While I was procrastinating cleaning the basement and our walk-in closet, I decided to repaint the front door. And not only repaint but change the color. From a tired, faded, dull-looking red…
…to a deep, rich, shiny, olive green.
Plus I cleaned up the brass hardware.
I’m not sure I like the new color. Change can be difficult. I think it’s the shininess that has thrown me. And I usually have something hanging on the door but I want to let this paint harden before I decorate it.
Happy New Year to all!
Let’s have a better year than the past one.
…minus the cushion.
I’m rushing this final part and as a result it’s been ripped apart twice. And now for a third time.
I’m following the original cushion construction and taking a shortcut that the manufacturer took by skipping a step.
Instead of making a separate welting cord, they sewed the cording for the welting into the gusset and then sewed the gusset to the top and bottom.
Matching the top and bottom with the gusset in between is a challenge when the gusset is stiff due to the welting. I’m not getting clean corners.
See how the fabric weave is not on the straight grain? That’s a big problem. So I’m ripping it out. Again. And will make welting cord the right way and sew it onto the top and bottom of the cushion cover. Then I’ll sew the gusset by marking each corner.
As my grandmother used to say, “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right.” Sorry Gram, it’s taking me three times to remember that.
I’m recovering/reupholstering two chairs right now. This one once resided in my mom’s house then iPad aunt acquired it. And now I have it.
My first thought was to recover it in denim and send it to my daughter for her son’s bedroom. Then I told her about it. She liked the idea but not the fabric. So I asked her to pick out fabric and I’d recover it for her.
Well, two years later and no decision on fabric, I mentioned (OK, told her) that with the time, effort, cost of materials and shipping it to Colorado that she and her husband could get something that they really liked. And I wanted to keep the chairs for myself.
So here is the chair after staining the legs darker, striping it down to the frame, and adding new padding and muslin layer. The foam padding was deteriorating and needed to go. Once I add more cotton or Dacron padding (no foam except for the seat cushion), the final fabric and sew the new seat cushion cover, I can begin the second chair. And the matching ottoman.
Have I ever done this before? No, but I watched about a hundred YouTube videos on the process, took several hundred photos of my progress along the way and decided that I have enough brains and skill to attempt this project. Time will tell. So stay tuned….