I live in an apartment now which means I have to be more organized. Every bit of space counts! I decided a while back to start looking for a storage chest to use as a coffee table so my kids wouldn't leave 500 blankets laying around all the time. Unfortunately, they were all pretty expensive or didn't fit my decor. I was so happy one day when someone from my MOPS group posted a photo of one she wanted to sell for $10. SOLD! After buying the fabric and staples I spent about $30 total on this- waaaaay cheaper than brand new, and I love the fabric to boot!
Storage Chest Makeover- an upholstery tutorial
-A storage chest (duh)
-2.5 yards of home decor fabric, canvas, or cotton duck fabric (I used the cotton duck from Hobby Lobby. Much cheaper than home decor fabric) ***Tip***Choose a non-directional print! Especially if this is your first attempt at upholstery. No lines to match up!!!
-An electric staple gun (I borrowed one from a friend- trust me, this is MUCH easier than a manual one)
|Blowin' the smoke off my gun. Because I can't help but do something nerdy when I wear my nerd glasses.|
-Sewing machine and matching thread
Got all your stuff? Good- it's go time!
Step One- Clean up the storage chest as needed and disassemble. I needed a Phillips head screwdriver to take mine apart.
***Two important tips!***
ONE- Take a picture of the way it is assembled up close. It might look self explanatory but those little pieces have to aim the right way and I promise you will forget.
TWO- place the tiny screw and pieces in a baggie and label which side they were on.
|This is what it looked like before!|
|Now taken apart!|
|I had plenty of fabric so I gave myself plenty of fabric to work with. You can always trim later!!!|
|Nice and pretty.|
|Both long sides complete.|
|Stapling along the way.|
|Making it pretty!|
|There- see how pretty that looks?|
|My lid. Am I done yet?|
Add 2" to the HEIGHT of each side.
Add 1" to the WIDTH of each side.
Don't mess this part up! Measure twice, cut once!
|The four pieces.|
|A corner of the base to show an example.|
Step Twelve- Remember where all those pieces go? No? Whew- good thing you took those photos and kept the parts divided in baggies! Put it back together, using your fingers to feel for the holes where the screws originally went.
|You need to use a little elbow grease to get the screws through the thick fabric.|
|Stuff it full of blankets and pillows- you KNOW you have too many!!!|
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