Saturday, March 26, 2011

DIY: Reupholstering

I have these wild dreams that someday I'll find myself in a garage, staple gun in hand, experience on my belt, and yards of beautiful fabric just waiting to bring a piece of grimey, antique furniture to life. Until then, I'll have to try my best with the little resources and experience I have.

So I found this dirty 'ole thing at the DAV thrift store on Timberlake and after much contemplation, I decided to take a chance on it. I loved the price and the shape, but it definitely needed to be recovered. When your cat starts sniffing and licking it like it's --gosh, I don't know-- cat nip? Something is majorly wrong. Not to mention gross.

So I set off to JoAnn's in hopes that I could find a forgiving fabric to use for my first attempt at reupholstering. I came across this white faux fur for $8 a yard: not quite as dense as sheepskin, but it still had the same aesthetic.

All it took was some cutting, pressing, and stapling. Now, it got a little messy, but it wasn't anything a vacuum and a lint roller couldn't cure. Still, next time I plan on cutting up anything furry, I'll choose to wear something I'm NOT planning on wearing out for the rest of the day.That'd be smart.

After about 20 minutes, I ended up with a super fun (and cheap) chair that really completed the space exactly the way I was hoping.

Money Spent:
Chair, $15
Fabric, $16

Time Spent:
20 minutes

If you have any Reupholstering DIY adventures of your own, please feel free to share 'em!