Thursday, October 8, 2009

It's my birthday and you all rawk!

**You all are awesome!! Thanks SO MUCH for your help on the chairs! I feel like I can actually do this now. Or, maybe just slipcover them, which I didn't even consider. ;) Thank you!**Well, tomorrow (Friday) is my 34th birthday. I'm writing this on Thursday night, but I celebrate for at least a week every year anyway, don't you? Drag it out as long as possible I say!


My hubby is just a teensy bit older than me (it's more than a teensy, but let's just say that), and I used to make SO much fun of him when he couldn't remember how old he was going to be every year.

Ummm...I get it now. A few months ago I quite literally could not remember if I was going to be 33 or 34. Reheheally. And I KNOW I'm not old...I'm just sayin'. I've got too many home decor projects running through my noggin that cloud it all up. Hubby is in trouble because I have no clue how old he will be this year either. ;)

So one of those home decor projects I mentioned is the reupholstering of our dining room chairs. Other than hard floors (someday...sniff...) it is the only thing holding me back from completely this lovely space.

The seats are easy peasy, I did those years ago when the room was red and gold:
It's the backs I'm trying to figure out! Can you help a birthday girl OUT?

I have to deal with this:
And the back looks like this:

I'm thinking different fabric for the back, but how the heck do I get these suckers off? Take out the staples? Then just pop it out? Umkay, then how do I deal with the trim? Just cover it? Cut it off?

How the heck do I get these back on? Serious, I can't figure this out. I've sat in these chairs many a time in the past few weeks, trying to get this through my head. I have a feeling it's going to be a Project. (With a capital "P.")

Dad got me an electric stapler for my b-day (WHOHEW!!) so I am just about to pee my pants I'm so excited to use that thing!

Can you help?

And thank you for helping me out with the One Project Closer contest! I believe it is closed now, so we will see what happens! :) You all are the best.

SMOOCHES!!

97 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday! I don't have tips for this but I will be checking back because I have some great chairs that I'm not sure if I want to change or not in my dining room!

    P.S. Don't feel bad about the age thing... I've been telling everyone I'm 29 Forever, for so long that I will be 33 in December and I thought I was only going to be 32 - OOPS!

    LIVE IT UP GIRL! ox

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  2. I can't help much with most questions as I've never taken apart a chair to upholster it, but I did see a picture the other day where someone put a monogrammed piece of fabric facing outward (not toward the table) in the back of the chair. It looked really pretty! Probably only the two chairs at the ends would look good that way though. Here's what I mean: http://site.highfashionhome.com/blog/uploaded_images/monogram-745652.jpg

    Happy birthday!

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  3. Happy Birthday Sarah. I hope it's a week of fun and celebration. I haven't a clue how to get those chairs going. I could probably get them out but getting them back in - maybe not so much.
    Hugs...Tracy :)

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  4. Hi, I recently re-did a chair with a similar type back to these - you can see on my blog here:
    http://anna-kiwiintexas.blogspot.com/2009/10/here-she-is-made-over-10-chair.html
    It was time consuming to pull out the little staples, but not too hard - you just need a good pair of long nose pliers (I think that's what they're called!)
    Under the old fabric on the chair I did I re-used the foam and cut the fabric to measure. I used a little fabric glue just to hold it in place in the bottom. The chair I did there was a groove in the wood for the staples to hide - once I got it all stapled in place and extra fabric trimmed I hot glued some trim to cover it up.
    Good luck, I'm looking forward to seeing what fabric you pick out!

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  5. Happy Birthday!!! I've voted for you multiple times!! Good luck!

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  6. ~*~Happy Birthday Sarah!~*~ ~Enjoy!
    You look wonderful and so young!

    My entire families B-days are also in October. I just bought
    seven birthday cards this past week alone. Another nephew due in a week as well. ~Whew!

    I can't wait to see your stunning chair makeover. I have no clue how to do that stuff though. I learn it from you. Good Luck!

    ~Many More Blessings, ~Melissa :)

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  7. I love that you can't remember how old you are! I have the same moments, but they've started a little earlier than yours...

    Happy 33rd Birthday! (ha!!)

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  8. It doesn't let you vote more than once (at least your #'s don't go up when you try and it tells you that they have already counted your vote - but it didn't stop me from voting again on another computer) - I feel scandalous for even trying but I voted a couple of days ago and when you posted the link I thought I would try again. Good Luck! Happy Birthday tomorrow!

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  9. Sarah!! We share a birthday! Happy birthday, birthday buddy! :) Hope you have a great one!

