A few weeks ago, Marc and I were contemplating our deck and the arrangement of the furniture out there. Marc had a brainstorm about how to re-arrange it so as to better take advantage of the view, from more comfortable seating.
So we brought out our work crew (aka the boys) and had everything re-arranged in a jiffy.
(Gotta love those young strong boy muscles that help you do the work you used to do without a second thought of Advil.)
The new arrangement was great! I can’t believe we didn’t do this earlier.
Afterward, we took a look at our “comfy” furniture.
It was looking a bit worse for wear.
“Weren’t you planning on re-covering these?” Marc asked.
Um. Yes. I have been *talking* about it for the last two years probably.
“Wouldn’t it be nice to have that done?”
Um. Yes. Yes, it would.
I checked online and saw that Joann’s was having an outdoor fabric sale–50% off! But the sale was ending today.
“Want to make a run to the fabric store, honey?”
(It is an extreme go-er that wants to go the fabric store with his wife. But he was also highly motivated by this project getting done.)
We went, and actually found some fabric that we both agreed upon, reasonably quickly.
And only a short-ish
fight disagreement about the thickness of the replacement foam we were going to get for the seats. (I wanted to just add in an inch or two, to the existing foam; Marc wanted the 5 inch foam. We compromised on the 4-in foam, bought with a 40% coupon.)
Home we went, excited about our purchases.
The thing is—you have to actually do the project then.
I got online and found this tutorial for sewing new covers for outdoor cushions (I used her “Part 1″ for the seats, and “Part 2″ for the curved back cushions). I quickly sewed up one of the cushions, and was happy with how it looked.
Fast forward a couple of weeks or so….
Marc: Do you think these cushions will be done before the end of summer?? (said gently and with a smile)
Me: Umm….sure! Summer lasts until September 20, right? (said with a wink and a smile)
I got the message. And with my super-invigorated-grammy powers, I managed to get all of the cushions, plus a couple of throw pillows, sewn up and Scotch-guarded and everything!
Enough yapping about it. Show us some pictures!
All right, all right. Sheesh.
The orange-y one for the chairs, the tan one for the loveseat, the wild and wavy one for the footstools and pillows. These are all Sunbrella-type fabrics, made to withstand the elements—at least to a certain extent. (I also Scotch-guarded them all, after they were sewn up. We are planning on covering them up regularly against the rain, but will probably re-protect them every year or so.)
The old foam insert:
The new foam insert:
(Also: enjoy the image of my dog’s butt in the background there.
He’s always trying to work himself into the photo. What an attention hound.)
I did not put zippers into these covers, as I don’t anticipate ever taking them off to wash (hello, Scotch Guard). The tutorial I followed did not do zippers, either. I am sure you can search and find many fine tutorials that do, however, if that is something you wish to do.
I used the discarded foam from the seats, and cut them down and added them to the back cushions and the footstool cushions, to give them a little extra “oomph”.
And here is the final product:
Much better! And much more comfortable on which to sit.
I’m not sold on the brown pillows with them–I may have to find some sassy blue fabric and recover those as well.
But not right away. :)
I’m just happy I got these done before heading to Texas.
Speaking of which….Ambrose has arrived–all 10+ pounds of her!
Those of you who are Facebook friends or follow me on Instagram are well aware of this event. But for those of you who are not, here’s a photo of her, chilling with Grandpa.
Acceptable names: Ambrose, Rose, or Rosie. :) We think she is the best thing since sliced bread.
Hey. I have an idea.
How about you come over to my place and have a cup of coffee with me on the deck? And then I can tell you all about her. :)