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Tutorial on Upholstering a Bench or Chair Seat

I’ve written a little tutorial on upholstering a bench or chair seat with also a Youtube video at the end so you can use one or both if you are wanting to do some at some point too. As always when doing a DIY job there are a few things to consider before you start so hopefully this will be helpful.

The thing, I think that puts most people off doing a bit of upholstering is that it seems like it might be a tad fiddly and time consuming but you know what ? It is actually really simple and easy – and can save money by doing the job yourself. I don’t mean sofas or armchairs although there are lots of local courses teaching this too but if you’re looking to cover an old stool, dining chair seat or in my case a bench seat, then it is well worth putting aside a few hours and giving it a go. I promise !

What you will need.

Fabric of choice. Ideally thicker upholstery fabric to stand the test of time.

Fine sandpaper, primer and your chosen paint colour.

Staple gun, tape measure, pins, scissors, newspaper, pencil / fabric marker, screwdriver.

Things to consider.

You don’t alway have to have co-ordinating colours. You may want to of course. But I have chosen a paint and a fabric that are not an obvious choice together but actually work as a great contrast. The fabric is called Tropicana in Navy from the Tango range by Linwood. I love it and am a big fan of this collection, it’s  really vivid and striking. There are four colourways to choose from. They also have velvets and wallpaper. I’ve been a bit obsessed with using it on something for a while so this is quite an exciting project.

One thing to really consider is the width and length of the piece/s you are upholstering. If you are using a plain solid colour then all you need to think about is the width and whether it is wide enough to cover along with the seams needed. You will be able to use it width ways to length ways. If it has a pattern then does it work visually both ways or will it only work one way ? For example if it has animals or houses as a print, you won’t want them going sideways. They can only be upholstered facing upwards.

With this print here it works either way so as the bench is longer than one width of the fabric I am using it sideways and it works. You will see my do this in my Youtube video to clarify. I had some material left over so I made a few scatter cushions ( a tutorial for another day maybe ? )

Please do check whether your fabric of choice is fire retardant. Very important if it is for indoors.

Getting started.

Remove the seat from the base it is on. In this case it’s attached by hinges so I unscrewed them and then marked where they were so it made putting it back together again easier. If it’s a chair then you might be able to remove it without any tools.

With a tape measure work out the width and length of the seat ( always check twice ) and then you will also need at least 5 cm for extra on all sides for stapling under. Lay the fabric on the seat to make sure you have the pattern as you want it to be seen bearing in mind the seams on each end. It would be a shame to have a feature of the print left out or disappearing off to one side. Equally if you can get the print to look balanced then it will look better and not bother you for years on ( or maybe that’s just me being pedantic ! ) Cut out the amount required and save.

I may be stating the total obvious here but I will say it anyway as I have made the mistake myself in the past. Make sure you cover the floor area where you are working for the painting part. If you are using an oil based paint especially as it is near impossible to completely remove it if spilt. I have sheets but lots of newspaper is just as good.

For the bench it will need rubbing down with sandpaper and then some primer. Although you may decide not to prime over the original paint and just go straight in with your new colour, I do think it helps to use primer as the new paint sticks better, giving an overall better finish.

Once you’ve sanded the area and primed you can paint – maybe two coats if needed. Leave it to dry and set to work on the upholstering of the padded seat.

When you’ve measured out the fabric needed with a tape measure and marker or pencil you can cut it – remembering the 5 cm seams on every side. This means 2 folds of 2.5 cm to give a neat finish underneath and to avoid any fraying.

I’d recommend either asking someone to help you with this next bit as you will need to pull the fabric tightly before stapling it on – or as you will see in my tutorial you can do it all yourself with pins. It just takes a bit of smoothing out all over before pinning all around to hold it in place before you turn the seat over and staple. When it comes to all the corners there will be excess fabric in a ‘ V ‘ shape that you will need to cut away to enable you to fold the corners over before stapling. I recommend having a look at the video to see how I cut it. If you don’t remove them there will be too much bulk and the seat won’t sit properly on it’s base ? So once you’ve fastened each side down and the corners too you are done.

As mentioned earlier I also made a little Youtube for you to refer to. Any upholstering questions then leave me a comment and I will get back to you.