    Ann Marie

    P.S. - Stumped on the chair thing...

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  10. HAPPY BIRTHDAY SARAH!!!
    Ok, I don't know about the chairs...have you thought about selling these and buying some that work better in your space..Just sayin'..even used ones and you can stain them or whatever..redoing these looks like a huge project..but that's just me:)

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  11. Happy BIrthday to yooooo!

    As for the chairs... GAH, just glad it's you and not me cuz I don't get it either. :) Good luck!

    Di

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  12. Happy Birthday! I turned 30 last year and decided I no longer need to keep track of my age! ;) Sorry I can't help you out with the chair backs..I've never done that!

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  13. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!. I hope you have a great day.

    Off to vote

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  14. Happy birthday! Your gift....my votes!
    ~Nancy

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  15. Happy Birthday! My present is I just voted for your Kitchen Island...but have no great tips on your upholstery project.
    Have a great birthday, Janell

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  16. Hey you are a whole almost two-months older than I am! Or, wait! Am I turning 33? :-)

    I don't feel like I'm about to be 34. I still want to tell everyone that I just turned 30. *sigh*

    Well I hope you have a fabulous day, no matter what the age!

    As for the chair, my only advice is to just take out the staples and see what happens. Hopefully you can make a pattern from what is there. Good luck!

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  17. Happy Birthday! Good luck with the chair conundrum. YOu would know better than me so if you don't know...save us all. ;)

    I LOVE love luv that redo you did of your hutch. Genius. The white textured backing is beautiful and elegant.

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  18. Happy Birthday!
    Take pictures of each step you do as you take the back of the chair apart.
    Start with the staples.
    I think once you have them out you will see how the piping is attached between the two sides.
    I belive that the back may be glued on...but as you take the piping off you should be able to peer down between the two sides.

    Sometimes there is a small screw helping to hold the back.

    Good luck.

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  19. I'm a little stumped too...sorry! Hope you have a wonderful birthday:) I'm sure you will figure this out.

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  20. You just got it all confused because it's MOI that will be turning 33. But not til next month so you've still got plenty o' shopping days left.

    Good luck with the chairs. That's the problem with quality furniture: too hard to take apart! ;)

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  21. Happy Birthday! Pull all those staples out and remove all the fabric.. After you staple your fabric back on, you can use either a piping or trim and hot glue it over your staples. It's all done from the front so after you take everything off, you'll do your back fabric first.

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  22. *Happy*Birthday * Hope it is your best one ever! You young thing you :) No tips on the chair thing but I think you just need to dive in and experiment on one.
    You are so clever you'll figure it out in no time!!

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  23. Sweetie, I am going to ask my cousin Pauline, she is a whiz at figuring this type of thing out. She usually takes pictures or draws the item out so she knows how it went together. I am with the other poster, chair backs are probably glued on to the actual frame. Perhaps a glue gun and more staples will be your friend here. Let me check with Pauline and I will get back with you on Saturday. Happy birthday to you. I wish you lots of creative juices and funds to complete your vision!

    PS: I am 42. I still keep thinking I am 40. I look a bit younger and the hubby is quite a few years older than me (7 years) enough that when he states his first concert was when he was 16, I think back to playing Barbie Dolls at 9!

    ttfn...

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  24. We'd go ahead and rip out the staples and go from there. Well, there's always slipcovers!

    Happy Birthday! I (Karrie)know exactly what you mean... turned 34 earlier this year and still can't remember for sure how old I am. (Yes, I had to do the math to make sure just now;0)

    Enjoy your day!
    Karrie & Karla, too!

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  25. I don't know if it will make you feel better or not to know that I just turned 22 I mean 23 I mean 22 I mean 23 k wait count count count most definitely 23 right? Yes. It's ridic. I've had to count out every year since 21 or something. I mean, I'm Canadian and even Manitoban so everything interesting I could possibly do I was legal to do at 18. But I'm pretty sure I'm still not excused for losing track already. Yikes.

    I voted. <3 And happy birthday! From one birthday girl to another! lol. I get craft geek bliss for my birthday, too. Wilton's Cake Decorating Class from my mom and a serger from the hubs. Whoop, whoop!

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  26. Sorry I don't have a clue about the chairs...I have been voting for you though!!
    Also wanted to wish you Happy Birthday!...from one Libra to another, I'll be 41 on Saturday...WOOOOO...lol

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  27. I am not sure how to do the chair myself, but I follow a blog and she may be able to help. Her blog is missmustardseed.blogspot.com. Check it out if you have time. Oh, and have a very happy birthday!

