Tuesday, August 2, 2011

 So for the past couple of months I have been crafting and creating like crazy around this apartment. You have already seen two of those little projects and I have at least three more to show you after this post. One of the projects that turned out pretty well was adding padded seats to some stools.

I started with two saddle stools that we ordered from Walmart. Our goal for these stools was to use them when we have company over for extra seating at our dining room table. The only problem was that our dining room table is a dark brown and I couldn't find saddle stools anywhere that would match our dining room set. We went ahead and ordered the black stools knowing that I would add some fabric to the top and that hopefully the black and brown difference wouldn't be too terribly noticeable.

I got some two inch thick foam from Hobby Lobby, traced the shape of the seat with a sharpie and cut it out with a box cutter. (Hint: try to cut in a straight line up and down. The finished product can look all wonky if the foam isn't straight since it isn't covered with batting.) Add a little hot glue to the seat and attach the foam. Normally I would add a layer of batting over the foam to help give more cushion and smooth everything out but the lip under the seats was pretty narrow in some spaces and I didn't think I would be able to staple it down neatly.

To cover the foam I used extra fabric that I had left over from making our couch pillows. I don't have any pictures of the next step for four reasons. 
1. I am new at this blogging thing and I easily forget that I want to put a project on my blog.  
2. I get really excited about what I am doing and don't want to stop to take pictures because it slows me down.
3. I was super busy pulling, straightening and stapling the fabric over and over again.
4. Phoebe kept attacking me. See the proof in the above picture. Do you see her? Do you also see the toy that she kept ignoring no matter how much I begged her to play with it?
By the time I was finished, my fingertips were too sore to operate a camera. Here is a picture of the final product taken several days later:


What do you think? I like them and I am super proud of myself for getting the stripes straight.

Oh here are some pictures of the next two projects I am going to show you but I can't decide which one to do first. What do you think, 1 or 2?

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