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Reupholstering a Mid Century Chair DIY

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Mid Century Lounge Chair DIY No Sew Cushion Cover
Reupholstering a Mid Century Chair DIY // Alexandria Mavis Blog

My sewing skills are well, non-existent and when it came to making completely new cushion and covers for this chair I just wanted to get looking semi-finished instead of just the frame. So I came up with a no-sew alternative that cost me less than $20 and took only an hour or so. Talk about a lazy girl DIY, right?! But they look pretty good and my husband is loving his new chair (he is sitting in it as I type this). 

Mid Century Lounge Chair DIY No Sew Cushion Cover

||  What You'll Need  ||

  • Cushions (this will vary on your chair) - I got mine at a local craft store
  • Batting (about 2 -3 inches larger then your cushion) - sam craft store
  • Fabric (about 4-5 inches larger then your cushion) - thrift store for $2! 

First layout your fabric, then your batting centered on top of your fabric and then your cushion (like the photo above). 

Mid Century Lounge Chair DIY No Sew Cushion Cover

Next you just fold each layer over the cushion and secure in place with a safety pin (see what I mean -- super lazy DIY! ha). I secured the sides first and then did the corners like if I was wrapping a present. 

Mid Century Lounge Chair DIY No Sew Cushion Cover

*** If your chair has a wooden board/bottom then follow the same steps but add your wood board as the last layer and staple in place (with a staple gun - I just used my kate spade stapler to show what I meant) but you should get the idea. 

Add a cushion and you are good to go! 

Mid Century Lounge Chair DIY No Sew Cushion Cover

West Elm Leather Wall Hanging DIY

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West Elm Leather Wall Hanging DIY // Alexandria Mavis Blog
West Elm Leather Wall Hanging DIY // Alexandria Mavis Blog

While I was looking through the new West Elm Catalogue this wall hanging next to the fire place caught my eye. I feel like wall hangings are EVERYWHERE these days but I loved this one and how simple and different it is to the usual (woven) hangings you see all over pinterest. I've been so over the blank walls in my office and I knew this "simple to make" circle wall hanging was just what it needed. Plus I can never have enough of that yummy combination of dark green a nude pink around my house. 

You can see the original one below. 

West Elm Leather Wall Hanging DIY // Alexandria Mavis Blog

||  Things You'll Need  ||

  • A large swatch of thick green (or color of choice) vinyl or Faux leather (I bought mine here).
  • A small swatch or scrap piece of leather (or vinyl again if you prefer - bought mine here). 
  • 1 small wooden dowel about 12in or 30cm, most arts supply stores or home improvements stores will have them. 
  • Jute or any type of thin rope / string you prefer. 
West Elm Leather Wall Hanging DIY // Alexandria Mavis Blog
West Elm Leather Wall Hanging DIY // Alexandria Mavis Blog

||  Directions  ||

  • Trace a large circle on the inside of your vinyl, leather etc. (I used a stool as it was the largest circle I had around my house) and do the same for your small circle (a coaster will work). 
  • Cut out both circles and then using the sharp point of the scissors puncture a hole at the top and bottom of the large circle (using a ruler to make sure they are lined up in the center) and just 1 small hole at the top of the small circle.  
  • Lay the circles out on a flat surface leaving about 6 inches between each circle and wooden dowel.
  • Thread the string through the hole at the "top" of the smaller circle from the front to back and make a knot big enough it won't slip through the hole. Then thread the other end through the bottom hole of the larger circle front to back and knot it. 
  • Repeat the above the steps from the top of the large circle to the wooden dowel right in the center. Once you've got your circles in place then tie your string from one end of the wooden dowel (leave some slack for hanging) and then tie on the other end of the dowel. 
West Elm Leather Wall Hanging DIY // Alexandria Mavis Blog
West Elm Leather Wall Hanging DIY // Alexandria Mavis Blog

This is such an easy DIY and leaves a big impact in any room. 

West Elm Leather Wall Hanging DIY // Alexandria Mavis Blog

Pine + Wood Leaning Shelf // DIY

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Pine + Wood Leaning Shelf DIY // From Gold Blog

I saw this shelf originally on Pinterest but couldn't actually find a DIY for it. It seemed fairly simple so I decided to just go for it - how hard could it be right? This was actually such a great DIY because I live in an apartment and can't make large holes or nail shelves to the wall so this leaning shelf is  P E R F E C T !

Pine + Wood Leaning Shelf DIY // From Gold Blog

I went to our local home improvement store and bought a large piece of pine wood that was already pre-cut to the size I needed (180cm by 45cm) and then grabbed 2 more pieces of timber that were (I think) about 140cm by 15cm and had them cut them down to match the width of the larger piece (45cm). I choose this because the depth of 15cm felt good for the shelves size. Most stores will cut the wood for free and I had enough to make 4 shelves plus a little left over for another project. 

Then I sanded down any edges that needed it and measured where I wanted each shelf to go (I spaced them 35 cm apart from the top down). Then using wood glue I just glued each shelf to the place where I had marked (wipe excess glue with paper towel) and then clamped them down for a couple hours while the glue dried. Once it was dry, I asked my handy husband to help me drill 3 screws per shelf (one on each side and another in the middle - sorry I forgot to take photos of this step) into each shelf. 

Then decorate! My favourite part! 

Pine + Wood Leaning Shelf DIY // From Gold Blog
Pine + Wood Leaning Shelf DIY // From Gold Blog
Pine + Wood Leaning Shelf DIY // From Gold Blog