Let me just premise this by saying that upholstery is one of the most intense and complicated things I have ever tried to learn. (Emphasis on tried)
With that being said…
Last night was my final class of Upholstery 101, and I am happy to say that I got all of the most difficult parts finished. With a lot of help from my genius instructor Mrs. Alberta. Seriously, this woman with a sewing machine makes my head spin.
I know nothing of sewing, and it is definitely a huge part of upholstery. My next venture is definitely a sewing class, but it probably would have been better to have done this before. Hindsight.
Regardless, with my love for re-purposing, I wanted very badly to learn how to reupholster furniture. I dream of finding an old chair with good bones for $20 at the goodwill, salvation army, etc. and loving it back to life. Imagine how much money there is to be saved! And how much beautiful fabric there is to be bought. Paradox? Maybe. But I would much rather be a DIY-er than pay full price for furniture. Who’s with me?!
Here is the chair I started out with…
Here it is after some heavy duty demolishing…
And here is the end result…
(I got a little excited and shoved the inside-back piece on for a photo-op, so please excuse the haphazardness…below is how it looks with everything that is actually attached and pulled tight, although one of the arms still needs a little more work.)
Obviously there is still work to be done, but I think the sewing machine can be put away, thank goodness. I also think that from what I’ve learned, I can attempt to tackle the rest myself. (With the help of google of course)
Even though I wasn’t able to finish in the course of the class, I am so excited about the progress I did make and what I learned along the way. I can now scratch “upholstery class” off of my list of things I want to do and move on to the next new thing.
Learning new things is fun and makes me feel good. College is college, but this tapping into my interests thing is my favorite kind of learning.
What would you love to learn how to do? Google it and find a class…then go for it!