I’m pretty pleased with how she turned out…
I have had this chair for over a year now and came very close to giving it back to my mom when I decided that I hated the old, dingy fabric too much and could not justify the expense of having it professionally reupholstered.
Note that I said “professionally” reupholstered.
**I am, by No means, a professional upholsterer. I am learning and this is my first project. But I am REALLY pleased with my first project and how it turned out!
I fell in love with this fabric when I saw it at JoAnn’s in the outdoor fabric section. Then I spent well over an hour debating on whether or not to buy it because I knew that this chair would be in my office, which is the very first room that you see when you walk into our home. And nowhere in my office (or anywhere else in our house…) will you see bright pink, lime green or elephants.
But I loved it. And I kept going back to it and telling myself that this is MY chair for MY home office. It’s not going in our family room. My husband will not have to sit in it or be embarrassed when his friends are over and have to sit in a girly pink and green elephant chair while they watch NBA playoffs. It’s mine. And I absolutely love it.
The point in all of this is that I wasted well over an hour of my precious time that day and ended up leaving empty handed because I doubted my own instincts on what I am drawn to and what visually makes me happy. A week after I returned to JoAnn’s and committed to this eclectic pink elephant fabric, I am nothing but thrilled with it!
Trust your gut. Trust your instincts. Trust your style.
And in the end, what’s the worst that could happen? I spent all of $15 total on this fabric and trim. If I had messed it up or decided when it was all said and done that I hated it, then I’m out $15 and I learned a little bit more about what I like and don’t like. And I could have started all over.
But thankfully, that was not the case! I absolutely adore it and plan on using it every single day.
Now, just to be honest, there are a few things that I have to point out that are not ideal about this upholstery job. I used too much hot glue in lots of different places, I have some stray staples showing, I cut the fabric too short in 2 places and I did not sand and refinish the wood to get all of those dings and scratches out from the years of use that this piece has seen.
And there is a reason for all of these “mishaps” being left.
One. I am still digging the “distressed” look, at least for now. I’m pretty sure that it’s going to get “old” (get it, old…distressed…pun intended 🙂 sooner than later, but with this style of chair, I’m pretty confident that it’s gonna stay that way for a while longer.
Two. I’m trying to embrace the “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful” philosophy that The Nesting Place so beautifully embraces in her new book. I am NOT a perfectionist. Done. Beautiful. Not perfect, not professional, but beautiful. And again, I love it.
And three…I have 4 children, a giant black lab and small white Schnauzer/Maltese who has earned the nickname “dirty Gert” for very good reasons…She loves dirt…And she also LOVES to sit by the window in my office. Enough said. I will NEVER be able to have pristine upholstery in my house, but I am pretty attached to all the dirt-lovers in my house so I have learned to be content with muddy paw prints and sticky fingerprints on pretty much everything in our home.
So that’s pretty much it for my first Lemonaide Abode project! This one will not be one that I sell but it is one that I will enjoy for a while. And hopefully, it will have made me a little bit better at doing something that I’ve always wanted to learn to do. The current project that I’m working on WILL be for sale, so keep following along and see where this thing is headed!
Make some Lemonaide today, friends!