Office Chair: Recovered

I’ve been wanting to recover my tired, sad looking office chair for a looong time and finally found the time to do it! Below are the steps I followed if you’re interested. Anyways, I’m pretty excited about!

before and after

Materials needed:

  • Staple gun
  • Flat head screwdriver
  • Needle nosed pliers
  • Needle & thread
  • Heavy weight (cotton) fabric

materials needed

This project was actually pretty fun and didn’t take too much time at all!

First things first- take the chair apart! (be sure to keep the hardware with corresponding parts).

Next- take a flat head sqrewdriver to losen the fabric on the back of each cushion. Once it’s loose enough- you should be able to pull the rest off by hand. (Keep the backing from the back cushion since you’ll need it later).

pliersUse the needle nosed pliers to remove any extra staples.

Next position the fabric over the cushions so you know where to cut.

Starting from each corner, use a staple gun to attach the fabric to the cushion.

After the initial staples are set – complete the corners as shown above. (uhhmm…excuse my gnarly cuticles-ew!).

Cut off the excess, but make sure to leave at least a 1/2 inch around the edge.

For the bottom cushion, you can use some scraps to cover up the seams and exposed wood. It’s ok to be rough with this since it won’t be seen. (I just wanted to contain the seems so they wouldn’t be sticking out). Also-It’s not shown in the photo, but make sure to cut small slits where the screws will be placed.

Next  attach the bottom to the base of the chair.

Now for the remaining steps of the back cushion. Use the old backing as a template, leaving 1-1/2 inch extra around. Again- make sure to cut small slits for the screws.

Place the new cover over the back cushion to make sure it will cover all the staples.  You may have to adjust things a bit to get it to fit just right.

Next- sew the seam of the cover by hand or machine.

Place the cover on the back of the cushion and place the screws in to keep it in place.

Fold in the edge and pin to cushion.

This is the most time consuming part, but worth it. You’ll need to sew the cover to the cushion by hand. Use a short and strong needle and thread! (I had to switch out my thread because it kept snapping).

The attached cover to the back of the cushion.

Final step! Attach the back to the chair.

Voila! (I decided to leave the arm rests off since I never really use them and I think it looks better).


Kitchen Reno: weeks 9-10

We’re back in action folks! Lots to share and as you can see- it’s almost coming to an end….minus the painting. Anyways- the photos will speak for themselves! Enjoy!!

Here’s Jim (our contractor) installing the framing for the soffit! Yay soffit!!!

hmmm…. I don’t think he wanted to be “documented”..oh well…”smile Carlos”!

Soffit, lights, and sheet rock: check.

Next up: Drywall.

Voila! we have FLAT walls!!! ….(and as you can see “baby” is still in the corner…waiting to be sold).

Trim, panels, and ceiling!!!! Originally we were going to add those cool tin ceiling tiles…but to keep things simple and my husband sane, we went with the cedar planks. The kitchen smells like a hamster cage but I think it looks pretty cool! 🙂

Notice the “glow” effect in the soffit! We had Jim install rope lighting on a dimmer…inspired by my parents’ kitchen! Thanks Mom&Dad! 😉 Also big thanks to my cuz Kevin for all the pre-wiring!!


So that’s all for now! Oh and if you were wondering…we finally found “baby” a home!  😀


The other kitchen.

We’ve all been watching Punk’s kitchen renovation with eager anticipation week to week, so on the same topic I thought I’d finally share some photos of my kitchen facelift.

My sister, Mrs. Bunches, had the pleasure of visiting Texas back in September (yes I realize I’m very late on posting this project). I’d like to think her sole purpose was to hang out with her awesome sister, but she had other objectives. Since we moved into our house over a year ago she’s been DYING to paint our kitchen cabinets. As you can see from the before shots below, the oak cabinets are a shiny orangey eye sore. Just not my taste (or more importantly it seems, my sister’s)!

That’s some shine!

Initially we planned to use Rust-Oleum’s cabinet kit for the project, but after some serious googling we discovered it wouldn’t be best for the final look we were going for – crisp, clean, white cabinets. We’d have to do this the old fashioned way – sanding, priming, and painting. Thank goodness my sis was in town for a few days – because it was quite an undertaking.

