but that's just a minor and unimportant detail. I woke up one morning and was overwhelmed with, let's call it a 'desire', to try my hand at recovering the chair. Something had to be done. I hated the shuffling around of the blanket and cover, the bunching and pulling, the crumb-catching and general blech. It had to go.
But I didn't exactly want to fork out the dough for a new couch. Not when we have a baby that will barf, slobber, and grope at it. And then a toddler that will sticky-finger-"mommy-look-I'm-jumping-on-the-couch!". And then a teenager that would wipe god knows what on it. No. No, I'd rather save my money and buy a truly fabulous couch later. For now, I'm jumping on the upcycling bandwagon (which I'm a true believer in by the way), take what I have and repurpose, recover, renew it to make it wonderful again.
So I moseyed, yes moseyed, on over to the fabric store, picked out an upholstery fabric that I figured I wouldn't hate in mere months and collected some supplies. And then I got to work. Of course I googled the crap out of 'chair reupholstery' and every variation I could think of... you'd bet there would be all sorts of tutorials and recommendations, but no. There is, in my opinion, a shameful lack of information available. And, the ones that are out there involve the cumbersome and daunting task of cutting off the existing fabric, laying it out to make a pattern, and then sewing a new cover for your furniture. Well... since I couldn't (at that time) sew a stitch if my life depended on it and I wasn't about to let this get in my way, I took a stab at it my way.
|Fabric was purchased on discount at Fabricland: $8.99/m. Total cost, including staple gun, $150.|
|This fabulous fabric is from IKEA, $5.99/m. Total cost: $104.|
I also decided to recover our stools and paint a canvas for the wall... but that's for the next blog.
So if you have an old couch, or coffee table, or dresser, or heck anything that's old... don't throw it away. Find a little inspiration and a pinch of 'what-the-hell' and make it new again. Upcycling is very chic these days :)