The blogosphere is filled with all kinds of great how-to’s, right?! Well, today I’m buckin’ tradition and sharing a how not to project here at Salvage Savvy. I can assure you this wasn’t my original intention for the chair… but, after a series of unfortunate events, this post was born!
It all started the moment that I pulled-off the chair’s trim and saw approximately 8,492 staples stuck waaaaay inside a tiny little groove.
D'oh. Now maybe you are the kinda’ gal who rolls-up her sleeves and figures out how to dig-out approximately 10,478 staples from the clutches of the abyss [and yes, the number of staples will continue to grow as this post continues]. Well, not me. I roll up my sleeves and figure out another way. And while working on this chair I had to figure out another way a-lot.
Sooooo. Now I shall share with you fine folks my how not to list:
1. When you have approximately 12,196 staples that are impossible to remove… don’t. Just leave ‘em. It’ll be fine. If ignorance is bliss… then denial is pure ecstasy.
2. Don’t bother measuring or making a pattern when upholstering. Just start cutting. [As long as you have lots of extra fabric] You’ll be fine.
3. And hey, If your second attempt at “cutting first” still doesn’t work, then just patch the darn thing [most likely that spot will be in the back anyway]. 4. Don't bother checking your supplies before beginning, you have plenty of staples. Just don’t worry about it… you won’t run out halfway into your project [like me].
5. Sometimes staples refuse to stick. When that happens, just use your hot glue gun… but only if you want the chair to look extra “classy.”
6. BTW- You have plenty of glue sticks too, don't bother checking those supplies either. And if you do happen to run out of them [like me], you can always use the smaller ones that don’t actually fit the gun [however, you will need to physically push them through the gun to make them work]. 7. Don’t bother measuring how much trim you’ll need for the chair. You can just figure it out at the store… they love it when you spread it out all over the isle trying to recreate the circumference of your chair on the floor.
And that's it. Despite all my [heartache and failures] fun... I actually like the final product! I just kept going [laughed at myself alot] and got extra funky and creative with my trim to hide a world of trouble [and approximately 21,187 staples]! And, no, I won't be turning the chair around anytime soon. The front is pretty. That's all we need to know :)