Monday, September 20

new "hobby"

Yeah, another one.

I thought it would be a good idea to read up on upholstery so that I can upholster the furniture Brian makes for our house. Brian's dad saw my upholstery book so he thought it would be a good idea for me to reupholster one of his family heirlooms. I said "what the heck". Might as well practice on someone else's stuff. The piece was a rocker and had a naugahyde vinyl seat. The finish was in dire need of major touch-ups. It took me quite a bit of time to get it looking good. Next came the seat. Following all of the steps in my book, I had the seat done in a weekend. Not too shabby, eh? It was actually more work to do the finishing (and I sort of know what I'm doing when it comes to that). It looks pretty good if I do say so myself. Hopefully, it won't fall apart the first time it's used.

Tonight, I caught the reupholstery bug again. The chair for the desk in my bedroom was rather worn. I've been using it a lot lately due to my new card-making (i.e. stamping) hobby. Every time I sit in it, I think "boy, I should really redo this seat." I had some material left from the rocker, so I decided to reupholster the chair. This one was a lot easier to do because of the style. It probably took 90 minutes or so to complete. And, it looks darned good, too.

Anyway, the point of this is, I apparently have a new hobby. I actually enjoy upholstering furniture. Luckily, it's not something that I'll have to do all of the time. I mean, I have all of these other hobbies--card-making, cooking, gardening, finishing wood projects, playing music, reading, wine-making--to contend with. There's only so much time in a day.

"Idle hands are the Devil's playground" or "No rest for the wicked"? You be the judge.