Now she documented the whole project on her website, so I’m not going to bother with the play-by-play, for that you can read all about it here. Let’s just say it was a lot of sanding, then priming, then painting, more painting, and even more painting, with some trips to Lowe’s and the paint store thrown in. Since we didn’t have all the new cabinet hardware on hand before she left she didn’t get to see the completed project. So here you go sis – all our hard work really paid off – we love it!!  And to top it off we recently purchased a new dishwasher, microwave and oven, so we have a shiny new kitchen!!

Check out the process and the “after” pics! Oh, and Brutus supervised the entire project – he’s gotta be in the middle of everything.

Sanded and ready for priming.

Our living room looked like this for two days. It was too hot and humid to leave the doors and drawers outside to dry.

Time to put the doors back on…

Handy tool for marking spots to drill holes, for the new hardware.

They’re done!!!!

And here’s the AFTER after photos, with our new appliances!

One day I’d like to replace the countertops and add a backsplash. I may have to bribe my sister for another visit!  — DP

Kitchen Reno: weeks 6-8

Howdy folks! Not much new to report with our contractor off-site for the last few weeks. However, WE did install all doors & drawers! Ok…almost all if you don’t count the one under the sink – which is Ikea’s fault for giving us the wrong color!!.

The man of the hour year installing new doors! Go Mark! 🙂

Paint test on the left- “Blue Tequila” (in honor of my cousin Kevin)…any takers?

Our poor old stove has a” timeout” in the corner… until we can sell the bastard.

MacGyver’s  personal “cat-walk”….for now 😉 …And yes, it’s snowing outside!

Coming soon (hopefully): Ceiling, soffit, and lighting!

Sweet Tip of the week: Liquid soap extender

How many times have you unintentionally squeezed WAY too much soap out and spent more time (and water) rinsing off the excess?  “Money down the drain” you say? I’m guessing this is what the soap industry is hoping you don’t realize every time you squeeze/ pump too much soap from their bottles.

A quick fix to this problem: add water. I usually add 1 part water to 3 parts soap depending on the “thickness” of the soap. (I use a refillable bottle that I just add new soap to). For the pump variety you can also add a plastic cap from a juice container around the “neck” of the pump. For details click here. -AY

Kitchen Reno: weeks 4-5

Howdy folks! Sorry I’ve been slacking a bit on the posts…I’ve been a little under the weather the last few days (I’ll just blame it on Ikea- guessing I caught a bug during one our MANY trips to #$@% Ikea over the last couple weeks!).

So we found out the hard way that the double hung drawers were supposed to be installed BEFORE the counter…so we’ll have to get creative with that situation. Hopefully our contractor will figure something out…fingers crossed. Another snag was our farmhouse sink was apparently defective and sadly cracked after installation. It’s debatable who’s fault that was…luckily, we were able to return it and get a replacement.

Now don’t get me wrong, Ikea can be great…but when it comes to cabinets, sinks, drawers, and the “joy” of kitchen DIY- I curse the little smiling bastard in the “instruction” manual! So, despite some expected issues along the way, things are definitely coming along!

Also, thanks to my cousin Kevin (who was here last week) we have all our appliances working and plugged into new outlets (that are up to code)!! Whoohoo! He was also kind enough to give us not one, but FOUR double outlets for all our small appliances!! This was no small feat considering our exterior wall is composed of plaster, cement, and brick. He was able to cut into the wall and place them IN the wall so we don’t have them mounted ON the wall! Thanks Kev!! You rock!!

I know you are all on the edge of your seats anxiously awaiting the photos…(ok…most likely not. 🙂 Anyways, here they are!:

Kevin measuring for the new outlets!

Counters and appliances are in!!! (temporary string lights until lighting is installed next month).

Mark showing off the end result of his skills! (NO pre-drilled drawer fronts here- good thing Mark has patience).

So for the next few weeks things will slow down a bit since our contractor won’t be back again until December. In the meantime, Mark and I will be finalizing the remaining drawers, door fronts. etc. and also start planning out our back-splash and paint colors!! -AY

Kitchen Reno: week 3

Ok- so things have been pretty busy to say the least…after numerous trips to Ikea, Home Depot, Lowes etc. Mark and I are pretty beat. Needless to say- we know this will all be worth it in the end…So here’s what happened during “week 3″…

Counters in! (photo is a little blurry- I think I was so excited I couldn’t hold the camera still 😉 ).

