The saga of the window seat cushion

So, when we took our first look at this house, this was the little area off the kitchen. You can’t really call it a dining room, but it’s sort of a small open area overlooking the outdoor patio.

window-seat1

The former owner had far more over-the-top taste than I/we do. But you can see the window seat is a basic brown. Not bad, until you turned the cushion over and realized it was completely faded, the bottom torn off and it was barely hanging on. Under that cushion is a big storage bin. We have the outside blankets in it now.

Still, it needed an update.

window-seat2

Here’s from when we moved in. Pretty bare.

So, one of the things we wanted to take care of was recovering that cushion. It’s custom – like everything else in this damn place. I didn’t want to haul it all over town, so I took the research-on-the-Internet-and-call approach instead. I was quoted some truly crazy prices – one guy wanted $780! It’s a cushion, not a diamond.

So, it became a mission. I sent emails with photographs and measurements to at least 5 other re-upholsterers in town. Then, while Rebecca was visiting, I walked into one of my favorite downtown store – it’s got lovely beach-y looking furniture and decorations. So pretty to explore. I asked them if they had a recommendation for an upholsterer and they did!

I called the guy  and took the cushion to him. He told me where to find the perfect remnant store that had good prices on fabrics.  I bought 5 yards of a deep red micro-suede and took that to him too. A few days later it was ready.

Fabric: $120

Labor: $350

Not TOO bad.

He had to recover every single button and the cushion is reversible so that was 20+ buttons – that was where the expense came in. But it looks great!

window seat

Took me a month … but it’s done.

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A mother, sister, wife, and daughter who writes, knits, hikes, and practices yoga on the west coast. Loves a zippy chardonnay or a tart margarita!

2 Comments

  1. Michele
    October 5, 2013

    I love the way that you suss things out!!! It really looks awesome…Did you choose the micro fiber because the cats won’t claw on it? Dumb question, I know ,but… I want to recover some pieces and my cats are BAD!
    M

  2. October 7, 2013

    Hee-hee! I chose the micro suede because it’s pretty durable and easy to clean. I can also vacuum it. So far, the kitties haven’t tried anything with it, but I trim their claws regularly and that certainly helps with the scratching. I don’t think they would hesitate to go after this fabric, but they have other scratchy things they like better and I sprinkle those with catnip to keep them directed to those items. Good luck!

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