Posts Tagged ‘laminated cotton’


make me pretty – a mini chair for Jasper

August 15, 2011

Jasper has his own mini Formica kitchen table and little chair. I found them at a yard sale and was so excited to update the chair. I had actually bought some other fabric for his chair, but when I had some leftover from this chair, I changed my plan.

Here is Jasper and his table and chair the day I brought it home from the yardsale.




And his adorable mini-chair re-done with the gorgeous Anna Maria Horner laminated cotton.






make me pretty – a victorian chair made kid friendly

August 3, 2011

When Courtney, from R•Home magazine, got in touch with me about doing a chair for her daughters’ lounge I had the perfect piece in mind. I had given it the nick name of the “granny chair” because with the current upholstery it looked so old (and not in a good way!) But I knew if I painted the dark wood, and put on some cool fabric, this chair would be amazing. It has such a cool shape – low to the ground, and springs in the seat that make it super comfy.

I sent Courtney this picture of the Granny Chair and she agreed to go for it. Either she really trusts me or she has a great imagination!

Courtney and I started talking about fabric. She told me the colors in the room and then she asked if I had ever reupholstered something in oil cloth. That might sound strange, but I totally understand where she was coming from! With kids you always worry about how long it will take them to destroy your furniture.

But I had a great solution in mind – laminated cotton. I had used some to re-do these outdoor chairs and it is awesome. It is thinner than oil cloth, so it’s easier to work with, but the laminate protects the fabric in a similar way.

I knew just where to go for all things oil cloth and a huge selection of laminated cotton – Modern June. Anyone can shop her Etsy store but she is conveniently located in Richmond so I arranged to pick up the fabric and save on shipping.

With all my supplies in hand I was ready to get started. I was super excited, and a little nervous, to use my new super powerful upholstery staple gun. I borrowed my “best neighbor in the world” Bill’s air compressor and got started. I was a little scared about all this new power but a couple minutes into it I was totally hooked. Power tools rock!

I cut out my fabric too big, and cut off the extra once it was stapled. It helps to have some extra fabric to pull on when you are trying to get things tight. I put all the fabric on and then glued on the trim. This makes it sound so easy but there is much more involved. I think the hardest part is getting the fabric to look smooth and the necessary creases to not be too noticeable.

Here she is all finished. I am so pleased with how it turned out! And I think Courtney is pretty happy too!

Jasper likes to try out all my chairs for me. He is a great helper!


make me pretty – ikea circa 1984

May 10, 2011

When I stumbled upon these sad chairs in the alley, waiting for the trash truck, I knew I needed to try and give them a new life. When I took off the crumbling seat cushion I discovered an old Ikea sticker. These lovelies must be Ikea circa 1984 – they have hat mid-80’s vibe to them!

Well, first I knew I needed to have new wood cut for the seats and I needed part of it to be a half circle – so I enlisted my dad since he has the proper saw. Then I went over to Quilting Adventures to pick out some laminated cotton fabric. If you haven’t seen this fabric yet it is super cool – like a cross between cotton fabric and oil cloth. It has a protective covering but is still flexible and easy to work with. I chose a pattern by Amy Butler. You can also find this fabric on Etsy.

I spray painted the chairs after tediously sanding away all the rusty bits and put new foam and fabric on my seats and ta-da! like new, cute, outdoor chairs!

Come see these guys, and me, at my open house art party this Saturday! I hope to see you there!