If you’d like to have a little look at all of Linwood’s lovely fabrics you can do so here.

Also, come and say hi on instagram.

The fabric was a gift. All opinions as ever are my own.

Win a bespoke Mood Board and Home Guide

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I’m really pleased now to be able to share my online service, offering anyone anywhere searching for interior design inspiration, a bespoke interior design mood board, also help with room and home planning.

Maybe you’re not sure about which colour palette to use ? Or you just can’t quite figure a layout in the room that will work ?

To celebrate the start of this not only I am offering 10% off this July, I’m also offering a reader one of my services. If you’d like a mood board made for you; maybe you’re thinking about redesigning a room or want to tweak a space with a different colour scheme –  then I’d love to create something for you that’ll guide and inspire you for your project.

I currently offer two packages and the winner will receive Option 1 which is a Bespoke Digital Mood Board and a curated Home Inspiration Guide which includes lots of places to find the right pieces for you including my go to stores for the best finds. You could say it’s my ‘ little black book ‘. This is usually £90 per room as you’ll see on my online service page along with Option 2.

This will be emailed you once compete within 7 days and if you would like a copy in the post then no problem – consider it done.

Once the giveaway ends I will be in touch via email where we can have a consultation chat via email to establish what you’re looking for and go from there.

So if you fancy a bit of insight and help from an interior designer then maybe this could be the opportunity to get going ?

I’ve set up a Rafflecopter below for you to enter if you’d like to take part and the terms and conditions also.

Really looking forward to hopefully working with you on something lovely for your home. It’s so good to be able to reach you wherever you live in the world.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Terms and Conditions. 

Winner will be picked at random by Rafflecopter.

This giveaway is open to entrants worldwide. If you are under 16 please ask a parent or guardian to enter on your behalf !

I will be attempt to get in touch with the winner via email within 24 hours of this giveaway ending and ask for a response within 48 hours or a new entrant will be chosen.

No cash or alternative prize alternative offered.

I am more than happy to make one alteration to your final mood board. Please beat this in mind when entering. Once your mood board is emailed and posted to this service will have been completed on my part and no further designs will be created.

As you will be entering via Rafflecopter which will be acting as a third party, I have added their privacy policy here.

GOOD LUCK!

If you’re looking for extra inspiration in the meantime, then have a look at my Pinterest boards.

Welcome to Lucy Gleeson Interiors

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You many have noticed that I have been absent for a little while ? Well, this is because I took January off and also a few things have changed here. For starters, this website is now called Lucy Gleeson Interiors. Thanks so much for supporting me as Lucy Loves Ya for the last 8 years, I really appreciate it so much – and I will still be blogging regularly so hope you will stay with me as there’s lots to come.

Nothing has changed in that I still love writing about home design, DIY ideas and looking at trends. Definitely still enjoy interviewing designers, artists and brands too.

But, it was time to also add my interior design and styling services which can be found at in the pages at the top. If you are looking this year to make changes to your home in some way or know someone who wants to. Do get in touch. I can offer lots of different options but am also really open to bespoke requests. You can find out more about my services at the top of the blog.

Interior Design Textiles colour wheel hues swatches

It’s an exciting time and there are many plans for this year. Including a book that is currently at the construction stage and I can’t wait to share more of this with you as soon as I am able to.

I will also be running some online courses. Will of course let you know when this is closer to fruition.

So this post is short and sweet. But I will be updating again shortly. It’s nice to be back.

Independent Store gifts for Big and Little Kids

Space Leopard Print Cool Fun ArtWith a month or so left now until the big day I’ve written this post to support some independent online stores who stock really cool gifts for big and little kids. Believe me though they’re worth having a look at.

I’ve such admiration for anyone running their own shop with all the hard graft, having been a store owner myself.

To start with, this personalised Space Leopard print above is from Eleanor Bowmer. There’s quite a range of cool unique pressie ideas to be found on her site including personalised art work.

Quirky mat acrylic home gift idea

For quite a few years now, I have received the Finest Imaginary newsletter and designer Kim’s collections become more and more inventive every year. This is a place mat. In fact, you receive 6 layers that equals 6 mats –  a full burger in a bun for £20 which I think is a bargain as they are all made by Kim herself. You might want to see some of her acrylic jewellery too.

