Thursday, May 26, 2011

Ready for some vacation

We haven't been on vacation in a very long time. The last "real vacation" was last July to Hawaii to celebrate our first anniversary. Since I have a trade show coming up in July and will be crazy busy until then, and Brian can't have vacation till October, we are really looking forward for a long weekend in Jekyll Island to relax. I can't wait to stick my feet in the sand and take long walks on the beach. Rest, play some games, ride bikes around the island... I'm really ready, hopefully the day is going by fast tomorrow and the traffic won't be as bad. We are prepared for some rain over the weekend, I packed our backgammon board, which we are addicted to and some beach games.

What are your plans for Memorial Day? I wish all of you some nice peaceful days, get some rest and hopefully not such bad weather!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Wing Chair Recovery - Part II

Only for those of you who already forgot how the wing chair looked when I first got it, here is a picutre which I took in the thrift store!
For the amazing price of $18 it is all mine.

 Too nasty to sit in, I first ripped off all of the fabric, (I'll spare you the details, since I blogged about that before)

layed the old fabric out, cut the new fabric pieces a little bigger than the old ones and made little fabric piles. I bought about 9' of fabric online at

 I kept all of the old buttons, cut little circles and sewed fabric on each of them. I can tell you, that was my least favorite part.  

After all 27 buttons were done, the back seat was the first piece that I re-buttoned.


The buttons go all the way through the fabric and cushion - the back part gets spread apart and rests on the foam.
I put the cushion in place and stapled it firm to the back.

Repeated all those steps with the seat.

For the arms, I had to put some more batting in, since I had to get rid of all the old material - nasty stuff. I guess after 20 years it was time to get replaced. Did I mention that the chair was build in 1992? Not sure if that is old for a wing chair?

I tried to follow some instructions on the internet on how to recover a wing chair, but gave up after step number three, and just did what I thought was best. I cross-stiched every piece first, so it wouldn't rip and then layed it on the side it needed to go and stapled it to the back or bottom.
 It is still resting on my trash can. When I sent this picture to my mom, she thought I came up with a cool idea for the legs, but no, I just needed the space to better staple the fabric to the bottom.

I turned the chair up side down to attach some wooden sticks to the spirals. Held them in place with chicken wire, but the first second I sat in that chair, all three of the sticks broke. Good idea, but worthless. So I removed the broken sticks again and just decided that no heavy people will sit in the chair.

I put the legs back on, sanded them in the room (not a good idea!) But if you are lazy, try it, you will have more work afterwards to clean about every single corner of the room. I learned from our last mistake and at least closed the door this time, so the dust wouldnt' be in the whole house.
I painted the feet in a dark brown color, which I still had left from various projects.


From this picture you can't really tell that the back and the sides are not done yet. I need a break and it is already so comfortable sitting in it that there is no urgency. The bottom sides are still uncovered, and I need to get a second opinion on how to finish it.

I made a pillow for my new little foot stool, which I also bought at Borders, for $15. After painting it the same color as the feet of the wing chair, I attached velcro on the bottom, so that you can still use it as a stepping stool when needed.

After a couple of days off, my eyes were twitching again.. I just needed to finish that chair! I cut out cardboard in the shape of the sides and the back of the chair and attached the fabric to it with carpet nails. After they were in place I hammered them in and used the staple gun some more to straighten up some parts of the fabric which were not completely tight around the chair.

AND IM DONE (after about a week of work)

 I already saw another wing chair at Good Will, but Brian already looked weird and I decided not to spoil my luck here.
Have a great week everyone.

Material List: 
  • an old wing chair
  • about 9' fabric of your choice
    • hold on to the old fabric to measure your pieces
  • staple gun and staples
  • batting
  • hammer
  • card board
  • carpet nails
  • sand paper
  • paint for updating the legs
  • a little bit of time and nerves 
  • For the foot stool you need all the above and some velcro

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Monday, May 9, 2011

finally.. I was able to move into my very own office. :) I can't tell you how long I have waited for this moment to arrive. Two and a half years ago, I started at my company and about every six months this topic of getting promoted came up. Unfortunately on the international side, where I was working, a manager position was not in the budget. So last week one of my colleagues on the domestic side (the operations and conference manager) quit her job and I got asked if I would like to take her position. Immediatly After a minute of consideration I agreed on the conditions, and since last monday I am a manager. Yes, you heard right, I am a MANAGER! I know that that means more responsibilty and more work, but also more money, my very own office with a door you can shut! a blackberry and some travel involved. In Germany I always had my own office, only one time I had to share one with my favorite ex colleague Tanja, who is now one of my dearest friends, (I guess that happens if you work that close for 2 1/2 years with somebody) But until working in the US, I have never had to sit in a cube with no windows to look out to. It is so different and so difficult to get used to.
Now after 2 1/2 years the wait paid off.

Today I reorganized, labeled binders, closed my door and enjoyed the silence and the natural lighting. I was also sitting in a short sleeved shirt without my heating pad attached to me. That might sound weird to you, but for the last 2 years, there was not one single day that I haven't had my hot heating pad on me. It is always so freezing cold in that office, that I could not bare sitting there with just a T-shirt on. Now on the domestic side it is a totally different story. The sun is shining in my office and it is warm in there. I really had fun at work and got some stuff done. Let see how much time I will have left for crafting.

I'm still working on my re-uphostery and am now at a point of not knowing how to get to finish it. I already like it a lot, also it is making weird noises when sitting on it. I guess that comes when you get an old chair. I put some WD40 on it, but the squeaking is just not going away- oh well.
The front is done, the upper sides are done and the feet are painted, but the lower sides are not that easy. There is some more thinking involved but so far, I couldn't figure out how to do it.  

I wish you all a great week!