GUYS! The dinning room set is finally done! Can you believe it?! I can’t! I feel like I’ve been working on it FOREVER. That being said, I did take some pretty lengthy breaks in between some of the steps but still, I’ve been at this for a very long time. When I put the piping on the last chair it was such a moment of pride and exhilaration. Have you ever worked on a project that took you a really long time to complete? Then you know how I was feeling when the last touches were finally applied. A-freaking-mazing!
This last part was the easiest. All I had to do was apply the piping to the edges of the chair backs to hide the staples from the Upholstery Part 2. I originally bought some cord from the fabric store that I was going to use but it was more of a satin finish which, as the project came together, seemed like it would go with the rest of the set less and less. So I scrapped that idea and went back to the drawing board. My next idea was to get some simple white cording and use that instead. Back I went to the fabric store.
Have you ever been to a fabric store? Are the ladies who work there just as utterly terrible to you as they are to me? I NEVER get good service at fabric store. I really don’t understand it. As someone who worked retail for a VERY long time, I really don’t understand people that give poor customer service. I know that customers can be angry and obnoxious, trust me, but you’re not doing yourself and favours or making your own job any easier when you’re rude to them. And I was being perfectly pleasant to these ladies! They immediately got the vibe that I was new to the whole upholstery and fabric thing and when I picked out the fabric for the chairs, they actually told me that I wouldn’t be able to do the upholstery because I was too inexperienced and the cushion was too complex. Just like that. They didn’t even try and explain what I would need to do or anything. I don’t know about you, but when someone tells me that I can’t do something a little fire starts burning in my chest and I immediately hold my head high and nothing will stop me from doing whatever it is to prove that person wrong. In the words of my dear friend John Locke from Lost, “Don’t tell me what I can’t do!”
Anyways, enough ranting from me. Suffice to say, when I went there for some white cord (and this was a different fabric store) they were equally unpleasant and of no help whatsoever. So I sat on it for a bit, and then I waited some more, and then before I knew it, it was on the furtherest back burner that there could possibly be. Then I talked to my good ole mamma. Moms always do know best, don’t they? Well, in this case, it’s kind of my mom’s business so she should know best. She said I could bring my old fabric to an upholsterer and they would make piping for me. Eureka!! What an excellent idea! And that’s what I did and how it looks so fabulous.
The upholsterer also told me that a glue gun would be the best call for glueing the piping to the chair, and what do you know, that worked like a charm too (upholsterers are much better people in general than people that work at fabric stores – no offence to people out there at fabric stores that actually care about their customers).
So that’s it:
- Get your piping made by an upholsterer with the fabric you used for your chairs.
- Glue it to the chair with a glue gun. You don’t even need specially glue – I got my hot glue sticks from the dollar store.
- Sit on your chair and admire what you have created.
Now, for those of you that are interested, here are the links for all the steps in this process:
- Dinning Room Set Makeover Part 1
- Dinning Room Set Makeover Part 2
- Dinning Room Set Makeover Part 3
- Dinning Room Set Makeover Part 4
- Dinning Room Set Makeover Part 5
- Upholstery Part 1
- Upholstery Part 2
Geez, that was a long process! But definitely worth it in the end. Here are some before and after shots: