Friday, July 17, 2015

Bean Bag Chairs

How cute are these bean bags? I love them! Too bad they're so sad and flat but I just love that they're square instead of a more traditional round.

A friend wanted me to take one of them and empty it into the others to fill them out a little but I couldn't bare to empty any of them, they're just too cute. Instead I did a quick search and found some bean bag filler for really cheap. So now instead of three half empty bean bags, or just two sort of full ones we get three adorable and fluffy, practically new bean bags for hardly any effort. 
I bought the filler online and I couldn't believe how big the box was and just how little it weighed. I took a picture with the girls so you could see how large it was. 

I was prepared for the filling to be a messy job but I saw this brilliant idea online, you take an empty paper towel roll (or on my case a hacked off fabric bolt roll) and you tape it to the bag like a nozel, here's a photo to help explain. 

Then you can pour from one bag to another. Even with this hack it still left a little to be vacuumed. 

It was well worth the effort though. 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Dining Room Chairs

It became clear to me recently that I'm developing a reputation for upholstery. A friend of a friend on Facebook asked who they would contact to have some dining room chairs upholstered and three different people tagged me. I was happy to respond. When I asked what sort of fabric they wanted they said they didn't really care as long as they were no longer fuzzy pink. I don't blame them. There were 6 total, 2 with arms and 4 without.

We went with a really dark black/brown, super soft and rich faux leather that was a lot nicer than I expected it to be. Here are the seats all stacked together, ready to be reassembled. 

And all 6 of them, lined up. 

I love the way they turned out, it really updated the whole look of the chairs. I always feel like a broken record because every time I finish a job I can't help but proclaim, "it looks brand new!"

And a couple before and after pictures, because everyone love a before and after.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Chaise Upholstery

Well this chair was my first job that was for what can only be called a client. It sounds a little silly to me to say but it was too arms reach to call them a friend. They brought me the chair and the fabric and I got right to work. Here are the before's.

It was fine but dirty and torn and in definite need of updates.

 I took all the fabric off

And then started putting it back on.

Here's the back on

And the finished chair.

A side view. The chaise has legs but the client didn't bring them to me so I popped my couch legs on for some pictures.

and everyone likes a good side by side.

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Monday, June 1, 2015

Retro Vinyl Chairs - Part 2

Anyone remember the cute vinyl chairs? They turned out great but I knew I had 4 more coming my way, plus two little kids sized chairs to go with the set. They were finally delivered and it turned out there are 4 like the previous ones, two different styles and then the two little kid ones.

I was already familiar with one style, they were no problem. The kid's chairs were easy and fun but that third style, it was a puzzler.

So here's the first style, no big deal.

And here's a before of the kid chairs. They were in pretty rough shape but cleaned up to be so cute.

And then like a bad blogger I forgot to take a picture of this third style. I do have this picture from behind. The problem is the curve. If I were using a traditional vinyl it would be no big deal, you heat it up and it stretches and it's fine but I used a faux leather instead which doesn't have nearly as much stretch.

Attempt number 1 was so bad it went undocumented and made me question my abilities but let's recap all the other attempts this chair took.

  1. 1. I tried sewing a cover and this attempt made me at least convinced that I'd be able to figure something out. There was some hope. In fact it would be perfect if not for all those wrinkles.
  2. Less wrinkles but sadly they're still there. Check out how those seams aren't actually where they're supposed to be either.
  3. Number 3 was the winner. It was my last idea, if this one didn't turn out I didn't know what I'd do. In fact, as I finished the last chair I used up my very last bit of fabric, if I made a mistake I don't know what I would have done. I love how the trim on these two matches the other 4.
So here are the three styles together (pardon all the background mess, just keeping things real).

And all 6 (there are two more of the squarish style but they'd already been delivered)

And how cute does it look with these chairs around the table

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Tall White Stools

A friend of mine has these great tall stools that are unique and the frame was looking great but the poor upholstery had seen better days, especially the one with the big tear.
I took them apart and replaced the upholstery with some really nice white faux leather.
Here's a side by side of old and new.

I couldn't believe what a difference just cleaning the frame made, they really do look like brand new stools.

One last picture of all three updated stools

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Retro Vinyl Chairs

Guys word has got out that I like to do upholstery and the jobs are pouring in. I'm loving all the projects that are coming my way.

These chairs belong to a friend of my parents that I've known forever, and if I'm not mistaken I think they belonged to her husband's parents so they're legitimately retro. For how old they were they're in surprisingly good condition and they have been a super easy job. I've only done two chairs and I think I have 4 more to go but I'm waiting for the chairs to be delivered. That original pattern is pretty sweet hey?

I think the red was a great choice.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Laundry Hamper Update

Here's a super simple update that has made me so happy! Catie has a laundry basket in her room that we've had forever. It's cute and wicker and has a lining inside but one day I washed it and dried it, not realizing that was a bad idea and the liner shrunk. I can make it fit if I try really hard but after you put one sock in it looks like this. Irritating.

Here's it's super stretched to make it fit like it's supposed to.

One day I was feeling especially motivated and my sewing machine was already out so I pulled out some scrap fabric and added a really thick band to the top, so now the shrunk fabric can sink in like it wants to and the new band hold it all in place.

A simple fix that I'm happy about every time I add laundry. Sadly, Catie doesn't share my sentiment. I showed her the finished product and she said, "I liked it better before". You can't win them all.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Barbie Tent

Guys, I'm having major flashbacks to my childhood. Look what I just made. Did you have one of these because I sure did. I'm pretty sure you could find them at every craft fair.

And what's a tent without a sleeping bag?

It has the mesh window in the bag and the door and window roll up and secure with elastic loops, just like you remember.

I was really surprised that I couldn't find a free pattern and I was too cheap to buy one so I made this without a pattern, it turned out surprisingly well though. I did think Catie wasn't nearly as grateful as she should have been though so we'll see how much use it gets.

It even folds down flat, just like yours did.

I think these are next on my list to make, because how cute are they and let's be honest, there's no way Barbie is sleeping on the floor.

I originally wanted to make this version because I thought it was super cute. But I was also aiming for free and I didn't have anything I could use for poles and I did have wood dowelling. But this one is ridiculously cute and there's a tutorial.

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