Practice cushion. Woot woot!
Ah, the promise of a new year! Or, a new year's promises depending on how you view it. I'm not generally the type of person to make New Year's resolutions. Nor one that keeps them. So I don't think I'll make any.
But there is something about a brand new year that's rejuvenating. It's a blank slate. A fresh start. A chance to begin again.
Or just begin things you said you were going finish last year.
I'm an optimist so I'll view this project as the former. J and I are tired of looking at the heap of smelly cushions and damaged wood that is sitting in our front room. We got a bit of cash for Christmas, went straight to the fabric store and bought the first thing that struck our fancy. And I love it. I've made one successful cushion, which is not nearly as pucker-y as the practice one above. We've covered the bottom of the couch once but have already taken it off to add a bit more padding. We went to a local upholstery supply shop and are now the proud owners of 90 feet of Dacron wrap. Not sure what we are going to do with the rest of it, but it was cheaper to buy the whole roll rather than have them cut a piece. Go figure.
J has been working on the frame. There were quite a few deep gouges and one of the legs was half gone. He used a wood epoxy to fill the holes and repair the leg. Then he mixed a stain to match the original finish and put a coat of wax over the whole thing. We're not sure that the leg will last but it sure does look nice. J is a Perfectionist. This is definitely his area of expertise. It's so fun to work on projects together even if our methods differ. I prefer to fly by the seat of my pants. J, not so much.
And yes, our furry project manager has been "helping." Ten points if you can spot her in the first photo.
Wishing you lots of promise in 2012!