Macgyver seemed pretty fond of our new sink…

Looks pretty- huh? (too bad it cracked and we had to replace it this week…more on that in “week 4’s” post).

My parents were here visiting during the weekend and they were more than willing to help assemble the drawers!! ( Thanks Mom & Dad!!!) We put together roughly fifteen (about half).

While we worked on the drawers, Mark installed the runners!

Here’s a sample of his handywork 😉

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween folks!! We’ve got beautiful Fall weather here today in Grapevine, so it should be perfect for all the trick-or-treaters in the neighborhood tonight.

We’re embracing the Halloween spirit around here and thought I’d share some of our decorations! First up, a pile of gourds and pumpkins picked up at a local pumpkin patch. The hubby likes to take charge in this area and set up the “display”.

 He was feeling super festive last week and picked up this flag too. My mom is so proud.

And here is the pumpkin I carved last night…it’s an owl. Hope it looks good all lit up tonight!  If you can’t tell, we’ve got a thing for owls around here – or rather my hubby does.

Next up…the front door. I got a little crafty and made this feather boa wreath. Thanks for the inspiration Alisa!

Just like last year, we put up our creepy crawler spiders all over the house. I think they look pretty cool climbing up the light over our kitchen table.

Some more gourds and mini pumpkins, along with the spider web runner, make our table pretty festive. 🙂

I also made some yummy cupcakes for J to bring into work. Chocolate with cream cheese frosting – delish!

And now for the good stuff…the pups. I know, I know, a lot of people think it’s just mean to dress up your pets, but c’mon it’s all in good fun. It’s just one day! Plus they love it – ummm yeah. BUT they were good sports and let mommy take some pictures, (while trying to control my laughter). Ok, that sounds mean…laughing because they are so cute! 😉 Enjoy our little pumpkin Lolo and ferocious bull Brutus – complete with cowboy! Yee-haw!

Brutus was SUPER excited to have daddy dress him up, can’t you tell 😉

Lolo is too sweet for the bull horns – her pumpkin getup was more her 🙂

Ready to rumble!

It’s on!

Happy Halloween from Lolo and Brutus!!  — DP

Kitchen Reno: week 2

Week two has come and gone- and I wasn’t here for any of it (I was at a conference for work). In my absence, Mark (my husband) took the photos below.  It’s getting exciting!! We can definitely visualize the layout and space much better now.

Chaos…fridge is pulled out to the middle of the room. Plastic sheeting to contain dust.

Ripped up wall from demo. You can see the old plaster and boards…and about ten different “choice” layers of wall paper.

Lower cabinets are in! (almost all). More to come soon…

“New” Front Door!

A few weeks ago my parents took a “western road trip” and stopped by our place for a few days!! It was such a treat! As soon as they arrived they were ready to get back into “project mode” …I think they were having “project withdrawals” since the wedding was over.

Anyways- my dad had his eye on our front door and decided to take matters into his own hands! So he and Mark got to work!..I helped a little 🙂

Here’s what the OLD door looked like (we took the hardware off):

door before

First things first- remove the hardware.

removing hardware

Original hardware- tarnished brass…facelift coming up!

Once the door was off the next step was to strip all old lacquer and stain off.

stripping door

We chose a “safer” stripper (that just sounds wrong).

stripping gel

Once the stripper was cleaned off (again – wrong) and the door was dry- Mark used his pro sanding skills to smooth out the wood.

After the first round of sanding- My dad used wood filler in any holes or cracks. Once it’s dry- then Mark did another round (or 3) of sanding. Mark was determined to get it super smooooth.

Here’s my dad cutting the new trim for the door!

Once the trim was cut and nailed on- the door was put back on the hinges and it was time for staining! (Sorry no photos of the door being hung back in the hinges- it was a three person job!)

Here’s my dad carefully staining the door.

…and two coats later:

After the stain was dry we put on two coats of “polycrylic” to seal it.

While the door was drying- I was busy cleaning off the hardware. I used silver cleaner- it’s all i had- but it did the trick! For the mail slot- I used brass spray paint- which actually came out looking pretty good!

And the NEW DOOR!

new door

After a hard days work- Dad and Mark take a well deserved break..with a beer of course 🙂

…while all this was going on- my mom was busy in the garden and in the kitchen! Sangria and plum/ peach pie here we come!!