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  28. Um, I posted on Facebook this year that I was getting ready to turn 34...but then realized, oh, 16 hours later that I was actually 33! Yep. Seriously, what happens after you hit 30? Its a good thing my husband and I got married in 2000...we'll never forget how long we've been married!

    As for the chairs, I would definitely take off the back and then hot glue some trim to cover the staples.

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  29. EASY PEASY!!!!! Just grab some needle nose pliers and a straight edge screw driver. Go up underneath (so you don't wrench the screwdriver off the wood) and pluck those suckers out. Now you have a perfect template for your new backing. You could sew something like a pillowcase to slip over the old backing,then stich the loose ends and staple back in place. or make a whole new back- just copy the old one's measurements, sew in new welt cord, and staple! YOU CAN DO IT! If you want help, let me know!

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  30. Happy Birthday!
    I am in the middle of a reupholstering project myself. Come on over and see the beast I am working on. Anyways I can't be sure from the pictures but it looks like once you take the staples out (using a flat screw driver and needle nose pliers) you can reuse that piping stuff just by covering it with your new fabric. I am guessing that your chairs backs are made of 3 separate pieces 1 the part you back is against, 2 the piping around that, and 3 the piece you see from behind the chair. Just use the old fabric as a pattern and then use your stapler again to put everything back on. Good luck.

    I wish I could help more but I can't really tell what is going on just from the pictures.

    happy birthday!

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  31. The two posts above me are right on. I suggest this book -Simply Upholstery published by Sunset. I bought mine on Amazon for about $12 and it has step by step pictures and great instructions for this. I had a chair that had welting all over it that I was worried about, this book made it easy. Good Luck!

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  32. Happy Birthday, Girlfriend! And I just casted my vote...good luck!!!

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  33. Happy Happy Birthday Sara Dear!!

    I am thinking that you will need to take the chair apart in order ro see how they did it...

    And I voted for you...can we vote more than once?

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  34. So, the comments are completely right. I have an armchair that is similar to yours, just with arms, and I was wondering how to reupholster it myself. Once you start taking those staples out (your hand will probably get sore doing it because they use SOOOO many!) you will totally see how to put it back together again. The back will be the first piece you put on, with staples. Then you put the front piece on, with staples. Then you cover those staples with the cording (or welting as it is called when you use it on furniture) with staples. Your staple gun will get a lot of use! You can totally do this. I am just waiting for the perfect fabric to change mine from florescent orange to something elegantly wild!! Have fun! It will look great!

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  35. When I was 26 I told people I was 27. I honestly thought I was. Then on my 27th birthday I realized that I was THEN 27! Since then I have to do the math to figure it out. I can never remember exactly. Now I just tell people I'm 29 again. I've been 29 for about 15 years now. Amazing. :-)

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  36. Ive been saying Im 21 for years, but now that I have a 21yr old, it is just isnt right!
    Happy birthday, and I have many bits of furniture to reupholster, I just cant bring myself to do them, for the same reasons as you!It is all too hard, I dont have the brain capacity to learn another thing!!
    Sue

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  37. Happy Birthday Sara. I voted for you. Good luck with your chair. I wish I could offer you some suggestions on your dining room chairs but it looks like you've gotten a lot of feedback already. Enjoy your Birthday.

    Gail

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  38. Happy Birthday! I have NO earthly idea how to do those chairs. Glad I could help! ;0)

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  39. Happy Birthday!

    About your chairs ... what if you covered the back in a different fabric and then for the front, when you pop that bad boy off, just cover right over it and just like the original, staple like crazy over the piping! You'll have to pull it really tight over and have the patients of Mother Teresa, but in about a week I'd say it would be done! LOL Can't wait to see what you come up with! ;)

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  40. Happy Birthday, Sarah! I just gave you my vote. You're doin' awesome in the polls! Hope you have a great 33rd - or was that 34th? birthday! JK. Have a great one.

    Pam

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  41. ok so now i know why you are sooo cool. you and i have the SAME BIRTHDAY! i don't normally comment you, but i just had to, and i wanted to let you know you have been inspiring me to decorate, friend! thanks and Happy B-DaY!!!!!

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  42. If you want a simple way to cover the backs of the chairs just trace the back shape and cut out a piece of cardboard ( thin ) to match. Cover the cardboard with fabric like you did for the mirrors. Then glue it, with a hot glue gun, onto the fabric that's already there. If you need to you can then use a trim and glue it on around the edges.
    Happy Birthday!

