Monthly Archives: November 2010

How to Reupholster a Wingback Rocker, Part VI: The Wings

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How to Reupholster a Wingback Rocker, Part VII: The Inside Back >>

Sorry for the long silence – Thanksgiving week was a bit crazy with all sorts of snow and travel and Thanksgiving and an early Christmas celebration. But here we are – week six, the wings!

  • Step 1: Pin the wing fabric on both sides of the chair, making sure the grain is aligned the way you want it. Using your chalk, draw a line around the arm where the welting seam will go. Sew the welting on along your line (more instructions on this in Step V).

  • Step 2: Put the wing fabric in place. Tuck the fabric in around the chair back and staple to inside of the back rail.

  • Step 3: Bring the wing fabric over the top of the chair and pleat/fold the fabric neatly in the back and staple.

  • Step 4: Staple the fabric to the side of the chair, directly below the padding. Add in crisp pleats where necessary, making sure to match them on both wings.

  • Step 5: Trim up your fabric and cut folds so they will lay flat, and you are done with the wings!

<< Part V: The Arms Part VII: The Inside Back >>


Five Dollar Friday: Floral Arrangements


My lucky week: $3 arrangement. Thank you to my friend, Kate, who supplied the branches with berries so that I could work away at my arrangement. Hopefully next week I can pull off something a little more elaborate, but my $1 pails from Target completed the look. I stuck the branches into floral foam and used a gold leaf branch in each pail to spice up the arrangement. Some brown ribbon added more in the pail since I was running short on time. The berries won’t last long because I decided not to use water in the pails, not knowing if they would leak. I’ll get to enjoy the fresh look for a little while!


Mounted on my floating shelf in my apartment dining space. Doesn’t it add a touch of Christmas?



DIY Sunburst Mirror


This is what I like to call my “Miracle Mirror” project. Sometimes there is only a thread of hope to keep you going when you think that a project idea may flop, which was my dilemma. An empty corner by our TV in our apartment needed something to keep the corner bright, so what better than a fun mirror? I researched and found that many other people have made their own sunburst mirrors. Over several days I collected supplies for my project.I will tell you exactly where I found them to save you the many errands that I ran. Technically, I didn’t spend more than $10…I’m pretty sure!

The supplies included:

Hooby Lobby: Wooden Dowels ($3), 2 packs Mini Mirrors ($3 ea.)

Dollar Store ($2): Round mirror, floral foam wreath

Glue gun and glue sticks

White contact paper

Amount of time: 2 hours

My Inspiration design:

Horchow $1,750

The inspiration to attempt the project: Apartment Therapy Blog

First, I carved a slot into the floral foam wreath where the plain mirror could rest. I could not find a cheap framed, white mirror. So, I created my own! The mirror rested in the floral foam and was then covered in contact paper. Super glue along the edges of the foam held the contact paper on much easier.

With contact paper:

Next, I worked with the dowels, contact paper and mirrors.

I wrapped each wooden dowel with small strips of contact paper (tedious, I know, but it helped to watch a movie!) As I covered the dowels, I laid them in a circle around the frame to see how many I wanted and to what lengths. I stopped at about 18 dowels. Then, while they were still surrounding the frame, I hot-glued all of the mini-square mirrors to the dowels, 2 or 3 to each.

The final step is to poke a small hole into the contact paper, with a pair of scissors, to stick the dowel into the foam. This step worked so well! Some of the dowels were cut shorter (with scissors) so that it would take away weight. I took it one at a time and made sure they were all evenly spaced (some blogs suggest to map out the spacing with tape etc.) The hot glue gun came in handy again for the longer dowels, although I think all of the mirrors would stay in on there own without glue.

Final Product:

This may not be the most permanent or durable of all mirrors, but it weighs less than one pound and serves its purpose!