Are you ready for me to finish these chairs or what?
On my last post I had finished the chair and just needed to recover the cushion.
Well that's what I thought!
I did it and and set it in place, and I was horrified.
It didn't fit!!!
There was a big gap between the back of the chair and the back of the cushion.
And an even bigger gap on the sides by the arms.
And the front piping/cording looked all crappy and wavy, not to mention it was short on the front edge!!
I knew I wouldn't be able to live with this crappy cushion!!!!
I really wanted to keep the insides of the cushions because these cushions had coils in them. Those coils will outlast any new fangeled foam.
So I went to the Internet in search of tips and tricks. I could not find any thing about coiled cushions. But I found this video, and it helped a lot.
Here is what I did differently the second time:
1. This first time I cut the top and bottom and side pieces from each original piece. So they were all slightly different. The second time I cut the side band as a long even 4 inch strip. I cut the top and the bottom from the same pattern, so they were exactly the same size and shape.
2. I bought new cotton cording, instead of reusing the old cardboard cording. I also opted to use the same fabric for the piping as the rest of the chair instead of contrasting.
3. I used the tips from the above video, especially with the corners and I didn't pin anything this time, which proved to work much better. I also started in the the middle and front of the cushion and sewed to the back center along each side.
Once I started, I had to see it through and stayed up until 1am.
Then came the moment of truth, would it fit?!
Why yes it did!
Yes, at 1am I was doing the happy dance all around the office.
Check it out!!
It fits much better and looks much better!!!
I am so proud of myself!!
Here's a before and after!!
What do you think?
Not bad for my second upholstery project?
I think I might be getting the hang of this.
Another view of before and after!
OK, lets take a look up close at some of the details.
Bitter sweet moment:
I successfully had finished one chair!
Now I had to do it all over again on the second chair!
Here's a picture to prove I prevailed!
My lovely new chairs side by side.
So what did these lovelies cost me?
$80 ($40 each) purchased from DI
$25 fabric from Walmart
$16 decorative nails from Lowe's
$3 Cording from fabric store
Total $124 for both chairs
or $62 per chair!!!!
That is soooo the Batchelors Way!!!!
Tell me what you think?
How much do you think I saved?
How much would it have cost to go by two new comparable chairs?
This room is really starting to come together.
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