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  43. Happy birthday! Voted for you!

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  44. Happy Birthday!! I do the same thing with my age, I have to figure out how old I am! LOL - just yesterday I told someone 43 - then I remembered...I've been 44 since March! LOL

    Voted for ya too!! Good luck!

    ~TidyMom

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  45. Yes I know what you mean...I just turned 34 last Friday and sometimes I feel like my brain is turning to mush. Oh well what can we do.
    As for the dining room chairs...I say take one chair and go for it! If ya can't get it back together, you can always take it to a professional to fix...along with the other chairs. No harm in giving it a go!...Jump right in!
    Happy Birthday!!

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  46. I have no earthly idea but happy birthday!

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  47. The best thing for pulling staples are these:
    http://www.fdsons.com/crescent-cutting-nipper-727cvn-p-3319.html
    (well, not those precise ones, but end-nippers)
    It's easy to get a good grip with the cutting edges since they're right on the end (just don't squeeze too tight and cut it) then rock them to the side and the staple comes out. They grip things close to the wood better than pliers, and don't mark up the surface.
    Take it from someone who pulled *millions* of carpet staples out of her oak floors.

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  48. Sarah... wow, what an in depth, time-consuming project...

    Haven't you heard of dining room slip covers?? :-)

    i am actually being serious... imagine the seasonal poof you could give to the chairs if they were covered in elegent slipcovers (WASHABLE) and had a tie in the back where you could stick a sprig of holiday cheer (and a name plate/tag that dangles along with it if you are having guests) into the bow on the back.

    i'm just sayin!

    these are cool, but don't have a tie:
    www.surefit.net/.../shory-dining_02.gif

    this one is nice and would still show off your nice "legs":
    http://common.csnstores.com/common/products/SUR/SUR1319_l.jpg

    remember, sarah, TIME IS MONEY! re-upholstering these puppies is going to take so much time! BUY! or sew your own slipcovers.

    ok, i'm done.

    angie

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  49. Wish I could help you out with those chairs. I say just take out the staples and see what happens.

    Hope you have a wonderful birthday!!

    Don't know if you "know" Chris @ Just a Girl but you need to check out her birthday post from today. It is too funny!! http://j-a-girl.blogspot.com/2009/10/36-again.html

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  50. Happy Birthday, Sarah! Mine is tomorrow and I agree ... stretch it out! :) Have a great rainy day!

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  51. Pop out the staples and the back will come off. If you are going to recover without a sewing machine, you can cut off the old trim and just glue new trim around it. Or you can use your stitch ripper to take the whole cushion apart and use the old fabric as a pattern for the new fabric and add the trim back inside of it. Let me know if you need more help if that made no sense!

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  52. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

    Chairs: I'm sure you've gotten by now. But...remove the staples, cover, re-staple, then hot glue some trim to cover the staples. Then post a new picture so everyone can oooh and aaaah! :)

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  53. happy birthday lady!! sorry, i can't help on the chair thing. i'm terrible @ stuff like that! surely, i would screw it up and need to buy a new chair :o/ i will however grant your bday wish and go vote ;o)

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  54. Happy Birthday! I voted for you, but I just went back to try to vote again and the voting is closed. Hope you win!

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  55. Yup, just take out the staples and under it should be the back. The back might even have its own staples. I had to do the same thing w/ a settee I'm refinishing. Good luck! Can't wait to see what you do w/ it!

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  56. Happy Birthday! I've done a few upholstery projects before. Piping is scary....getting staples out is a pain. I've had best luck with pliers, although I know there's some upholstery tool you can use to remove staples. I would then carefully remove everything and use it as a pattern and put it back the way you found it. From what it looks like they've just stapled the cording back on. With your new staple gun it shouldn't be too hard. Good luck!

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  57. Happy Birthday!!! I don't have any tips for the chairs, but I did go vote. Good luck!

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  58. Happy, happy birthday!

    As far as your chairs are concerned, I must say those look tricky. I think I'd probably try placing a piece of fabric on the back of the chairs and tucking into the frame, perhaps with a putty knife? This would give the chair backs a new look without disturbing the cushion.

    Amazing that you share a birthday with Chris from Just a Girl. October must be a great month for creative people.

    May this be your best birthday ever and may this year bring you great happiness. You are a jewel.

