Saturday, June 23, 2012

Re-covered Stools

So, I finally took the plunge and ordered the French Country style stools I've been wanting for several years, so that our home can actually start looking French Country-ish in real life and not just in my imagination. 

These are not them.

This photo doesn't do justice to the stains on this seat.

I would like to sell the old stools on the local, online classifieds, but the fabric was in shambles. And by shambles, I mean disgusting.  That's what happens when you have three little pigs eating at home several times a day, every day of the week.

I guess quilting cotton isn't cut out for this kind of abuse.

Looks like someone took the marker to this one.  Nice.

Sadly, I had already re-covered them once with a beautiful Amy Butler print which I had the forethought to protect by adhering iron-on laminate onto.  This worked for a while.  But eventually, the laminate started peeling and cracking off until it was better to just rip the rest off than leave it there.

Taking the seat off couldn't be easier. Just four screws.

Pry the old staples off with a small, flat head screwdriver and little pliers.

Cut fabric around seat approx. 2 in. bigger and re-staple onto under side of chair.  I skipped any helpful photos of this process like many videos I look up on YouTube when I need help, that take up ten minutes to watch but cleverly skip the most difficult part and show you the beautiful end result.  No. I just forgot to take a picute.  My hands were full.

I bought this black Parisian writing fabric at JoAnn a while back.  I thought it might be an OK compromise.  I didn't want to bother with the laminate again and I figured, this fabric would at least hide the stains much better.  None of that matters now, except for the fact that I needed to re-cover them in order to sell them.

The new stools arrived yesterday. They are lovely, feature a rush seat and cost me an arm and a leg. Needless to say, the three little piggies won't be sitting on them until I have the time to make some protective cushions for them. I'm going to try the laminate again, but not iron-on this time.


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