Re-Covering A Seat Cushion

Re-Covering A Seat Cushion

Keeping in mind my massive 2014 ‘TO DO” list for the home, I’m getting ready to start making some little changes here and there to the home. I’ve really been wanting to re-cover the chair cushions in my dining room. It’s a really easy project to do but I do suggest having someone else there to help you! (I’ll explain why)

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 Our dining room table set was a house warming gift from the In-Laws when we first purchased our home in 2012. I love our dining room table  but I wasn’t the biggest fan of the fabric on the seat cushions. Fast forward 2 years later….I’ve lived with it and now I knew what I wanted. I knew that I wanted something with gray in the fabric to tie in with the future changes I would be making to this space. I went to a local fabric warehouse to search for my new fabric. I didn’t want to go to Joann’s or any other places because I wanted to do this project for as little money as I could. The local fabric warehouse I go to has a huge variety of different fabrics and a major discounted price. They have designer fabrics that they get in their warehouse. They get these expensive fabrics for at cost from the fabric mills when they are selling off the ‘extra’ fabric that they have. When I wanted to re-upholster one of my couches I went to the Fabric Warehouse where I was able to get 10 yards of really nice fabric for $7.99/yard compared to $30/yd if I went to a retailer, like Joann’s. 

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This is the fabric that I ended up with. It is a strong upholstery fabric, great for seat cushions that get a lot of use! This is a fabric that Crate & Barrel uses and I got it for $8.99/yard. I needed 2 yards for this project and my total cost was under $20.00 to re-cover 4 chair seat cushions. 

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The first step was removing the seat cushion from the chair. It was very simple, I just had to un-screw 4 screws from the bottom and volia! Your done! My next step was to cut the fabric to fit the new seat cushion. What I did was lay the seat cushion on top of the fabric and I folded over the fabric onto the seat cushion to see how much fabric I needed in order to wrap it around the seat cushion. Repeat 3 times until you have all of your cuts done. 

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 Once you  have all of your fabric ready you are now ready to staple your fabric to the seat cushion. I did not remove the old fabric rather to save time and I’m sure a huge headache, I just simply stapled the new fabric over the old. Stapling of the fabric to the seat cushion does require 2 people. It’s best if you have one person holding and pulling the fabric while the other staples! (Thank you Amy for your help!!). 

What I did was staple the fabric in the middle of the top and bottom of the seat cushion to hold it in place and then we just went around the entire seat cushion until it was completed. We did take our time folding the fabric at the corners to have a clean corner. It’s kind of like wrapping up a present. Once you do a few you will have it down pat for the next cushions. Once you have stapled the entire seat cushion you should have ‘left over’ fabric. Simply, just trim the extra fabric off with scissors. 

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Once you are done with all of your seat cushions, simply just put them back on the chairs and then look at the amazing job you did! 

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 In total this project cost under $20.00 and it took Amy and I about an hour from start to finish. If I ever want to recover the cushions again I would just remove the new fabric and do the same process again, leaving the original fabric on the seat cushion!

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Days of the Week Clothes Pins

I’m really looking forward to this new year and completing all these little projects I have stored up in my head. I thought I would get a head start on one of my projects, though it is not complete. BUT I can’t help but share it with you now because then maybe I will complete this little DIY project,sooner rather than later. 
 
It’s just the husband and I plus two dogs in the household and sometimes meal planning gets a bit tricky. We work different hours from each other but we do get to have dinner together some nights during the week, which is really nice. I’m the type of person that enjoys sleeping a little bit longer in the morning and I fail to give myself ample time in the morning to do anything but get dressed and get out the door. It would be ideal to plan what we will have for dinner the night before but after a long day of work, if your like me, you just want to relax. We often are trying to figure out what the heck we are going to make that evening during the day, which I don’t like. 
 
So what’s the solution? I’m going to make a little menu display for us. We decided that we are going to plan our meals for the entire week on Saturdays (or Fridays) that way when I go grocery shopping either on Saturday or Sunday I know what items to purchase. I want to display the meals we intend to make in a place that will be seen. I don’t want that out of sight out of mind scenario to kick in. I’ve seen some pretty cool chalk board menu boards, but I really don’t want to deal with purchasing chalk and wiping down the board every week, I want simple. 
 
My first step to completing this project was to create Days of the Week clothes pin. The clothes pins will be used to hold up what ever meal we are cooking that night (printed on paper of course)  I had played around with making labels and/or magnets too but then clothes pins entered my mind. I purchased white clothes pins from Meijer for $2.99 which is pretty good. The rest of the materials I used, I already had. I wanted to dress up the clothes pins and label them so what do you do? Washi Tape of course!
 
All I did was put a strip of Washi Tape on the clothes pin and made a label to go over it. It literally only took about 10 minutes to do all 7. It was quick, easy and best of all s.i.m.p.l.e. 
 
Oh and if you love labeling things as much as I do, I highly suggest getting an awesome labeler. I got mine from Amazon and you can purchase it by clicking here.
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Washi Tape Outlet Covers

Do you have a Washi Tape obsession? I know I do! If you love crafts then you know what Washi Tape is…if you don’t know I highly suggest you start googling’ it and looking for it on Pinterest! I’m slowing building up my Washi Tape supply and I’m having fun with it.

Today I would like to share with you my D.I.Y. Washi Tape outlet’s! These outlets are in my office. I thought this was a lot of fun and super easy to do. Even better, it’s not permanent!
All I did was take off the outlet covers, wipe them down real good, chose my Washi Tape and taped on!

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