Collage Christmas Gifts Kids Fun Colourful

1. Vinyl Print  – Showler & Showler 2. T – shirt –  Disko Kids 3. Throws – Roos Beach 4. Stockings – Lift Store 5. Light Boxes – I Love Retro 6. Striped Cushion – Polkra

This year we added some of Showler & Showler’s prints to the kids’ bedrooms and they really are fab. They are more than suitable for adults too though. Really vivid and cheerful.

Now, this t  – shirt is for children but I really want it myself. Disko Kids also make clothing for adults too so … phew. I have one of their prints here at home too.

Since visiting Roos Beach in Cornwall last time we visited, I have been a fan. They have superb taste in everything and there’s loads or choose from. If you can’t make it to Newquay then thank goodness for the webshop.

Lift Store are based in Southwold so not far from me. It’s a very cute place with some really quirky things at affordable prices. Impossible to leave without some of their stationery. Again, they are online and currently selling these stockings.

I think the name I Love Retro speaks for itself. So much eye candy that appeals to all ages. Really good gifts for Christmas.

If you haven’t heard of Polkra  – they source, design and make their own products and in my opinion make stunning homeware in lots of bold colours. Do check them out if you can.

Unicorn pin board colourful

If you are, or have any unicorn lovers in your home then this cork pin board from Rocket & Fox might appeal ? I think it’s very cute. What do you think ?

Sparkly handbag gift ideas

We’ve made several orders from Puptart London recently because every time someone sees one of their personalised or sparkly shoulder bags they want one too. I love their glittery bow ties for dogs. A lovely shop.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post and maybe discovered a few new places to look.

This isn’t sponsored at all. Just thought I’d share the love.

Lucy x

Revitalising the Living Room with Sanderson Grey Mist

Grey Living Room Colours Yellow Blue TealToday I am going to give you a little tour around my living room now that it’s complete in both colour and comfiness. In fact, I am breaking it down in to three posts in total over the next few weeks as I want to go in to a bit of detail on choices and have a review to do of my new sofas and talk about my lovely new rug and how I chose the right size.

So, initially let’s start with wall colour and why ? Well, for some time I’ve been frustrated with the lack of light in the room. Having painted the walls almost a pure white and realising that without lots of natural sunlight, no amount of applying ‘ high value ‘ will brighten it. In fact it does the opposite. It emphasises the dark and feels gloomy.

Grey wall teal sofa gold light

With that in mind, I decided a neutral was needed. After the Sanderson event recently I tried out some of their greys to define instead and as I knew I would be adding plenty of colour with furniture and accessories and it would enhance them. In fact, I went for one of their brand new ones called Grey Mist in Matt Emulsion which I tried out on each wall at first. I recommend samples first always, as a paint will look one colour in your home and completely different in someone else’s.

After a week of checking it at different times of the day when I was relaxing in the room, I really liked it. It’s a consistent mid grey with ever such a slight presence of blue. In the daytime it’s actually quite warm when the sun makes an appearance and then works really nicely with ambient lamps later on.

White Painted Fireplace

The room feels so much more defined now. We painted the stoneGrey Walls Living room
fireplace white to balance out the doors and then used Grey Mist Oil Based Eggshell again on the radiators to blend them with the rest of the room.

Grey Wall Blue Sofa

It’s the first time I’ve used Sanderson paint. It took two coats for me to feel entirely happy although the first coverage was pretty impressive. I painted the first one and then thought better of it and asked our lovely local painter to come and do the second ( I’m not the fastest decorator to be honest ). We both felt that the paint was very good quality and nice to work with – a creamy texture.

Grey Mist Paint Living Room Walls DJ decks

With the teals and yellows in the room and then pops of pinks it has all worked out as planned and I do love grey and gold together, hence choosing Lennox sconces from the shop Made that aren’t too dominating but draw your eye with the industrial bulbs.

Hope you like it too and keep an eye out over the next few weeks for the rug and sofa posts.

Lucy x

The paint was a gift from Sanderson.