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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Pirate Room - Window Seat Cover

Who doesn't love a window seat?  
They seem to say come curl up in this cozy sunny spot! 
I think the Pirate Room window seat is no exception!  
(So do my boys!)
As you know the actually seat is made from a dresser 
we bought at Salvation Army for $45. 
We built around it making it look built in.  
Then we added paint and new handles. 
 But it still needed something.  
Something soft!  

The dresser was 5 feet long which made finding foam hard.  
Foam was sold in a long roll
(which was way longer than I needed
or 3' lengths.  
It was cheaper to buy two short pieces than one long one. 
 in true Batchelor Way
 I went for the short pieces 
realizing I would have to figure out latter how to connect them.

I did figure it out so let me share.  
I used 1 inch high density foam.  
(I had only about 1 1/2" between the bench top and window trim, thus I chose 1" thick foam.)
I wanted the two pieces of foam to stay together
 even with the wear and tear of people siting on it. 
I started with spray adhesive.  
I just glued them together and held them in place for a few minutes. 
(If you look close in the photo above you can see the yellow glue line.)  
Next, I drew lines and cut my foam to the exact size I wanted.
An electric knife works great for this.  
It cuts the foam like butter in a nice straight line.

The spray glue seamed to be working great,
 but I wanted extra protection.
(Remember this is a boys room!)
I covered the seam with what else,
(Duct tape can be used any where, can't it?)
It's been almost two months and you still can't tell where the joint is in the foam!


Next, I turned my attention to
 "What should I cover it with?"
I wanted something 
and bright 
to counter the dark paint. 
Sounds easy, no?
 if you have a big budget, 
but this is Batchelors Way
 it needed to be cheap!!
After a bit of searching,
I finally found this orange stripe fabric remnant for $5. 
But when I got it home,
 I found it was just a few inches too short.  
No problem, 
I had some left over fabric from my living room pillows which matched almost perfectly. 
I just added a small strip to each end. 
 So far no one has noticed.

Before putting the new fabric cover on the foam,
 I wrapped the foam in batting 
and sewed the batting edges together by hand.

To finish it I just slipped the cover I made on and whipped stitched it in shut. 
 (I probably should have put a zipper on it,
 but I didn't have one that big and I was being lazy.
(I did spray it with scotch guard though!)

That's it! 
 I just love it. 
 It was the perfect color and pattern to complete the room and cozy window seat.
Oh, I almost forgot about the cute navy and white ships wheel pillow.  
It added just the right touch of unexpected color and pirate whimsy. 
 I got it for $7 at NPS.

What do you think?  
I just love your comments, 
some days they are the only positive things I hear!! 
(Mothers you know what I mean.)
 Thanks in advance!

And thanks for stopping by!

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Les said...

Mm, Mm, Mm, you are so talented. Sometimes I forget how you engeniously do things until I see it explained on you blog. You're awesome.

dee dee said...

You are amazing! I need to make a window seat cushion for the kids window seat in their "loft" upstairs.. but it is so big, that I've been super cheap about making one! Love your room and pillow too!
dee dee

Anonymous said...

What a great project! I love your ingenuity in solving hiccups along the way.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I just never get tired of seeing this amazing room. It really belongs in a magazine for all to enjoy. Just incredible. Love the seat.

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

Love this room and window seat. So many great details. I'm off to take a closer look!

Rhonda @ home.made. said...

That room is incredible! Everything is perfect, from the beds to the dresser window seat to the bookshelves...


Brandy~GreyLaneHome said...

This entire space is wonderful. Here visiting from WOW.

Unknown said...

I'm in awe of your (and your hubby's) talent! The whole pirate room is fantastic!!!! Often times frugal LOOKS frugal, but not with you!!! You end up with a classy look on a dime!! Can't decide which is my favorite feature of the pirate room, the closet doors? the built-in book-case-windowseat? the mind-blowing beds? Too hard to choose.

And your son that does the make-up? WOW!!!
Kudos to you!