Today in "The Klutz's Guide to Reupholstery for Total Morons", I'm teaching myself to reupholster the seat cushions on the dining room chairs. We've had this dining room set for 23 years, and we bought it used - they are well over due for an update.
The Chubby Hubby wanted to get the chairs, and couches, professional re-upholstered. I priced that, and laughed. We can buy new furniture for less. Mind you, newer stuff won't be as well made, but I'm not getting all new furniture just because we're renting a better house in a better neighborhood. Thus, as per my coven sisters' advice, I'm doing it myself. It's a bit nerve wracking, because I AM so non-crafty.
So far, I've learned how to remove the seat from the chair, and done a practice run on upholstering it. The practice was neatly attaching a large piece of an old sheet to it. It really is AMAZINGLY simple. Staple guns are my friends! Okay, all guns are my friends, but for today the staple gun is my gun of choice.
I did not try hard to get the material stretched taut over the cushion, because the thin thin thin old sheet material (there's a REASON this material was in my rag bin!) is so stretchy that it doesn't compare to 'real' brocade type material that I'll do the real work in. The CH has asked that I practice with stiffer material before doing the final version. I'll buy that on Tuesday, probably, and then take the picky CH with to pick out the official material.
I'll be doing the backs of the chairs, too, not just so they match the seats (which is important enough!) but because the cats, specifically the Bree, has really done a number on them. They are JUST the right height, and apparently a good texture, for her to scratch/mark territory with her claws.
Yes, our cats have all their claws. Damn RIGHT our cats have all their claws. Okay, that's a rant for another day.....