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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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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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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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Headboard Solution

My lack of a headboard has been bothering me for a while, but I wasn’t sure what I could do about it.  I’d love an upholstered headboard, but even the DIY version is way out of my budget right now.  There was a post on Room Remix the other day featuring this chair and the way they used a scarf to add a punch of color.  It reminded me that I had a similar scarf in my favorite color (teal) that I rarely wear in this SoCal weather, so I pulled it out and found it was the perfect size for a “headboard”.

I didn’t want to put any holes in the scarf or the wall, but I have a nice ledge at just the right height, so I pulled it about an inch onto the ledge and just taped it down in a bunch of spots.  (Yes, I still have Christmas lights up there, but I just think of them as all-season happy lights :).)

I also taped it across the bottom so that it wouldn’t move around.  I ended up with this, but it was a little boring for me.

To add some more visual interest, I added some ribbon.  I spaced them out at equal intervals and then just taped them down as well.  I used a skinny white ribbon because that was what I had on hand, but I think it would also look really nice with a wider patterned ribbon.  Here’s the completed “headboard”.

A little wrinkled, but not too bad for 20 minutes and $0!!

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File Cabinet to Nightstand

My nightstand isn’t quite done, but I’ll show it to you anyway…here it is!

You’ll notice there are no drawer pulls yet.  I realized while I was at Home Depot that my handles are longer than the average cabinet handle (3-3/4″ instead of 3″), so there wasn’t much selection.  I came home with these…

…but I really wasn’t too happy, so I decided to keep looking.  After spending way too long on google and random hardware company sites, I still hadn’t found anything I liked in my price range (everything I liked was over $20).  Then I realized there was another place I hadn’t even thought of – Etsy!  Sure enough, I spent much less time looking and found these beautiful vintage handles for only $6!

I’ll post a picture with them as soon as they arrive.

In the meantime, here’s a quick tutorial on how I covered the drawer fronts.  I cut my fabric so that it covered each drawer with a couple inches of overhang all around.  Then I applied a coat of Mod Podge over the top and on the edges.

Then just center the fabric, smooth it over the front, and down over the edges.  I let it dry for a while before I did the corners.  You could do another coat of Mod Podge on top if you wanted to seal it, but I wanted the softness of the fabric, so I didn’t.

The corners are a little tricky, but just take your time with it.  I cut in towards the cabinet in a few areas so I could lay it down straight and then folded the rest over.  You can kind of see in the picture below.  Just use a lot of Mod Podge to keep it down.

On the top and the bottom I just glued the extra around the edge and down.

Then you’ll end up with this.

A simple, quick way to add color and pattern!  You could do this to pretty much any flat surface.  Hope this is helpful!

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Weekend time is project time!

Welcome to the weekend everyone!  My project for this weekend is to makeover my new nightstand.  I got a basic black file cabinet from Craigslist earlier this week, but it sat in my car until I finally had some daylight today to clean it.

Here it is in its new spot.

So now its a functional nightstand, but don’t worry, I have bigger plans.  First thing to deal with are those handles.

Yes, they are plastic, and yes, that is a faux wood grain.  They’ve gotta go.  I want to replace them with something much prettier and a little ornate so it looks a little less utilitarian and more like something that belongs in a bedroom.

Maybe something like this?

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Or this.

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But before that, I want to cover the drawer fronts with some fabric.  I think I should be able to just Mod Podge it on, right?  I’ll find out and let you know 🙂

So tomorrow I’m shopping for some pretty fabric and hardware (on the cheap of course).  Check back soon for the finished product!