Thursday, August 29, 2013

A little chair project

 First of all let me thank you for all of your very wonderful comments on my last post.  Seems to me you all think blogging is an important part of your life and you wish to keep at it.  I just want to make sure you all understand that if you choose to be a part of any or all social media that is perfect for you, I am not judging anyone who does, I just think that most of it isn't for me at this point.  Any time I get to be on the computer, other than work, I want it to be with all of you, or of course getting inspiration from Pinterest and Ravelry.  Now on to other things.......

Last weekend I had a very fun day on Saturday.  My friend Cathy and I took a stand up paddle board lesson.  Have you seen the people paddling away while standing up?  It was a lot of fun and I didn't fall off at all.  Now keep in mind we had our lesson on a very small lake, or as I call it a very large pond.  There were no waves, or even boats to make a wake, so we stayed upright.  And if you are familiar with Florida at all you know that in any freshwater you want to stay upright, there are alligators (although I was assured only a very small one lived in the lake/pond), water moccasins and other highly nasty creatures waiting to bite me.  I think I would rather risk it in the ocean with sharks than a lake/pond in Florida.  Hopefully we are going to take it to the next level and rent paddle boards very soon, for a fun morning out on the Gulf of Mexico.

We also made an impromptu trip to Hobby Lobby.  Now I know many of you out there go all the time, but it is a bit of a drive for me and I have a Joann's very close by so I tend to go their instead.   But my friend wanted to go and have a peek around so I went along.  I found a big four pronged knitting loom I am going to use with the little girls I work with, and I found some fun fabric to recover the chair in my studio/craft space.


This is the before photo.  I recovered this chair years ago.  It matches the ones around my kitchen table.  See the shredded fabric?   It really was a mess, I think years and years of boys pushing back onto the rear legs of the chair while sitting at the computer, finally took its toll.  And in my defense I have been looking for fabric for a while to do this project, but apparently not looking hard enough.


I spotted this fabric right away, look how nice it looks against the rug I have in my room.  I'd say it looks pretty perfect.


After unscrewing all the screws and removing the fabric this is what I found.  I forgot this chair had  a leather seat, a very old leather seat.
 

I cut a piece of foam to match the seat shape, I cut out the fabric and stapled them onto the wooden bottom.  Fast and easy, just the kind of project I like.  I love the way it looks and now wonder what took me so long to recover it? 


I had extra fabric so I recovered this exercise disk that I use on my chair as a pillow.  I sit on it and work on my balance, it helps my back to not get all kinked up when I am at the computer for a long time.


I cut out the fabric, serged the rough edges, pressed the edges under about 1/2 an inch, and then made a running stitch which I gathered all up and tied off.


The bottom of the pillow isn't all that lovely but it looks pretty nice from the top.


For under $15 dollars I recovered a chair and a pillow, that includes the fabric and foam.  Now of course I am looking at all of the chairs around my kitchen table thinking they look pretty shabby.  None were in this bad of shape so they are still presentable, but still I think another chair project is going to be happening soon.

Hope you are all having a great day.

31 comments:

gilly said...

Love that fabric, it goes just perfectly with your rug - good job!
xx

Jennifer said...

It looks terrific! You did a great job with both the seat and the pillow and the fabric does look great with your rug. I bet the whole room feels fresh and new now that you did it. :)

by Teresa said...

What a great new chair cover for you! And like you say, it goes very well with the carpet. My dining chairs are all wood.. so I've never had an opportunity to re-upholster them.. but I bet they'd improve if I made some cushions for them! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

andamento said...

It looks fabulous! A very satisfying project to complete.

Betsy said...

You did a beautiful job on your chair and pillow Meredith. You have more talent in your little finger than I do in my entire body!!!
We've been seeing SUP (stand up paddle) boards in Hawaii our last two trips but just this summer they've gotten fairly common on the lake where we camp. It looks like fun but I'm not very brave and we don't even have alligators!
Have a lovely weekend.
Blessings,
Betsy

kathyinozarks said...

I love that your new project took no time at all-great choice of colors in the fabric too.
I love hobby lobby-especially for their beads-they have wonderful choices of glass, wood, bone, shell etc. I always check to see if any are on sale-ours is quite a road trip too as are any of the major craft stores from where I live. when we go to the "big city" of springfield mo-thats when we have a list of stores to shop in-lol

Pammy Sue said...

Great job on the chair! It looks great. Couldn't find a better match with that rug either. As for the dining room chairs, I'd say go for it! You'll feel like you have a whole new set in there.

Nana Go-Go said...

