Up until last Friday, I had never touched a staple gun in my life! But our breakfast nook chairs really needed some help. We have had them for about 4 years, and they have been severely abused by our 4 year old! They have (had) clear plastic on them, but that was no match for my lil guy! On several occasions, I caught him "stabbing" at the plastic with his fork… making tiny holes in the plastic…tiny holes that he then made larger, much larger, by sticking his little toddler fingers into and then pulling with all his might! He has spilled drinks, food and who knows what else on these poor chairs. Slowly, but surely, the plastic covering meant to protect them started peeling back, exposing the cream colored fabric underneath. Well, it use to be cream colored, now portions were DIRT colored, for lack of a better word. Yep, something needed to be done!
I have a Facebook friend named Jackie, she is an awesome lady, sweet as can be and oh-so-crafty! She is always refinishing/refurbishing something. We both love thrift stores and antiques! She does not know it (well, she does now!) but she was my inspiration for taking on my first DIY project. I decided last week, that I would attempt to reupholster the chairs! I went to my local thrift store to hunt down some fabric and I found a great pattern that I immediately liked. I bought it and then headed to Home Depot to purchase some staples for hubby's staple gun. I found them and drove home excited to begin my project.
It only took me about half an hour to figure out how to open up the staple gun and load up the staples in it! LOL! I had removed the cushions from the chairs the day before and removed all the staples that were already in it, then I removed the clear plastic and threw all of it away…good riddance!
First thing I did was measure how much material I would need for each cushion, really easy. Then I cut out the first square. I looked at the cushion to see how it was originally covered. They attached the sides first, then the ends, so I decided to do the same. I pulled the material taut and fired off the first staple. It was a bit tougher than I thought it would be, had to muster up all my Mommy Powers to pull the trigger! The staples did not quite go all the way in, so I got a hammer and banged 'em in! No biggie!
I repeated this for all the cushions, and I think they came out really well! After I was done, I felt really good about myself! I had set out to do something and I followed through and did it. I took pics along the way, (of course!). I knew this was something I would want to share with y'all! Tell me what you think! I think they look cute and I am so glad I stepped out of my comfort zone and did something I had never done before!
What DIY projects have You completed? Leave me a comment, I'd love to hear about it!
Never stop using your Mommy Powers,