Thursday, September 22, 2011

She Get It From Her Mama

I got it from my mama, who got it from her mama's mama....


and it was in major need of a makeover...so I obliged:

I got out a pair of pliers and removed the upholstery tacks,


and then the nails underneath.


I was careful not to rip the fabric so that I could use it as a guide when cutting my new fabric.


I picked out new fabric from the home decor section at Joanne's.  (I did this whole project with just 3/4 of a yard.)  The fabric was probably thick enough on its own, but for good measure, I reinforced it with fusible interfacing like so:


I attached the new fabric to the bench with a staple gun- making sure to pull the fabric as taut as humanly possible.  Once I'd stapled all the way around the bench, I cut away the excess fabric.



Next, I made some double welt cord following this tutorial - except instead of a sewing machine, I sewed mine by hand because I'm not on speaking terms with my sewing machine as of late.  As it turns out, making double welt cord was deceptively easy.


Then, I used Fabri-tac to glue it to the bench, covering the staples as I went.



In hindsight I should have done this next step before I recovered the bench:

I prettied up the wood legs which were looking a little worse for wear.


I scrubbed them down with some Murphy Oil Soap using an old soft toothbrush to get into the little crevices.


Then, I wiped the Murphy's off with a rag and voila- much improved, in a matter of minutes, and with a minimal amount of elbow grease:


Here's how it looks now- it lives tucked neatly under the coffee table in my living room, ready to spring into action at a moment's notice....obviously.



Oh, and in case you weren't counting (let's be honest, why would you have been counting?), this is my 30th post to this here Very Fond Of blog.   Humor me, act like you're really impressed by that number.

Also, mark your calendar - this here Very Fond Of blog turns one year old on October 15.  I may or may not be contemplating throwing it a real live birthday party.

Would that be too ridiculous?  Or maybe just ridiculous enough?


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