The gorgeous weather inspired us to wash our cars this weekend. But instead of doing everything together, we take turns. C does all of the soaping and scrubbing, and my job is to rinse and dry.
While he was washing six months of dirt off my car, I started on a little project. I have a folding chair that my family has owned since I was little.
I don’t know why I haven’t thrown it away. It is ugly, old and starting to rust. I took it from my parents when I went to college to use as a computer chair. I’ve had movers every time I’ve moved so I haven’t had to do any extra work to keep lugging it around. And the extra seating comes in handy when we have a lot of people over.
So instead of throwing it away, I gave it a make over. In the time it took C to get my car clean, I was able to unscrew the back and bottom cushion. After I popped them off, I took a quick break to dry my car. He decided to vacuum his car so I had extra time before he needed my help. I went back inside to cover the cushions. I didn’t bother taking off the old fabric or adding extra batting. It’s a folding chair. It doesn’t need to be comfortable.
My first try at attaching the new fabric was to staple it down. I don’t know how I was able to staple into a solid wood chair, but not into particle board. The staples didn’t even go halfway in.
I tried hammering them down, but they would not budge. So I took out the staples and glued it down. I didn’t bother measuring or making sure the pattern was perfectly centered. It’s a folding chair. It doesn’t need to be aligned.
As you can see, I didn’t even cut it down to size before I started. No planning. I just wanted it done fast. I didn’t have enough fabric so I had to sew some pieces together for the seat back. Luckily, a solicitor corned C into a 10 minute conversation about re-sealing the roof which bought me more time. I used a combination of spray glue and glue gun to hold the fabric down since it was curved. I was cutting a little too fast and furious, and accidentally cut too much off. I didn’t do a fit check to see where the frame would hide the seam. Using ribbon, I was able to hide the unfinished edges.
In between all of the glue gunning, I was running to the back yard to spray paint the metal frame. I sanded the rust off and gave it a few coats of gloss white paint. C obviously washes his car more meticulously than mine, because I was able to finish most of the chair by the time I had to dry his car.
I waited until the next day reassemble everything so the paint could dry. After the cushions were popped back in and the screws were tightened down, I had a new folding chair.
As you can see, I used the same fabric as the other chairs I reupholstered. I forgot to take a closer picture, but you can see a little bit of green peaking through the seat back. That’s where I had to cover the unfinished edges.