Last night was my husband’s football banquet (he teaches 7th grade english and coaches 8th grade football)! So we got all dressed up and headed to his school for the celebration. It was actually really fun – since I also work full-time & can never make his games (don’t get me started), I finally got to meet the other coaches and some of the players he’s been with for the past 4 months, which was so great.
PS: That’s the shirt he was wearing the night we met over 2 years ago – what can I say? I’m a sucker for a man who can rock pink like that! ;)
Love this man!
Okay, okay.. I know what you’re all thinking- enough with the sappy pics already! And you’re right -it’s time to get down to business! This. Is. It. The moment you’ve all been waiting for… The Great Kitchen Chair Reveal of 2013!!! Taaa daaaaa!! Y’all, settle down and try to contain your hysteria. It’s early and your neighbors will most likely not appreciate the shrieks of excitement you’re suppressing right now. And I’d just hate to be the cause of a block-wide riot ;)
But seriously. This was a labor of love. A BIG one. Don’t get me wrong, I am THRILLED with the finished product, but I always, always, ALWAYS do this! Start projects thinking they’re going to take waaay less time than they actually do. And then in somewhere in the middle, I usually want to pull my hair out, say dirty words & eat a gallon of Blubell ice cream. Simultaneously. Ya feel me?
But alas, we pushed through (mainly because if we didn’t, we had nowhere to sit down), and now… I am a happy camper! And so glad we decided to take on this feat – something as simple as a different pattern managed to change the entire look and feel of our dining room. It made the dark wood of the table pop & the cheery pattern really helped brighten up the whole space. All that to say, I hope this post inspires you to attempt that project you’ve been avoiding, too! ;)
First, we had to remove the current fabric. We found that a flathead screwdriver worked wonders to pry the staples up (we fancy, huh?). Pliers also helped yank out the stubborn ones! You’ll end up with a nice little pile like this:
So. Many. Staples.
We very soon realized why the previous owners recovered these in the first place. Shudder. No amount of hand washing could erase the trauma of seeing those yellow stains. I need therapy (not that I didn’t before, BUT STILL).
Also, for those wondering, I got the new fabric from joanns.com. It’s called “HGTV Home Chevron Chic Harvest” and was on sale for $19.99/yd. It’s normally $39.99/yd, so if you like it, I’d suggest you jump on that ;) Alrighty, the next step was laying out the fabric, tracing, measuring and cutting! We laid out the old squares of fabric on top of the new just to get a general idea of what kind of measurements we were working with. We made a small mark on the back of the fabric with a permanent marker to mark the edges.
Based on where the marks were, we decided to do 26×26 squares. The fabric was 55″ wide and we ordered 4 yards (way more than we needed but I wanted to have some leftover just in case of a fatal spill later on down the line).
Once we had them measured and marked, I went to cutting!
I attempted to cut in a straight line. Key word: attempted.
Next, we laid them all out just to make sure they were even and going to work. I’m a little OCD like this – I’d rather find out early on that I screwed up & still have time to fix it.
Next, we started stapling them one at a time. The first part was to ensure that they we’re straight. Now, this fabric (obviously) has a zig zag pattern, BUT I didn’t want to staple it on crooked – cuz that’d just be tacky. So we readjusted them a couple of times until I was satisfied. While I folded over one side, my stud of a husband geared up to staple the beejesus out these seats (what man doesn’t jump at the chance to use brute force??).
Ready for staples!
After stapling one side (we did 2 rows of staggered staples, as you’ll see in a later picture), we proceeded to do the opposite side, in order to make sure the fabric was really snug.
Make sure you pull tight!
See, opposite sides!
We flipped it around and did the other 2 sides the same way. You’ll be left with 4 tail-like things on all the corners.
Time to cut these too!
Using scissors, cut each corner downwards, still leaving enough of a tail to staple! This part is very important – you can always take more off, but you can’t salvage it if you cut too much!
Next, make a little bit of a slit on each side of the tail – this will help you fold the corners in for a smooth surface.
Making a slit
It will look something like this when you’re done:
Time to finish ‘er up!
I used my knees to help hold the cushion in place, then folded the fabric and pulled tight until I was happy with where it was laying. My hubs would swoop in and quickly staple it. It was like a comedy show – I would tug and maneuver and then shout, “Here! Staple! STAPLE!” and he’d rush in and fire a quick 7 into each corner. Y’all, sometimes I’m just really glad our daily life isn’t caught on camera. Lawd.
So glad the backside will never see the light of day!
That sucker’s not going anywhere!
Each cushion took about 15-20 minutes, by the time we arranged, folded, stapled, cut, & stapled some more. Then, we had to screw them back into the chair frames, and of course, most of the screws were either stripped now, or weren’t long enough to go through all of the fabric. Of COURSE. So by the time we wrestled with a few of these, it was another 2-3 days before we mustered up the energy to attempt the next batch. Not gonna lie – we pep talked ourselves.. a lot. And 2 weeks (3 weeks?) later, we finished! Yaaay!
Here are a few pictures of the final product (PS: I just bought the new paint on Saturday – can’t wait to get started! I think it’s gonna make the chairs pop even more)!
The dining room
Another side view
Closeup of the top
Seriously. I LOVE this fabric!
Aerial view ;)
So there you have it. The Great Kitchen Chair Reveal of 2013. I’m so happy with how it turned out! I can’t wait to see what it will look like once the walls are painted, too. What’s your opinion? Do you think this chevron fabric was the right choice? Have you ever reupholstered anything? I’d love to hear from you! :)