I think I must have been a gypsy in my previous life. I love to tinker and I adore rich, vibrant colors, pretty patterns and textures and lots of well-loved vintage furniture. Hubby, on the other hand, is more of a traditionalist. Let me tell some of our conversations can get pretty heated when it comes to decorating the house. But, hey give me layers and colorful, eclectic accents over classic, symmetry and I’m happy 😉
Talking about happy don’t you just love thrift stores, auctions and flea markets? They’re my go-to place when I need a little inspiration. Just recently we snapped up this sweet little chair at a local thrift store for a bargain. I just loved it’s well-worn, folk-like character and hubby was impressed with its solid bones. What, chairs have bones? We both agreed that she had to come home with us so we could give her a good dose of TLC.
Poor baby, I have no idea how long she’d been left outside for, but she was covered in spider webs and a really needed a new coat of something. We gently coaxed the spiders into the garden and used a mouse sander to sand her down and applied some outdoor wood sealer and stain. She just soaked up all that love, so we had to give her a few more coats just to make up for all the neglect she suffered in the past.
She was happy, hubby was happy. Her lovely bones were beautifully restored, but I still thought she need a little more. Drum roll please……………………. something a little more gypsy like. Enter this gorgeous piece of fabric.
Don’t you just want to run your hands all over it? The rich, jewel like tones and fluffy texture were perfect for turning
my our chair into a throne fit for a queen. I started off by cutting some batting into a heart shape that fit neatly onto the seat of the chair.
Then I cut the fabric using the heart as a template and adding a good 10 cm all around, so I’d have enough to play with.
You need to cut a small slit at the top of the heart shaped fabric to make it easier to tuck around the batting and prevent the fabric from bunching up.
To attached the cushion, these metal upholstery tack strips are awesome. They made it so easy. There are holes every few inches and you just hammer in the tacks.
I used two strips and started at the top of the heart, carefully bending the strips around the heart shape, making sure that the two strips joined on a hole at the bottom of the heart, so that there was somewhere for the last tack to go.
That’s better. Now those good bones have a pretty
ass seat too 😎
I’m really happy with how she turned out. She’s perfect for nourishing my gypsy soul even if I stay in the same place and I don’t think hubby minds too much. After all she’s still got those good bones 😉