January 17, 2012

Dining Area Upholstery

My sister Michelle and her family just moved to Wisconsin. And we're missing them so much already. But that's another post. Before she left, she had a huge whirlwind remodeling and fixing up her home project. She was crazy busy. So, even though I was 8 months pregnant at the time, I decided to lend what skills I could in order to help her get through the madness (four kids + husband already moved + complete house remodel + 1 month = absolute and most definite madness). I didn't help nearly as much as her sister-in-law Sam, who painted and sometimes repainted every wall in the house and more, but I'm just not quite that selfless.

Michelle had some chairs that had some pretty dirty/ugly upholstery. She also had a breakfast nook that her husband Ty built, but although Ty is a fantastic carpenter, he isn't so much of an upholsterer, so the fabric was looking a little sad. Unfortunately, I forgot to take before pictures. Since this was a rushed project, I had to just go to the store and choose some fabric, hoping she'd like it well enough. I chose Richloom Solarium Cirque in Spring and Waverly Evening Scroll in Stone. Both were 50% off, so it wasn't too bad, considering I had to buy about 8 yards total.
I spent about 5 hours doing the four chairs, including removing staples and taking off the old fabric, which is the least fun part of reupholstering. These chairs were the easiest upholstery project I've done so far.
The next day I came back and spent about 8 hours on the bench. I had sore hands from the staple gun and pretty much an entirely sore body from sitting on the floor with a great big belly, but I was determined to get it done. No matter what.
And I did.
But then, of course, Michelle had to move. I hope the new owners of the house are enjoying the blood, sweat, and tears of the pregnant woman who gave them a lovely new dining bench.
At least Michelle got to take the chairs.

P.S. If you go to Michelle's blog, check out the Monty Python inspired header (designed by me).

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