Friday, June 10, 2011

{happy seat}

 Say hello to one happy seat...

After our little Amish market excursion yesterday, and while the boys slept off their rock candy, I recovered one of our dining room chair seats. 


Isn't it a happy fabric?

Here is a quick run down of the process {after the major de-stapling adventure}. I started with my 1/2 inch foam that I purchased at JoAnn Fabric. It was $9.99/yard and I needed two yards for this project. My handy 40% off coupon brought the total to just $12.

I laid the seat down on the foam and used a marker to outline it...then cut it out with regular scissors. 

I then cut my piece of {happy} fabric, leaving a few inches all around to ensure there was enough to wrap around the seat.

And I started stapling.

I first stapled once on each side, being sure to pull it tight as I went along. This is a tip I remember learning from Hildy and Trading Spaces. Does anyone else remember how crazy she was with a staple gun?

Once each side was secured I went around and finished it off, making sure I left the screw holes uncovered so I wouldn't have trouble re-attaching it to the chair base later.

And the finished product!

The chair frames do still need to be refinished but I couldn't wait to try out the new fabric. 

And my yard sale dishes have already made friends...

I'm so loving this bold addition of color to the room. And just the addition of the fabric makes the chairs feel new and fresh.

Have you been up to any DIY projects lately? I would love to see them!

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The Martha Complex said...


I loved Trading Spaces. Jen (can't remember her last name) was my favorite designer.

shopannies said...

it does look like a happy seat

Lindsay @ Aisle to Aloha said...

Oh, I LOVE this chair! Hey, and good job matching the foam too. Ha! ;) Man, I need a chair like this for my studio.

Have a great weekend!

Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted said...

I love your fabric choice! Don't you just love how a little TLC can bring a piece back to life?!

Bethany @ A Fish Who Likes Flowers said...

Your fabric choice is great! It makes me smile just looking at it. You did such a good job.

La-Dee-da crafter said...

This I love. That chair is the cutest. I would love to see your room with it in it.
I miss trading spaces and Hildy was crazy. Remember when she stapled on the flowers on the walls in that bathroom. Wonder what happened to her???
I am now following you.

Jocelyn said...

The chair looks great! I found you via SIDAC. I love the happy fabric you used. I'll bet it really cheers up any space you put it in.

Rosa said...

Found your site through Somewhat Simple.
Love your chair! You've inspired me to try it on my chairs! :)

Over The Moon Gifts said...

I love that fabric! I found your site through a link party!


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