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zeborah ([personal profile] zeborah) wrote2016-11-19 09:27 pm

In which she re-upholsters a stool

I originally made this stool in woodwork class about 26 years ago. I got the fabric from Mum, and I remember her pointing out ruefully that I used the wrong side of it. I disagreed: whatever the manufacturer had intended, I much preferred it this way out.

26 years later the fabric has faded and worn and frayed. And then it got in the way of my cat dealing with an upset stomach and I tried cleaning it, but well. So before I went to shop for new fabric I asked Mum if, by any chance, she still had any of that fabric.

My family is a family of hoarders. I really shouldn't have doubted.

So I unscrewed the base, pried out the staples holding the old fabric on, and on my next visit to my parents used Dad's staplegun to affix the new fabric. (I even managed to ward off Dad's attempts to Help. It wasn't that hard.) Then just put the screws back in.

Not that hard, but stunning results:
Stool upholstered in blue/green/yellow maybe-damask-like pattern or something, I don't really know fabrics
Pictured is the stool with its new fabric, and on the left the faded old fabric for comparison (its corner turned over to show the "correct" side). That should do me for another quarter century, and there's still plenty of fabric left over for when that time comes.
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[personal profile] brooksmoses 2016-11-19 08:29 am (UTC)(link)
Indeed, yes, whatever the manufacturer intended, I concur that you've used it the appropriate side visible!
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[personal profile] heleninwales 2016-11-19 02:24 pm (UTC)(link)
Whichever way round you prefer is the correct way round. Re the hoarding, I struggle to find a middle way between drowning in stuff and getting rid of something that I might need some time in the future.