Tuesday, January 8, 2013

New year, new look

Why is it that "simple" projects always turn into such complicated ones??? Case in point my sister-in-law Vanessa and I decided to re-cover some dining room chairs that my mother-in-law got free from a friend. Simple enough right?  Wrong!!!  We had fabric, batting, padding and a staple gun and figured we could hammer it out in 2 days tops but we didn't account for disintegrating webbing and an extremely hard press board that was impervious to our handheld staplers, yes staplers.  It even bent the tacks we tried to use to attach the webbing!! It was impressive and more than a little frustrating!!  After my first stapler failed I purchased a new one along with new webbing and almost cried when the staples folded in on themselves like origami. :( I did not want to make another trip to the store so I broke down and asked my husband to buy me a pneumatic staple gun only to find out we already had one....argh!!!  Really!!?? Who knew a nail gun can also shoot staples!!!???   Not me!! He swears he told me we had one but I swear he told me I could get one if needed!! Anyways he redeemed himself by buying me the right sized staples and setting up the compressor and staple gun for me! So sweet! 
  I have to tell you I am now in love with my staple gun!!  It's so much fun and so quick!!  Albeit a tad loud! I may need to come up with more projects just so I can use it!! We only finished 2 of the 5 chairs but only because we ran out of webbing.  Never having replaced webbing I started with 4yards and actually needed 8.  Oh well, at least I have a 50% of coupon for the next 4 yards as it is pricey!!! Now that we have perfected our technique the next three will be done in no time!

So here is the nemesis press board and the nasty padding that was under the nastier fabric which I threw away before taking a picture.  I really wish I had taken a picture of it as it was pretty nasty!

My new friend...the staple gun!  It's awesome and everyone should have one!

One of our finished chairs, isn't the fabric gorgeous?...I hope Fran likes it!! It looks kinda green but it's actually light blue, much better than the original dirty off white fabric.



  1. You could start a new business!!
    The fabric is gorgeous!! Can't wait to see a picture of the entire set of NEW chairs!

  2. Shhh! Don't tell everyone how easy this is! Do a few 'side jobs' and it will pay for lots of things you want. So easy... I have redone several chairs, a footstool, recovered the cushions for a loveseat, you get the idea.


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