Most of you know by now that no matter how much I want to be crafty, I’m just not. I really desire to be, I love so many DIY projects that I come across, I even “pin” them and have a big vision for re-doing the decor in my house. The problem is that I don’t have a crafting bone in my body. Desire and skill just don’t work well together within me.
However, that doesn’t mean that I don’t try every once in a while! Some of my crafts and DIY get thrown in the trash while others actually turn out alright, even if it takes me 6 times as long to finish them than what the instructions say it should take. I really wanted to do an overhaul on a chair that was given to our kids from their great-grandma – it was her chair in 1938!
It was covered in a red velvet material and as we all know with toddlers, it began to show signs of messes and stains.
I had heard that a lady from our Care Group was awesome at reupholstering and DIY projects, therefore, I enlisted Gena’s help to completely overhaul the rocking chair. I realize that part of my problem with crafting and DIY is laziness. I’d rather spend time with my family than work on a project that I don’t necessarily have the skills or knowledge for, especially if I hit some trouble or it’s not looking as expected. However, I also know that I am so much more willing to do it if I have accountability and someone to learn from so I was eager to partner with Gena for such an undertaking.
First, I had to be honest with her and tell I knew nothing about crafting, DIY stuff, or reupholstery. She laughed at me. This is a common reaction to me so I didn’t mind.
Then she asked if I wanted to refinish the wood in addition to reupholstering. I told her we’d do whatever she thought was best. Sidebar: Never tell a pro at DIY crafts to just do what they think is best! It will result in days of sanding and exponentially increase the time associated with the project. On the flip side, however, is that she was absolutely right – it was the best thing to do even if it took a lot more work.
We took off all the existing fabric and stuffing, which was actually hay and cloth instead of foam padding. We kept those fabric pieces as templates for the new fabric.
Then we fixed some of the wood and sanded, and sanded, and sanded…. and sanded some more… and so on. Finally we stained it and put polyurethane on it.
After the wood framing of the rocking chair was done, we drew & cut the templates from the new fabric. We attached jute to the seat bottom and back and inserted foam padding before starting the final stages of attaching the fabric.
I let Claire pick out the fabric for the chair since she is the one who usually sits in it. It’s really pretty, here is the finished project! Ta-da!!!!
I’m so grateful to Gena’s tutelage throughout, I learned so much during this DIY project and I’m pretty proud of myself too! I think it looks absolutely fantastic, and I totally love it!
What do you think? Have you had a large project that you didn’t know what you were doing but came under the expertise of someone to learn? I’d love to hear your stories of success with DIY projects!