We moved into this house from a much smaller (and newer) townhouse 6 years ago.
It was the perfect starter house; everything was new and in the three years we lived there nothing ever broke.
But, it was too small for a family of 5 and a dog and we found our “dream house” in a slightly older, much larger, single-family house with a yard out in the boondocks suburbs.
Since moving in we’ve purchased a few basic furniture items, put up two new mirrors, hung up some framed photos of The Dudes, and had all of the windows replaced.
We hired someone to paint the main floor because it looked like my children had started brush fires in the corners and rammed shopping carts into every surface at eye level and below.
That happened last summer.
I’ve only recently rehung the pictures.
And, I still don’t have curtains in most rooms.
My couch looks like it’s been sitting in an abandoned, roofless, former crack house in Detroit for the past 6 months. Right next to my accent rug.
I used to blame my kids for such things. Like, no point in getting an end table; they’ll just knock out their teeth on it. And, why bother with fancy tabletop décor and such? They’ll just pick it up and throw it on the ground. Or make it sticky.
Well, I can’t blame them anymore.
My youngest baby will turn 5 on Saturday (whine). And no body better not even think about picking up anything and throwing it anywhere.
Homie don’t play that.
In light of such, I made one of my 2013 New Year’s resolutions to do something about the craptastic state of undecorated affairs around here.
Starting with my beat up bar stools…
So gross, right?!
Not the dog silly, she’s adorable. It’s the trashy chairs I despise.
The Dudes sit in these daily to enjoy breakfast, lunch and, depending on the evening’s activities, dinner too.
That’s code for: they get put through the ringer. Climbed on, jumped off of, slid under, and used to build forts upon. I’m pretty sure that dog has even been on them once or twice.
We purchased them the same week we moved into the house but they look like we found them on the side of the road 15 years ago. We totally didn’t.
So, this weekend I put my gorilla girl, man hands to work on these bad boys and they got a facelift…
While the dog slept.
Aren’t they pretty?! I am so happy with them! And to think I nearly threw these away and purchased another whole set!
I love, love, LOVE the print! I am a little unhappy that I didn’t think to cover them with clear vinyl to keep The Dudes from sticky-ing them up, but I didn’t so instead I’ll have to control them with my yelling parenting.
Want to salvage a stool or two at your house? It’s easy (obviously, I did it)!
1. Go to the fabric store. Pick out something sturdy and fabulous to spruce up your seats. I got mine from Jo-Anne’s. It set me back $44/yard. I got one yard because I’m cheap I planned to cover two chairs. I eyeballed it. You should probably measure. That’s smarter.
2. Figure out how to take your chair apart. Mine required the removal of 6 simple screw-nail thingys. Once I took those out, cushion popped right off of the chair and was ready to be made sexy.
3. Assemble the remaining tools. All you need is the chosen fabric, a heavy duty staple gun, and whatever tools you need to take your particular chair apart (mine just required a screwdriver). Probably you should assemble these before you actually disassemble your stool.
4. Decide what you will do with current upholstery. Me? I left it on. Just cut off the hangy-bits and covered right over it. Figured this would save me tons of time provide extra cushion and comfort for bony Dude bottoms. And also? I’m lazy. Depending on the state of things, you may need to gently remove what’s already there. Loosen the nails/staples on the underside and pull up the existing covering. Or leave it. Like I did.
5. Measure fabric. Lay it flat on the floor, place cushion on top and wrap the fabric tightly around the chair. Like a pretty little gift! You will need about 3-4 inches of overhang to play with on the back side. This time it’s probably okay to eyeball it. But, be sure you have enough. It will make it easier to manipulate around the corners.
6. Speaking of corners. You may need to get creative there. You don’t want to see a bunch of bunched up bits of fabric around your seat, so take your time. Pull it tight, fold it over if necessary. As long as the top is pretty and flat, the underside isn’t much of a worry. Just wrap, pull tight, hold, and staple. And, feel free to use your staple gun with abandon (not reckless abandon, that’s too much, just standard abandon, umkay?!) it doesn’t matter if you have a lot in there. Anyone who lays on your kitchen floor and has a looksee underneath your bar stools deserves to be horrified (or impressed as the case may be).
7. Remove excess. If you’re like me and you maybe relied on your eyeballs to tell you how much fabric to use (even though I told you not to, you rebel!), you may have a bunch of excess fabric on the bottom of your chair. It’s wasteful, but cool. As long as you don’t have too little, you can just cut off the extra maybe use it to make doll dresses or dog shoes and chuck it. If you have a bunch, you probably don’t want to just leave it. As time goes it could start to fray and then you’ll have a bunch of uncomely hangy string things under your stool.
8. Reattach. Line things up, reattach seat to chair. Get ready to be amazed.
9. Be amazed! STOP LOOKING AT THE DOG. Look at the chairs! Because, hello they’re fabulous.
10. Last, but certainly not least, amaze your followers, fans, and real life friends too. Post to Facebook, share on Instagram, blog it up! Well, that’s what I do anyway.
Have some photos you’re Wordful about this week?! Link below and be sure to visit my co-host, Seven Clown Circus, and last week’s featured linkers too!
- Love this better late than never 2012 wrap up on Babies and Bacon.
- The cutest little bedtime reader I’ve seen in, um, basically forever.
- An awesome throw back photo with a note to the pictured 7 year old. Hindsight seriously is 20-20.
- And, a family with their very own sleigh?! Yes, it’s real.