Welcome back to my One Room Challenge – finishing up all the loose ends of a room redesign!
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I’ve been working on my family room that has been in progress for at least six months since Mark and I decided the holiday season was a fine time to rip apart and remodel our fireplace and built-ins. The 6 week ORC commitment was the perfect motivation to get this room completely done and actually enjoy the space instead of redesigning it endlessly in my head!!!!
Last week I talked about new pillows (in case you missed it, here’s the tutorial for the painted one), linen curtains I pilfered from my living room windows, and the new rug we scored for 70% off (still on sale by the way!!!).
This week let’s talk about the two floral club chairs that we brought with us from our last home.
The bold floral was fun for the past decade, but it was worn and shabby in some areas, and the colors were not in keeping with the light palette I’m going for in this house. The cushions were also really uncomfortable and it was time to do something with them. I emailed these photos above to 5 upholsterers in the Boston area, and the quotes for the labor alone were upwards of $1000 each (thanks to all those darn nailheads I’m guessing!), so I decided to take a crack at reupholstering them myself with visions of all this neutral loveliness in mind……
I’ve covered millions of dining room chairs, headboards, and benches over the years, but I’ve never tackled an upholstery project this big. Armed with blog tutorials and YouTube videos, I took the chairs apart and reupholstered them one at a time. I also had new seat cushions and covers made because you know the sewing machine and I have a cantankerous relationship.
This is the fabric I went with (Luxury Denton in Linen), an 80% cotton/20% rayon blend that can take a beating.
I chose this fabric because I used a coordinating fabric from the same line (Zippy Cloud Denton) on my dining room chairs that we use every day, and I knew it was hard wearing and scrubbable.
(I did these chairs a couple of years ago, right around the time everyone started saying how chevron was so OUT. I liked it in small doses then, and still do today, so go with what YOU like and forget about what is supposedly in or out!)
Back to the family room club chairs. I’m mostly really pleased with how they came out!
Except….for re-installing the nailhead.
This is where the whole “finishing up the last 20%” comes in. I am not a perfectionist but if I’m going to do a DIY or home improvement project, I might as well make it awesome, not just kind-of-awesome. Right??
Well, when I was dismantling the chairs, I discovered that nailheads are incredibly difficult to remove without bending the actual tack.
That means when they get re-installed, they don’t go in straight unless you fix them first by holding each and every nail with pliers and moving the head with a second set of pliers. These chairs EACH have around 300 nailheads so you can imagine how long and tedious the task of straightening them is!! I should have just bought new nailheads. Or chairs 🙂 *banging head against wall*
I wouldn’t even bother to re-install the nailheads if they were just decorative, but in the case of my chairs they actually hold a piece of fabric onto the chair and hide the edges of this piece. (Let’s just take a moment to enjoy how nice that boring beige fabric is compared to the old one. Ahhhhhh the freedom of neutrals!!!!!!)
It’s a beast to align those stinkers, especially if the nails aren’t perfectly straight! I have done this arm TWICE and have already started taking the nailheads out again. Mark did one arm when I got insanely frustrated, and then he gave up too.
Except for these tricky final pieces, let’s pretend the chairs are done. I’m not sure if I’m going to attempt the nailhead again or possibly have pieces that are trimmed with welting, like on the edges of the seat cushion, made and somehow attach them without nailheads. It’ll be a big surprise for all of us.
Oh the drama of DIY!!!!!!!!!
So here we are with only TWO weeks left in the One Room Challenge and a long list of to-dos!
THE LAST 20% HIT LIST
Finish reupholstering the two chairs (humor me that I crossed this off) Lighten up and bring some blues to our brown leather couch (pillows, throw, check)
Finish the art project for over the couch (did you see this post about an unexpected source for large scale art?)
Figure out what else is going on the walls
Build or buy doors for the lower shelves of the bookcases for hidden storage
Style the bookcases
Rug – Pillows – Curtains
Buy a new coffee table
Check out the 20 One Room Challenge designers on Wednesdays at Calling It Home, and the 200 or so linking participants on Thursdays! There is so much inspiration around the blogosphere at the moment!!