I love how you throw in that you're going to be having a fun day out in the Gulf of Mexico! Wish I could say that. Stand-Up Paddle boarding is becoming popular over here too but mostly in the sea. I love what you did to the chair and cushion. The fabric is perfect for both. Good job well done.:-)
ps little alligators,big alligators, they're all the same to me - they're alligators!!You're so brave but do watch out, won't you, Meredith?x

linda said...

I think you are very brave doing that stand-up paddle boarding Meredith with or without the alligators, and then you casually throw in sharks! you be careful!
You have done a great job on the chair, I love the fabric it is a great match with your rug. :)

Dee said...

The recovering project turned out great. I love those colors.

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

Oh the chair seat looks awesome! You did a really great job.

Ok, stay out of the lake...gators are nasty business!

Hugs

Joy said...

Your new chair look great Meredith and I do like the idea of the exercise pillow to sit on too - lovely matching fabric for your rug!
I think you're very brave doing the stand-up paddling with those big nasties in the water, but, at the same time, it must be very exciting!
What you up to this weekend then? Enjoy it, whatever!
Hugs,
Joy xo

Susanne said...

I think you found a great fabric to go well with the carpet. Isn't that the way it goes, we put things like that off but once we get started we love it and wonder why it took us so long. Nice job!
(((HUGS))) Susanne :)

ColourMeCrochet said...

Well done you, with your stand up paddle boarding, it sounds like such fun. I'm not even sure if we have anything like that near us, will have to check that out.
Your chair looks gorgeous. It looks totally different and goes so well with your rug, and for a bargain price it looks like a new chair.

Hugs
Sally xx

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

That fabric is PERFECT for your chair and cushion!! I know just what you mean about wondering why we wait so long!! LOL! I'm painting my porch furniture and have kicked myself for not doing it sooner!! LOL! Better late than never... and maybe we appreciate it more!

I saw people doing that paddle board WAY out at Myrtle Beach! Looked like they were walking on water from the distance! I was most intrigued! You will have to keep us posted of your adventures! blessings ~ tanna

CJ STITCHING AND BLOOMS said...

Hello Meredith,

Yup i have seen people standing up on board padding and I also wondered how difficult this would be?? How great you all did so well.. BUT hmmmmmmmmmmmm I would greatly wonder about the alligators, they would scare me to death. LOL

You are a very talent lady. I would never attempt redoing a chair. The fabric pattern was very pretty. I have one of those rubber round cushions i bought for while sewing. I never thought of putting a cover on it.. Great idea.

Have a lovely relaxing holiday weekend. Hugs Judy

Deb said...

love the fabric you've chosen Meredith. your chair & cushion turned out fabulous!
have a wonderful weekend ~ hugs to Max xo

kathy b said...

WOw you are talented on many fronts. I love the new covers!!!

Happy labor day weekend Mere

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Knitting Diva said...

Mere, you are such an inspiration, I love your style!!! Fab cushions! Cheers. Dawn

Tammy said...

Hi Meredith, great job on the chair. The fabric is perfect with the rug. Yusef went sand surfing at the Great Sand Dunes the day we left Alamosa. He said he wasn't able to stay up at all. Good luck with the stand up paddle boarding. Have a great weekend. Tammy

Tammy said...

And I totally agree about blogging. I'd rather do it than anything else. I don't even have a Pinterest account and barely go to Ravelry. I find enough inspiration just from all the blogs out there. :)

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Oh that's lovely...and yes it does go beautifully with the carpet.

Kind of "pops" [I'm teasing] the colors nicely.

Oh, and I think you are very, very brave to do anything in a body of water that has slinkies, and slickers in it...shudder, pools for me thank you very much.

Jen

Denise Briese said...

Wow what a great job covering that chair..It matches perfect!

Toni said...

The chair looks great! And thanks for the idea of the exercise disc! Much safer than trying to balance on the ball while trying to sew--I can just see myself going flying, can't you? :)

Lap Dog Knits said...

great job on the chair!!!...and may I also add...you have lovely wood floors...CLEAN....I noticed this because mine are filthy...anyway..

also, I have wanted to stand up paddle board forever...hopefully one day I will...

keep the chairs coming. beautiful job!

Fay said...

Love the chair!
hugs, Fay:)

moonstruckcreations said...

Great job, love the fabric you used.

And thanks so much for your kind birthday wishes for my son. We all had a great day!
Helenxx

Peg said...

What a lovely blog, the fabric you have used on the chair goes perfectly with the carpet in the picture. I'm a pastel lover but on occasions enjoy using a bolder fabric. Lovely!

Peg x

Liz said...

How pretty, I love the print. You did a great job. I've never recovered or re-upholstered anything before...you made it look easy:)

Liz

Sue Pinner said...

Hi love the new seat cover and cushion ....always rewarding recovering chair seats..a new chair fabulous
Hugs x