Thursday, August 19, 2010

Pondering Reupholstery

Let me begin with this: I have been sewing, crafting and wielding tools since I was a kid. I've made slipcovers for sofas, chairs and love seats. I've designed and built decks, furniture, toys and additions to my home(s). I've renovated antique houses - right down to a complete bathroom gutting and remake. And I have done some upholstery. I've just never tackled a sofa.

Well, it's coming down to do or die with our old sofa and chair. They're family heirlooms, passed to us from my mother-in-law, who purchased them new in 1931. They need new covers, springs, padding - the works. I've only done the new padding and covers parts in my past adventures. Undaunted, though, hubs wants to tackle this, so here's a time lapse video of what to expect if we tackle this.

I have no idea where we'll be able to do the work other than in the living room, but I know it MUST be done in less than a week once we begin. We absolutely cannot live with a giant craft project taking up most of the space inside our existing giant craft project - our home is a WIP!

Thanks to Freshly Picked for sharing this video of what it takes to reupholster an old sofa.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Extreme Makover: Home Edition Berks County

The biggest thing to happen around here this summer is the big construction project going on just up the road apiece (about 20 miles north) in Tilden township. ABC and crew plus a huge contingent of volunteers are building a new home for Trisha and Cora Urban. It's been a whirlwiind week of press, work and wondrous accomplishment - read about it here.