So Cushy

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap  —  June 7, 2012 — 3 Comments

Waaaay back in September I started the process of reupholstering the two mauve-pink wing chairs I got secondhand for fifty bucks. It’s pretty much been the worst project ever. Even though I spent months working up the nerve to get started I was still so over it before I’d even finished getting the old fabric off.

I started covering them with dyed dropcloths and got about 80% done before losing motivation completely.

I’ve worked on them a little here and there since then, but the big thing holding me back was the cushion covers. A box cushion with piping and a zipper is just way beyond my skill level. I whined and complained and tried to forget those cushions existed, but then something wonderful happened. A fabulous professional seamstress who lives right here in Baton Rouge stumbled across my blog and recognized my obvious desperation. And do you know what she did next? She emailed me and offered to sew those cushion covers for me for free! I was like, hello, this is my lucky day! We met for coffee and I handed her my hot mess of a half-done sewing project and yesterday she presented me with beautifully covered cushions. If you need a seamstress you should call her. Her name is Missy Martin and she is fabulous.

I was going to finally tackle the back and arms of the unfinished chair on the left before meeting Missy yesterday, but then I wasn’t feeling so great so I decided to just lay down and rest instead. It’ll get finished eventually.


The chair on the right is 100% finito.

It’s far from perfect, but it’s also a far cry from the dusty mauve velvet of its past. And–bonus–I’m 80% sure it’s not going to fall apart. No more worried expressions on peoples’ faces as they sit! I think maybe I’ll pull up a pouf this evening and spend some time enjoying the chair myself.

Thanks, Missy, for doing such a fabulous job! Missy is working on opening up an Etsy shop so she can spread her handcrafted goodness far and wide. You better believe I’ll be telling you all about it when she gets it all set up! Thank goodness for her. These chairs probably would have never gotten done!

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap


3 responses to So Cushy

  1. Wow! That Missy is a lifesaver! That’s awesome! They look so much better already!

  2. How nice of Missy. The chairs look great.

  3. I am so impressed with how this has turned out for you. You’ve totally made me feel like reupholstering is doable. And what an awesome blessing to have Missy do that for you :)

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