Do you ever feel like you’ve completely lost “the touch”? Like you have a period of time where all of your projects are going just fine, and then….BAM. You just can’t seem to get anything to work properly?
I do. And I feel like I’m kind of in the midst of a DIY slump right now. The latest isn’t what I would call a complete DIY fail. It’s just a DIY frustration. It’s a that’s-not-how-it-looked-in-my-mind kind of project. And those are sometimes even more disappointing to me than the complete fail projects.
And of course, I’m talking about my dining chairs. I only had two to paint and cover, and it really shouldn’t have been that difficult, especially since I had a picture with a clear vision of where I was headed with this project. Remember my inspiration chairs from House Beautiful?
It was one of those situations where I knew it wasn’t quite right to start with, almost immediately after I sewed the seat cover. But it was already getting late, and I convinced myself that rather than rip out all of the stitching and re-sewing the seat cover, I could somehow make this work.
That didn’t quite work out for me.
See how the cording is rippled and puckered in places? That’s because it’s been a while since I’ve sewn with covered cord, and I forgot that you have to pull it taut while pinning it to the fabric, and then again while sewing, or it’s going to pucker like that (especially because I never cut my cord fabric on the bias like you’re supposed to…I just cut it straight, so it’s a little more finicky to work with).
I also forgot to pull the edge fabric taut while pinning and sewing, so it’s also gathered and puckered in places, rather than being smooth. I also made the cover slightly too big. I thought I could make it work by just using extra batting, but that doesn’t really work either, because the more batting you use, the more you lose those boxy edges that make the covered cord look so good.
So my whole strategy of trying to make it work, even though I knew from the beginning that it just wasn’t right, really backfired on me. It was like a row of falling dominoes…one thing went wrong, and that led to something else, which led to something else…
I’m also not fond of the way that the seat on my chair extends past the chair frame, where the edge of the seat on the inspiration chair is even with the chair frame, giving it a much cleaner look. Mine looks kind of frumpy.
The one thing I do like is the paint finish on mine. And even though I distressed the finish quite a bit more than I had originally intended, I’ve come to really like it. Since these chairs are the exact same paint color as my kitchen cabinets, I like how the distressing and dry brushing really sets them apart from the cabinets.
So I’m disappointed, but not discouraged to the point that I’ll give up. Like every other project that’s gone sideways lately, I’ll just try again, and hope for better results next time. I know where I went wrong, so hopefully that knowledge will make the next time a success.
I really need to start shaping up with the DIY stuff around here. I’m a bit afraid that if I keep having these DIY fails, you’ll stop visiting me! Please don’t stop visiting me!! I’ll get things headed in the right direction. No more DIY fails! I haven’t the time or the patience for it, and I simply won’t allow it!
Update: I just remembered this chair that I painted and upholstered a few years back. It has the cording, too. And it’s on the top AND the bottom of the seat. So, I’ve done it before. I’m pretty sure I can do it again!!
How are your projects going? Better than mine, I hope!! Tell me what you’ve gotten accomplished lately!