The Chair Seat Thief

Saturday morning I got a text from my SIL (sister-in-law) Lindsee. She’s pretty good at flattery…she must know it will get her everywhere with me.

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She sent me a picture that looked something like this one that I took when I got to her house

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Good thing she sent me the picture. We didn’t need the foam, just the fabric

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*If you don’t have the JoAnn app on your smart phone, you are missing out! Back to chair cushions. I met Lindsee at Hancock Fabrics on Sunday and we scouted out their remnant table. We found some that we thought matched the paint in their kitchen perfect so we snagged it. BTW, we were right on the color!

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Six dollars a yard! We got 2 1/2 yards plus an extra fifteen inches they gave her at half price because it was the end. Total for the fabric was less than $18. I’m going to use the extra fifteen inches to make some placemats and probably napkin rings. I’m thinking of giving them to my brother for his birthday. He’ll be thrilled…maybe not. Back to chairs.

We got to Lindsee’s house and got to work. I started taking seats off chairs with some help from my niece Reygan. It was also lunch time and when Auntie Amy takes all the cushions off your dining room chairs, you have lunch on the floor.

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I’m not mean. I promise. To compensate I brought them cookies. Plus they got to help! Poor Adicyn just wanted to sit in a chair

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To get the existing chair pads off, I took a screwdriver and unscrewed them from the bottom

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Then we were left with this

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…and this

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I numbered all the cushions and the chairs so we would know which one went where. It might not seem necessary, but it turned out to be good. Nothing is perfect so I knew not all the holes were going to be lined up the same on all the chairs. We could have recovered them one at a time, but then we wouldn’t have a dramatic picture like this one

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Or this one

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See? Totally necessary.

Due to the fact that the fabric had stripes, we needed to line it up. My CDO (OCD, but the letters are in alphabetical order like they should be) wouldn’t allow it to be any other way. So I had Lindsee (and Reygan) measure the middle of the seat.

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She also got to measure a couple kids in the process

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So I cut around the seats allowing an extra 3-4 inches around each side just to be safe and started lining up

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Then stapling

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 Hunter and Adi wouldn’t let Rey play with them. She was pouting (what a cheese)

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Until I asked her to help me

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Stretching and stapling and stretching and stapling and folding corners until I was all the way around it

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When I would get one done, Lindsee would put it back on after Adi would find the chair that matched the seat

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We also had to take a picture of a bunch of law breakers. That’s right, no tags on these chairs

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Hunter pointed out that only I would go to jail since I removed all the tags and handed them to them.

But the chairs all got finished and they look fab!

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Who doesn’t love a before and after side by side?

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Total cost was $17 (I already had staples for the staple gun). I think that’s pretty good. Thank you Lindsee for letting me invade your house and do this with you. What’s next?!?!?

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2 thoughts on “The Chair Seat Thief

  1. Kimberly Mundt

    Amy you are ridiculously good when it comes to this stuff. I’m glad i have you as a connection. Lindsee i am proud!

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