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  59. These are tricky but with your love of moulding you can do it!
    First Pull off the upholstered piece by taking off the staples
    Secondly you need to cover it there are two options here

    Option A:

    sew the new inset piece like a pillow with small very thin binding around it.
    With this option when you staple it back in you will staple it right beneath the binding on the seam that way the binding will cover up the staples (this is how your original piece is done)

    Option B

    is where your love of moulding will come in..
    cut out a piece of foam core slightly larger than the inset piece you removed.
    Cover it with batting and fabric then you can either tack it on with brass tacks (though you don't seem like a brass tacks kind of girlie) or you just use that staple gun staple it onto the chair frame then go pick out some delicous trim at the fabric store and cover up your staples with some hot glue. I have realized taht fabric trim is the moulding of fabric it just gives a nice finished look and you can really accent curves with it!

    Hope that helps!!!

    ps HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!! MAY YOUR YEAR BE FILLED WITH WOOD FLOORS, BEADBOARD, AND ALL THE MOULDING YOUR HEART CAN STAND!!!!

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  60. Well, you may think this is a cop-out, but I'd go for a chair back slipcover! You could just make it so it comes down to the seat cushion in front, have the side seams open to accommodate the arms and tie below the arms. The back piece could be longer with some detail: a ruffle at the end, buttons down the back, whatever your style is.

    Happy Birthday!

    --Vicki K.

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  61. Happy day to you! May your birthday be filled with plenty of decorating and NKOTB!

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  62. Hmmm. No help on the chair, but happy birthday!!!

    Just last night, we were sitting around talking about age. One of our daughters announced that she would be 12 in 4 months. We talked about our little guy being 6 months today, and the bigger little guy will be 3 on Wednesday. Then it hit me that today is my 3/4 birthday (yes, I really do get excited about things like that), and I said something about turning 34 in 3 months. Uh, yeah. I'm 34 now - totally forgot how old I am! I don't know if it's the kids, or my complete absentmindedness, but I felt just a little silly!

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  63. Happy Birthday Sarah!!

    I have no idea how to do the chairs, but had a question for you.

    Sorry it's probably a dumb one. LOL But anyway, what is the eggshell finish that you use? I haven't done many furniture re-do's, but hubby got a roll top desk that I will be painting black and was just wandering about the finish.

    Oh, and if you know of any tips or great sites or examples for fireplace makeovers that would be awesome! I have very UGLY brick fireplace that I would love to do something with, just don't know what??

    Thanks for any advice!
    Chris

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  64. I would say just pluck those staples out, cover the cushions with fabric and then staple them back on! Easier said than done, right?

    I hope you have a VERY Happy Birthaversary!

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  65. Happy Birthday.

    Chris F.

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  66. Happy Birthday! How awesome to share such a great day, huh? Have a good one!

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  67. YAY!!! It's my birthday today too! (and my sister's since we're twins!!) =)

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  68. Happy Birthday!!! :) I've been twenty-faux for several years now. You could just be thirty-faux. ;)

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  69. Happy Birthday!!!! I just told Just a Girl (her bday is this week too, I'm sure you knew that already) that I actually had to subtract my birth year (1975) from 2009 to see how old I was going to be next month because I couldn't remember. Oy.

    Sorry I have no idea what in the world you can do to the chairs.

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  70. HAPPY B_DAY!!!! hope it's as awesome as you :)

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  71. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!! I HOPE ITS A SPECIAL ONE!!!!!!

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  72. Happy Birthday Sarah! I turned 47 this year, but I thought I was 47 half of last year, so turning it this year wasn't so bad. I have issues with turning older. Of all my friends, I'm the oldest. My bunco group, I'm the oldest. Volleyball team, I'm the oldest. Card club, yep, I'm the oldest. Do you see why I have issues? I love your site and I voted for you. Hope you win. Have a wonderful birthweek.

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  73. Happy Birthday! There is a huge age gap in my house too. I find it comforting; no matter how old I feel or get, he will always be waaaayyy older:)

    I am not sure on the chairs. With projects like those I have learned to just jump in and try something. It seems that no matter how hard I think beforehand, in practice, it always ends up being done totally differently.

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  74. Happy Happy bday!!! I always think I am still 19...but I'm 23...I'll hold on to the dream as long as I can!

    I just re-did a chair similar to this. I wish I had the pics with me to show you! I agree with the others. I just started with the staples and took pics to see how it all went together.

    For my chair, the back was stapled on to the front into the little groove (so the outside back looks nice and smooth) then there was a cushion in between.

    My front was exactly like yours. I had to take the pattern and sew it with a fat piped edge. Then you staple just below the sew line so the piping folds over and hides the staples.

