The chair that I knew and loved from our childhood rooms:
My mom re-covered the chair with this fun fabric to fit in
our nurseries and kids' rooms... I am still sad that the polkadots didn't match the new place!
Step 1: Taking off ALL the layers
|This white layer was directly under the polkadot fabric.|
I was getting sentimental taking off each layer of fabric... with as much time as I put into this project, I imagined Momma doing the same re-covering of the chair for our nurseries and then even my Nana re-covering the original chair. Each layer has its own little history!
|This layer was under the white fabric and would have totally matched |
our furniture but I was already in project mode at that point and the new
fabric had already been purchased!
|I realized, almost too late, that this green and white fabric was holding in extra padding that my Nana|
had added when she re-covered the original chair with this fabric.
Here is just a glimpse of the bottom-most layer!
|Then my roommate Sarah came home, and she "helped!"|
Step 2: Pinning and then when you think you have done enough pinning, pin some more
|Before using the staple gun to keep the fabric in place, I used hundreds of pins to plot and plan|
how each wrinkle and crease would fall. This was the most tedious part of the whole project!
Step 3: Staple minimally but enough to keep everything secured. I stapled along the sides and all over the bottom of the chair. The sides I had to be conscious of because it is visible, but on the under part of the chair I went a little staple crazy!
|It took a while to get used to using the staple gun so lots of staples |
had to be pulled out. These are just some of the staples I had to twist and pull out with my fingers.
*Note to self: Invest in pliers before doing this again
Step 4: Finishing touches
The sides where I had to staple the fabric looked a little sloppy to me so I
added buttons and pipping to cover any mistakes!
Step 5: Enjoy the finished chair!!
This was really my first crafty thing I had time to do this summer and I love that now I can enjoy my rejuvenated little rocking chair in our kitchen nook!