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Monday, July 13, 2009


Or is it re-covering? Either way, I wanted to share this great project I've been involved with. My daughter may argue that it's really HER project, and it is. I'm more of the project manager/supervisor, and was the chief seamstress in charge. She and her fiance bought a dinette set off of Craig's List, but hated the practical, but ugly, salmon pink vinyl that adorned the chairs.

Nobody remembered to take a before
picture, but here are the remnants in the trash.

After a quick trip to the fabric store (she is The Decisive Bride, after all), they returned with enough fabric for one chair. After stripping off the old vinyl (not an easy job), I showed them how to measure and make a pattern for each piece. They did the cutting out and pinning, and I sewed the pieces together. As we progressed, the pinning, and therefore the sewing, got much more accurate!

Teamwork on the Pinning

And on the stapling.

Satisfied with the first chair, they returned to the store, and bought enough for the other 3. This past weekend, the pinning, sewing and re-stapling was in high gear, and the project is really almost done. I should add that they removed the pedestal stand, and Thomas has done all the repair work and repainting on those. He's taken most of the chairs back to Tennessee for final re-assembly.

This whole project has made me grateful for thriftiness, creativity, and willingness to jump right in and try something new!

One Almost Finished Chair


Kara said...

I can't get over how adorable those are!

ginny said...

Oh WOW! Fabulous chairs, great fabric choice and impeccable re-upholstery work! Elle, tell Laura I'm super envious of her "new" dining set!

Gallery32 said...

Those turned out great! I love the fabric.

twinklescrapbooks said...

I love the fabric they picked out! What a great re-do! That is awesome all 3 of you worked as a team and now you will always have memories when you see the dining set. :)
tina said...

Very nice...I'd love to see the whole set with table...!

Jeanne said...

So cute! They'd look great in my kitchen : )

The Magpie's Daughter said...

It looks amazing! :D