Tuesday, December 20, 2011

I'm Stuck

I'm sure my lack of posts has been noticed by at least a couple of you. Truth is, I'm so embarrassed that I haven't finished my Craigslist chairs that I've been too embarrassed to post anything. The problem is getting them covered.

Before I started taking them apart I thought they would be a breeze, based on my experience with my reading bench, which had a simple frame I was able to remove and attach my new padding and fabric to.

These chairs don't have that. I'm completely frustrated trying to figure out how to get the fabric to go around the legs and actually look nice. Last night I was trying (again) while my husband was watching football, which gets me all edgy and annoyed anyhow, and I was so frustrated I was yelling at him to not even look at me and my failed attempt. Okay, so part of that might have been hormones. I'm so glad I've got those to blame!

Anyway, I'm almost ready to admit defeat and just take these to a professional to be covered but before I do, I want to reach out for help. Does anyone know of a good tutorial I can look at or have any advice for me? I don't want to be done in by chairs and any help would be greatly appreciated.

On another note, we found out we are having a BOY!! Designing a nursery is going to be fun and I've got a few ideas floating around in my head. :)


  1. Congrats on the little boy to plan a nursery for. Don't feel so bad about the chairs or not posting, it's not the end of anyone's world. I don't even have a project going (can we say stuck in neutral?) and I haven't come up with anything. If I find a tut I'll let you know. Have you tried putting a say, 3" foam cushion on, stapling muslin then your upholstery fabric over all layers? Or maybe upholstery brads with nice heads to give it a little extra?

  2. I'm challenged w/ upholstering except for the quick stuff. Congrats on you baby boy!!

  3. Not sure what you should do with the chairs, but congratulations on the boy! Exciting times! I am a new Fb and GFC follower visiting from Not Just a Housewife. Vicky from Mess For Less

  4. Thanks everyone! I think I'm going to give in and just have a pro finish the job for me.

    I need to get going on that nursery! April will be here before I know it and my little girl can't wait to help get her brother's room together!


  5. Can you cut a slit in the fabric so it goes on either side of the arm, and then use a double piping to cover the not so perfect finish? Also nailheads work wonders and cover up so many inperfections. Thats what I used on my chair and they were a lifesaver.


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