    OR....you can staple the front panel on into the groove and hot glue piping on to cover the raw edge. Since the sewing machine is my enemy, that's my favorite way!

    You basically put 5 billion staples in the same place for the front and the back. I am SO jealous of your new stapler!

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  75. Happy Birthday!!!! Want a little creepy in your life? My name's Sarah and its my birthday too! (But I'm like soooo much younger and stuff...or maybe just 3 years...but I like to pretend even the 5 months between my hubby and I are a lifetime!) ha!

    Have a great day!!

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  76. Good luck with those chairs. I agree with the other commenters. I would take one apart and see how it was put together. You should be able to staple gun the fabric on and cover the staples with the cording. And glue gun that on. I am sure it will look beautiful when you are done!

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

    XOXO
    Jen

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  77. Happy Birthday Sarah! Love your blog, I read your blog everyday!

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  78. Love your blog, Just get a pair of plyers and get going on the chair, it will probably be the best thing you've ever done, isn't that the way it always goes..happy Birthday, I am a new follower..Just getting started and every visit means alot to me..stop over and stay awhile...

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  80. First of all HaPpy BiRThDaY!

    Next, I think I have the same chairs and I redid them a little over a year ago. It is hard work but you can do it. Unfortunately, my chairs did not have any screws that I could remove the back pad easily. Chairs that are more expensive usually have this feature and it makes it so much easier. So after removing a bazillion staples from all eight chairs you can begin the easily remove all of the fabric, padding and any other pieces. I then cut new fabric for the back using the old piece as a pattern. I reattached the fabric to the thin piece of wood that was in the chair. I then put that piece back into the chair and attached with a few staples. Now the hard part, the front of the back of the chair. With my chair, the cording was sewn to the face fabric and then stapled to the chair. The staples actually went through were the cording and the face fabric were sewn together. Well, I tried to replicate that idea but unfortunately could not get it quite right. So I took my fabric and stapled it were the staples were originally. I then purchased double cording and covered it with my fabric using a double cording foot that I purchased off EBay for my home use machine. It sounds hard but was really pretty easy. I then hot glued the cording on to cover the staples. It took more then a week and my hands hurt a lot. But, in the end, I am happy with the results. If you want more info let me know.
    Jen

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  81. Happy Birthday to one of my favorite bloggers! Yours is one blog that I never just 'skim'! I love everything about it! Thanks for the inspiration! Have a good one!

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  82. Hip, hip, hooray for October Birthdays! Mine is in just a few days! Hope you had a GREAT day and I'll eat and extra piece of cake for ya! ;)

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  83. Happy Birthday!!! My 34th is next Friday, no wonder i like your style so much! YAY Libras :)

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  84. HaPpY bIrThDaY!!! No idea baout the chairs....but what ever you do, I'm sure they'll turn out great. I quite sure that whatever you do, they will turn out amazing.
    And don't sweat the forgetting your age thing...You're in great company. :)

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  85. Happy Birthday, Sarah! Mine is on Sunday and I always make a week of it, too! :o)

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  86. Happy Birthday Sarah! I'm sorry, but I have no advice for your lovely chairs. I'm excited to learn from you, though, when you figure it out! :)
    Enjoy your weekend.
    Kimm

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  87. I would just go after it.....start by plucking the staples out in a place that doesn't show near the bottom.....see what it looks like with a couple out it might give you insight as to how it's constructed.
    I love your ideas and have already spray painted several things in my home black! lol I also got inspired to redo my master bath! (Bleeker beige walls and black accessories from Hob Lob) woooohoooo.

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  88. Happy Birthday! I'm enjoying reading your blog! You're really just a baby wait until your 38 or is it 39, I can't remember now!;)Good luck with the chairs I wish I had some advice for you.

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  89. second look at those chairs....is the piping stapled on with a panel adheared over it? In other words is the piping separate from the chair back panel? If so, get rid of the piping and just recover the chair back...voila....right?

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  90. hey girl
    I have only done the back of a chair once. Mine was a panel that popped out (with MAJOR elbow grease) then I sewed a "slipcover/pillowcase" thing over it then re-popped it back in. It was an arch shaped back. As for yours I would just deconstruct one piece by piece and she how it was done. There has GOT to be a way to do it. I bet once all the staples are removed the "secret" will be revealed. Good luck!!

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  91. I Always call it my 'Birthday Week'. I think draggin it out is totally normal! Happy 34th!!!

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