Monthly Archives: December 2010

How to Reupholster a Wingback Rocker, Part VIII: Outside Arms & Wings

<<Part VII: The Inside Back

Here I am, back from Christmas  with another few steps on my wingback chair. My chair had plywood fit into the gap on the outside wing, which saved me some webbing and lining fabric.

Step 1: Thanks to my jumping the gun on webbing, I had to re-web the outside arm (for instructions on webbing, see this post).

Step 2: After the webbing was in place, cut lining fabric and staple it over the webbing and other gaps, making sure to pull it taut.

Step 3: Cut thin layers of batting to size and use only a few staples to put these into place over the lining.

Step 4: Staple the welting along the back/outside wings. Cut the outside wing fabric to size and stapled the fabric to the welting. For me this was a trick at times since I didn’t have flexible metal tacking, which I would recommend for the curves that need stapling.

Step 5: Staple welting from front arm panel securely to the side of the arm.

Step 6: Place cardboard strip along the base of the arm roll. Push it as far up as possible to hide the lining and batting.

Step 7: Staple the cardboard strip into place.

When you pull the fabric down, the outside arm should look like this:

Step 8: Cut tacking strip (I used a cardboard tacking strip) to size, and place it tacks up beside the rail. It might take a few times to place it correctly. Pull the fabric down over the tacking strip, pushing the staples through. Flip the tacking strip over and make sure it is straight and all looks good. Then pound in using a rubber mallet. Be sure to go with the rubber as opposed to a regular hammer which will break down the fabric over the tacks. Repeat for the other side.

Step 9: Staple the fabric securely along the bottom of the chair.


I forgot to take a photo of the completed side, so the photo below is a current one with the rockers reattached.



Coffee and sugar in this season contributes to not falling asleep at night, which contributes to creating a late-night post about plaid. There are some very fun seasonal patterns, but one of my favorites is plaid. Maybe this pattern is more often found in log cabins, but I found several ideas of how to incorporate plaid into anything!

Crate and Barrel



Pottery Barn


Wrapping Paper Pier 1 Imports




Etsy Plaid Buttons

Framed Art with Style: Lonny Mag

This month’s issue of Lonny Magazine includes some great ideas for framed art.

I think my favorite wall is this first one because of the creativity. What a great way to offset a teeny tiny window in the bathroom by making it appear a part of a gallery wall! The only caution with framed art in the bathroom is it can easily get steam between the art and the glass. Use inexpensive prints in the bathroom, and frame with spacers between the matting and the glass so the artwork doesn’t touch the condensation. The best bet for bathrooms is canvas art, with oil or acrylic that won’t be harmed by moisture.

First off, I am loving the grasscloth wallpaper on the ceiling. Such an interesting texture in an unexpected place. The computer monitor and file folders are offset by the artwork on the wall for a less office-y look.

In the living room below a painting has been framed in a circular frame, modernizing the piece and making it a focal point rather than an unnoticeable been-in-the-family-forever painting.

And a corkboard surfaced with wallpaper and framed in a vintage frame ties pictures together, making the backdrop for this desk a work of art. And would somebody tell me where to buy that white chair please?