Tuesday, 26 August 2014

How to Upholster a Chair - In 3 Easy Steps

How to upholster a chair easily

Firstly let me stress how easy it is to upholster a chair seat , anyone who can neatly wrap a birthday present can upholster a chair seat. I will be really honest with you I can be quite lazy, if a DIY project takes too long or I find it too complicated I WILL give up so when it comes to DIY projects I keep it quick, simple with a pretty end result.

What is needed to upholster a chair

All you need to upholster a chair is good, strong, thick quality fabric. I chose this vintage inspired fabric. I bought 1.5 meters, this was enough to cover six dining chair seats with material spare to cover another. A staple gun and plenty of staples, I bought this simple one from my local DIY store, a pair of scissors (excuse mine, my fabric scissors were packed away but these ones worked fine) and a pencil for tracing (yes I know I used a pen but again the pencils were packed away in boxes) and that is it, you are good to go!

Step 1 Upholster a chair

First pop the seats out, mine were only held in place by dowels so were really easy to remove. Place the seat upside down and trace around on your fabric, leaving an inch gap for folding over and cut out. As you can see I haven't been neat at all with mine as once it has been placed back on the chair no one will ever know, it can be your own dirty little secret! 

Step 2 Upholster a chair

Next fold your fabric and staple on to your chair, I didn't bother removing the old fabric just covered over it, make sure you pull the fabric tightly so there are no creases and don't skimp on the staples, use plenty!

Step 3 Upholster a chair

Finally fix your seat back on to your chair and stand back and admire your handy work. It really is that simple to upholster a chair, I can't believe I haven't done it before.


Tuesday, 19 August 2014

We Have Moved - A Sneak Peek at our new Home

You may have noticed I haven't posted in a while, I have been busy packing, unpacking, decorating and then settling in. I can't believe how stressful the whole process has been and how tears I've shed but now we are in and mostly unpacked it's totally all been worth it.

My favorite room in the house is the kitchen dining room, it's the heart of the house and over looks the garden so while I'm busy cooking I can watch the little lads play. I've been able to get creative and try a little upcycling with old furniture which I love and this has inspired me to add a new 'Homeware' section to this blog (coming soon) 

My other favorite room in the house is the little lads bedroom, which I wanted to share with you today, its far from finished but I love how its coming along.

I found this vintage trunk in a gamers shop of all places, it was displayed in the window and costs only £10.00! I have been looking for one for ages and have always been out bid on eBay as they are often used as quirky coffee tables so was delighted when I found this one. Its in excellent condition and I use it as a toy box. When the little lads Nanna saw it, she said it reminded her of one she use to have when she was travelling as a teeneager but hers had loads of old travel luggage stickers on it, I loved this idea so went searching for some vintage travel stickers and found these replicates on eBay. They are perfect, Tiger loves looking at them and for me makes the trunk more 'boys room friendly'.

Who knew I would ever be so excited about wall paper, I only wanted a subtle statement wall for the boys bedroom. I adore stripes, especially those that clash and this Laura Ashley wall paper is perfect and has pulled in all the other stripes around the room together.

There's still so much more I want to do with their bedroom but so far I love it and so do they, they've both settled in nicely and are so happy to be sharing a room (lets hope this continues!!)

Monday, 4 August 2014

Sunuva Kids UV Swimwear Review and Giveaway!

Sunuva swimwear
Floatsuit from Sunuva £39.00

I've been searching for UV protective swimwear for the little lads for the summer holidays so was delighted when Sunuva Swimwear contacted me and asked if I wanted to review theirs. I had already seen their beautifully printed swimwear through the Sunuva Instagram account so was really excited for them to arrive, especially as we have planned various beach days out this summer holidays.

For Beaux I choose this super cute  Boys Savannah Floatsuit, besides loving the colour combo of grey and yellow I liked the added bonus of the floats which insert inside little pockets on the swimsuit. Beaux has no fear and charges towards anything he likes the look of and that includes the sea! It was great having that extra added safety net, although I couldn't let him paddle off alone I could relax a little more. He loved the freedom, paddling, splashing and pretending to swim. The Savannah flloatsuit isn't as cumbersome as you might think, he kept it on the entire time at the beach and he didn't seem at all restricted.

Swimshorts £39 Rash Vest £38 both Sunuva

For Tiger I choose the boys chilli pepper swim suit, I always make a point of choosing bright unique swimwear for Tiger. Other than loving the vibrant and quirky chilli and lime design you can spot him a mile away! Which is so handy when we are at a busy lido or at the beach.  Tiger told me 'it's super comfy' so comfortable in fact when it arrived he wanted to wear it underneath his clothes on a 30 degrees day!! I obviously didn't let him and told him we would save it until our special day out at the beach. He happily settled for that. 

I am a huge fan of Sunuva swimwear, amazing quality and design. I was so tempted by their sibling range, matching swimwear, how blinking cute??!

How would you like a chance to win £150 to spend on swimwear at Sunuva? I am currently hosting a give away over on Instagram, it's definitely a giveaway you wouldn't want to miss (ends 18/08/14) 

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