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Container Gardening

I’ve been inspired by spring!  I’ve never been very good at growing things (see here), but I decided that I wanted to try gardening this year.  Part of my reason is that I’ve been cooking more, so the idea of having fresh herbs just a few steps away is pretty tempting.

A friend loaned me The Bountiful Container, which is an incredibly helpful and informative book.  I decided I wanted to grow flat leaf parsley, oregano, basil, chives, and bell peppers.

When it got to the actual planting, I realized I really didn’t know how much space each of the plants needed, so I did what I thought looked good and we’ll see how it turns out!  I did a container with the parsley, basil, and oregano, another with a pepper plant and chives, and the last with two pepper plants.

I also picked up some gerbera daises that I just couldn’t resist – we’ll see if I can keep them alive!

Also, for anyone who is concerned about my ficus, here it is today.  Still not fully recovered, but definitely doing much better!

And here’s my little garden!

Any gardening tips for a beginner?  Please share!

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10-Minute Ottoman

An ottoman has been on my project to-do list for a long time.  I don’t even have a before picture because it was so pitiful – I was using the cardboard box that my sewing machine came in with a random piece of fabric thrown over it (and not even a pretty one).  I had an elaborate plan in my head of building a box with a lid and upholstering it all, but it was a long way from actually happening.  Then I saw this ottoman at Target for only $20.

It wasn’t exactly what I had in mind, but it had the storage I wanted and the price was hard to beat, so I bought it.  When I got it home, it seemed a little bland, so I decided to cover the top with a more interesting fabric.  I just cut out a piece of fabric a little larger than the top and stapled it around the sides.

It took me about 10 minutes and now I have a much more interesting personalized ottoman for under $25!

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Desperately Needed Repotting

It would be an understatement to say that I don’t have much of a green thumb.  I bought this ficus several months ago, thinking it would be nice to have a plant in my apartment.  But I couldn’t manage to keep it healthy and it kept dropping leaves everywhere, so I kicked it outside.  Then I proceeded to neglect it entirely, giving it its current sad appearance.

This weekend I finally got the time and supplies to repot it. It still had a few signs of life, so I figured it was at least worth a try!

It doesn’t really look any better yet, so its not much of an after picture, but hopefully it will look much better in a few weeks or so.

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How To Replace A Chair Seat

When I started this project, I couldn’t find much on how to redo this type of chair, so I had to figure it out as I went.  Now that I’ve muddled my way through it, I thought I’d share what I’ve learned and hopefully make it easier for somebody else!

As a reminder, here’s what I started with.  The frame was in great shape, but the seat was sagging and pretty gross.

The first step was to completely remove the old seat and the webbing underneath it.

Then I wove chair webbing to create a new seat.  I did all of the pieces going one way first, pulling them as tight as I could and hammering in upholstery tacks, then wove the other pieces across.

I left extra webbing hanging over the sides and stapled it down to the frame after I finished attaching all the pieces.  I don’t think this is actually necessary, you could probably just trim the webbing around the frame, but the webbing I took off the chair was stapled back over the nails, so I just did the same.

The next step was to cut the foam for the seat to size.  I made a paper template and traced it onto the foam, then just sawed away with my scissors (a serrated blade would have been better, but I didn’t have one).

It fit right onto the chair.

Now for the tricky part – covering the seat with fabric.  I took the foam off the chair and cut the fabric a few inches larger than the foam all around.  After one false start, I used spray adhesive to hold the fabric to the foam (but I later pulled it away, so this was more of a temporary aid).  My chair had four spots where arms/the back attached to the frame, so the hardest part was working around those.  I didn’t really have any technique to this, I just cut and patched and tried to pull it tight around the corners without the foam showing.

Once all of the cutout spots looked okay, I fit the foam back onto the chair and it was time to attach it all together.  I worked my way around the chair slowly, pulling the fabric tight, folding it under a few times, and stapling it to the frame.

Once all that was done, I just hotglued some pretty ribbon along the edge to hide all the staples.

All finished!

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Chair Transformation

What a lovely long weekend :). I replaced the seat of this chair with new webbing and recovered it in a beautiful fabric.  Here’s the before.

And now!

Here’s a cost breakdown for anyone’s who’s interested.

  • Chair: $30 (probably could have gotten it for less, but was too excited to wait or bargain!)
  • Chair webbing (6 yds): $5.34
  • Upholstery tacks: $0.97
  • Foam (2 ft): $9.66 (50% off!)
  • Fabric (1 yd): $4.89 (also on sale)
  • Ribbon: $2.09 (40% off coupon)
  • Total: $52.95

So just over twenty dollars for a beautiful new seat on a beautiful chair.  See how I did it here!

On another note, my mom just mailed me some pieces of slate that she thought I could use for something.  They’re old roof tiles I think, and about 12″ by 7″ with two holes drilled in them.  Any ideas?

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Quick and Easy Apron

This weekend I finally had a chance to do a project I’d had on my list for a while – a cute apron!  Here’s the fabric I used.

Isn’t it fun?  I used this Apron in an Hour tutorial.  It took me more than an hour, but I guess I just move slowly :).  The tutorial is really clear and easy to follow.  Here’s the finished product (sorry for the fuzzy picture).

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Chair Undone

Before Christmas, I decided that it would be nice to have more than one non-dining room chair in my apartment, so I picked up this wooden chair at a thrift store.

I loved the shape and the intricacy of the back, but it definitely needed some work.  It doesn’t look too bad in the picture, but the seat was very sunken and probably wouldn’t have held for much longer.  Here’s what it looked like when I took the bottom covering off.

You can see that the webbing is in pretty poor shape.  But before I got to that, I had to get the top fabric and all the foam/padding off.  After I pried up some of the fabric in the front, I could see the rest of the layers.

The foam and padding were practically disintegrating as I touched them, but unfortunately the glue, staples, and nails that were holding them held quite strong!  There were two different types of staples and I think three types of nails. Removing all the staples and nails probably took me around 4 hours total.

After all of that, here’s how it looks now.

Now I just have to figure out how to redo it all!  I’ve seen tons of tutorials on reupholstering chairs with wooden seats, but none with chair webbing like this one.  Any tips?  I also need to figure out if there’s anything I can do to make the wood finish look nicer – its pretty scratched in some places, but not badly enough that the whole finish needs to be redone.  It just needs some touchups, so any ideas for that would be much appreciated as well!

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