When a bee leaves the pack

Say what you will about suburbs and their houses parked right next to each other- but if you like your neighbors and are cool with everyone hearing you yell at your kids then this suburban life may be perfect for you. And I have to say, I love our suburban neighborhood! The b’s that live within a two block radius of me are all super cool gals who like to drink as much as myself, and are nice enough to let us into their homes and tell them what they need to redecorate. But all of this is to say, we are losing one of our neighborhood b’s. Our neighbor Jacqueline is moving to North Carolina for a super job promotion for her husband. And as much as we will all miss Jacq, we know that she will love being back in NC where they lived before moving out to Colorado.

Jacqueline and her family are moving into a brand new, sure-to-be-gorgeous home in NC. I’m sure she will have beautiful white trim throughout the house, a brick front, and maybe even a rocking chair front porch. Those are the things I miss about eastern US houses compared to what they build out here in Colorado. But what better going away gift to bestow upon Jacq than a custom Suburban Bees piece of furniture! For this piece, we started with this beauty of a chair that I picked up at a garage sale for $45:

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The first step in remaking this chair was to remove all of the old fabric, and the 1 million staples that were holding the fabric to the chair. Finally, after blisters and cursing, the chair was down to it’s birthday suit.

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We didn’t tell Jacq that we were making this chair for her but we did know one thing, Jacqueline LOVES Tiffany blue. We decided to make the frame of the chair as close to Tiffany blue as we could find in a can of spray paint. The color we ended up going with was the color Seaside in a Rustoleum paint.

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As for the fabric, a bold black and off white print was chosen (Richloom Dixon). As for the upholstery part of this project, it really was pretty simple.

Staple fabric to the backside of the top cushion

Staple fabric to the backside of the top cushion

Next, staple old existing foam cushion to the frame and then cover with fabric and staple fabric onto frame.

Next, staple old existing foam cushion to the frame and then cover with fabric and staple fabric onto frame.

Pull fabric tight over the bottom cushion and staple to the frame. Also cover both arm pads with fabric and staple.

Pull fabric tight over the bottom cushion and staple to the frame. Also cover both arm pads with fabric and staple.

In terms of upholstery simplicity, the easiest project is recovering chair cushions that you can staple on the bottom. If you’ve already mastered that then I encourage to take on a project like this chair. Most of the covering of the cushions is accomplished by stapling the fabric onto the wooden frame of the chair, much like you do when you recover a chair cushion. There were some tricky parts on this chair when covering the cushion and going around the base of the chair arms, but nothing that a beginner couldn’t handle. Then to cover up all those staples that show you need to make double welt cording. A fancy name but really not that hard to make. There are plenty of tutorials online for this, here is the one I used. And once you’ve got the cording made, all you do is attach it to the fabric using hot glue or fabric glue.

Double welt cording will cover all of your staples

Double welt cording will cover all of your staples

Such a fun little trick to cover all those staples! So if you see one of these chairs hanging out at a garage sale or thrift store, pick it up! It is such a fun chair to make your own! And Jacq, I can’t wait to come visit the new house and see where this baby ends up!!!

Not bad for a day's work

Not bad for a day’s work

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Total cost for project:

Chair: $45

Fabric: 3 yards at $10 a yard = $30 (and I probably could have gotten by with 2 1/2 yards)

Spray Paint: 2 cans at $4 a can= $8

Cording: 6 yards at $0.25 a yard = $1.50

Total= $84.50

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4 Responses to When a bee leaves the pack

  1. Julia says:

    I’m trying to re-upholster a chair not too different from this, but I need new foam – any recommendations?

    • Erin says:

      Hi Julia,
      My only advice for new foam would be to check a local craft store like JoAnn’s or Michaels. They usually have foam that you can cut to the correct size for your chair. Unfortunately foam is never cheap. Good luck!

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  3. Mikini says:

    That chair is simply gorgeous!

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