Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Ottoman Empire

Some time ago..... ok, it was actually in the last Millennium, I did a short upholstery course and really enjoyed the string spring thing.  I did some drop in seats for a set of dining chairs and was quite chuffed with the result.  Later I did some stools and simple decorator items.  Then...... nothing.  Well nothing until about 3 months ago when I recovered an IKEA ottoman in fake cow hide.  Much as I liked the look, my fabric choice was poor. I purchased fabric with one way stretch and when stretched over the ottoman, the resulting look was.... less than perfect.   Ridges and lines were visible, it was a poor job. 

So on Sunday I zipped to Spotlight and bought 1.5m of a Jocelyn Proust fabric.  Lovely heavy weight cotton with a bold blue and orange print.  Made even more delightful by being 40% off. So the piece cost me less than $25.   The colours suit the loungeroom with a solid blue Layzboy armchair and a bright orange 3 seater.  The plan was for the ottoman to tie them together. 



The construction of the Ottoman made it very difficult to staple fabric evenly along two sides of the piece. I was using a basic lever Arrow T50 Staple Gun, but with insufficient timber for leverage, the staples weren't even and uniform or even well placed.    I decided it was time to lash out on another piece of the Ryobi 18v ONE+ Range and purchased the Cordless Stapler.    Not one for reading instructions it was very easy to load and set the depth of the staple and .....  well I got stuck right in!

Half way done with 2 of the feet back on.   The whole process took less than an hour. I didn't time the process, I calculate an hour because I was listening to Schiller "Live in Berlin" on UE Boom and I didn't get all the way through before the job was done!!t

Really happy with the outcome.   

What will I staple next????


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