Thursday, December 26, 2013

Project 'Reupholster' Has Commenced!
After much searching, debating and discussing we've finally found fabric to use for our salon (interior) cushions and quarter berth.  We really liked the pattern that Hullabaloo came with but soon found that with having a dog on board, particularly one with dark hair, it didn't work so well with big white stripes.  Throw in a couple of food mishaps, including blueberry and syrup stains, and we knew we had to go with a different pattern.

The cushions on the boat appeared to be in great condition, until you flipped them over and saw mystery stains on the bottom, blown out seams and rusted zippers. 
Looks nice from afar...

But don't look too closely.  Eek.
If you've ever been to our house or seen me in person you'd know that I.Like.Color.  Sometimes I'll catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror at home in random comfy clothes and think, "Dear God, I look like a bag of Skittles".  Ron often looks at me, says nothing and just shakes his head...that is, when he's not telling me I look like Rainbow Brite.  For the record, Rainbow Brite is pretty sweet.
We had to find a little balance between color and too much color for our small interior space and I think we found it in Solarium's Halliwell Caribbean indoor/outdoor fabric:
We decided doing all the cushions in this pattern might be a bit much, plus the colors are fairly light and wouldn't be the most dog-friendly, so we opted to do the backrests in the pattern and cover the seats and quarter berth in the darker, royal blue color.  We spent about 10 hours on Christmas Eve working on the bottom cushions and got all done except for the quarter berth (which Ron is suposed to be working on today).  I really hope we can keep on it and just get it done...especially while the master seamster Ron is home.

The project started off a little rough and got worse when we forgot to add some extra length to a couple cushions for the velcro back (no more rusted zippers).  But then we added a little extra fabric, found a groove and made some progress.  I even tried my hand at sewing some piping.  I'm not sure if it was just awkward because I'm left handed and felt like everything was backwards or I'm just really uncoordinated at sewing, but mine did NOT look that great.  So Ron took over sewing, I did a lot of pinning, cutting and marking and we both measured out the cushions before cutting to make sure we didn't mess up...again.

Here's what we've got so far:

So coordinated ;)
Now, on to the stripes - let's just hope we can keep 'em straight!


  1. Oooh, I love the striped piping - great idea! Can't wait to see the finished product. We're have our rolls of fabric and have picked out our foam, but are totally procrastinating. Way to get the project knocked out!

    1. Yeah, this was supposed to be my 'fall' project :/ But we're getting starting on the stripes today...trying to keep the momentum going!

  2. The cushions look great, and I love your piping! I can't wait to see how the backs turn out, lining up the pattern will be a challenge. I was thinking, Matt and I might have to hire Ron to reupholster ours! Washing them in Guatemala did not go so great, so we're looking at a cheap way to either reupholster or replace. Want to send him down to Florida for a week with his sewing machine? :)

    1. I'm willing to hire him out! As long as you don't mind a steady stream of profanity. I thought it would be an easy but time consuming project but now that we're into it, I don't think I could have done the project on my own! I would have quit and hired someone. Ron wanted to a couple times...but I said no - easy to do when I'm not the one doing the sewing ;)

  3. Looking good!

    We feel your pain with the dog on the furniture side. Smitty has white ultra leather and we were very nervous about that at first.

    But no matter the challenges, I would still rather have the pooch with us.

    Fair winds,


  4. Man am I jealous of your new upholstery! Super nice! Love the fabric you picked and the cushions look great. -Kim, s/v LAHO

  5. I realize it has been a long time but you wouldn't happen to remember the name of the solid blue would you?

    1. If I remember correctly, the dark blue is just the navy duck cloth canvas.