Saturday, May 28, 2011

Upholstery class update

I'm sorry I haven't kept up with updates. I forgot my camera for the last class! A couple of weeks ago I brought the chair home and spray primed and painted the frame.
My chair had great foam on it, so I didn't take that off before painting.  The paint doesn't affect the foam though, so that is not a problem.  Also, I had ONE day of good weather for painting (you'll notice the after picture is in the garage, because it was raining again!).  Normally you would sand, prime, sand, paint, sand, and paint again.  But since rain was in the forecast for most of the week, I sanded before priming, and then painted two coats.  So hopefully my finish will stick.  Lucky, this isn't really a chair that gets used, so I think it will be okay.
Since I didn't have my camera in the last class, I am directing you to Lesley's blog post about the last class. You can see some great action shots!  :-)
Also, I am really loving Beth's antique settee she is recovering (it was her grandma's, and this is her 3rd upholstery session working on it, but she is finally getting the fabric on!), and Laura's yellow chair.  She has a great blue and white ikat fabric that I am coveting (even though it wouldn't go anywhere in our house.  Time for a redo??)

Thursday, May 26, 2011

A little celebration

In our family, whenever one of the kids has some type of fun achievement at school, we like to celebrate as a family by taking them to do something fun. Usually the reward is a family trip to the ice cream store, or the movie theater. Nothing too fancy.
Emma was the winner of her class spelling bee, and today she competed in the first grade spelling bee. She got 5th place in her grade, and along with her AMAZING report card, we thought she deserved a celebration.
After dinner tonight, Elliott asked her what she would like to do to celebrate. After a little bit of back and forth between everyone, Emma finally came up with a suggestion:
"A cruise?"

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Bike Rally

Sophie had a bike rally at her school on Tuesday. Her old bike was too small, so we checked out bikes online, and found one we liked for $80. Then, my friend Lisa saw that her neighbor was going to be selling the same bike for $10 at a garage sale the next day. Score!

This bike is much easier for Sophie to ride, in fact, I think we may take the training wheels off this weekend, if we can get a clear day.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The cooking and cleaning are done...

...which means I can get on to the sewing.  In this case, I'm counting the upholstery class I'm currently taking.

Not too much happened at the last class, other than getting started on the un-upholstering.  I spent the whole 2.5 hours taking staples out of my chair, and I'm still not done.  It was painful, as there are a lot of staples in this chair!  Here are a few progress pics:

The first thing to come off was the underside of the chair.  My in-laws had the set of these chairs for many years before I go this one.  They have even been recovered once.  But the springs and padding are still in great shape.  I don't think I will need to replace any of it.
 When I peeled back the fabric on the outer back of the chair, we found burlap underneath.  I think this helps strengthen the back, so I assume I will be replacing it.  If you enlarge the photo, you can see lots of staples on the little table.  There are tons more on the floor.
 The back is completely off!
For more info on taking a reupholstery class with our amazing teacher Shelley Lear, click here

And to see more pictures from our first class, visit my classmate Lesley's awesome blog.

Tuesday, May 03, 2011


You can just go ahead and award me "geek of the year" right now, because I am overflowing with excitement.  Last week I signed up for an upholstery class that starts tomorrow night and I am so excited I can hardly stop thinking about it.
I have been wanting to take this upholstery class for over a year now, but with my pregnancy sickness, then being hugely pregnant, then having a baby too young to leave (who wouldn't and still doesn't take a bottle, silly boy!), and lately Elliott's crazy schedule, it just hasn't been in the cards.  However, the start of the class coincided with a little lull (we hope) for Elliott, so I quickly paid my fee and got myself signed up.
 This is the chair I will be recovering:
 It was passed on to me by my in-laws when they sold their condo here.  After I do the fabric tear-down, I plan to bring it home to paint the wood a different color.
This is the fabric I am hoping to use:
It is from the Joel Dewberry "Ginseng" collection, which is no longer being made.  I actually bought it last year, on sale for $3 a yard!!  It is home dec weight, but not necessarily upholstery weight (that is generally a little heavier), so hopefully my instructor will give it the a-okay. 
I hope this is the start of a fun new hobby.  Check back this weekend for a report on the first class.