Remember the chair from this post.
It is supposed to end up looking like this chair.
I called my upholstery lady in January to get on her list. Yes, she's good and cheap so she has a pretty long "list". Well, it's mid-May and she is still working her way down the list.
Due to my lack of patience, I decided to take matters into my own hands. I stripped the two layers of fabric from the chair, removed all the staples and painted the base cream.
Any sane person would have stopped there, but oh no, not me. I watched a few You Tube videos on upholstering and then I got out my staple gun. Seemed pretty easy to me. Why not save myself some cash and some time and just do it myself! This is where the "defeat" parts comes in. I tried covering the seat first thinking it was just some cutting and some stapling. Ummm, no, it was disastrous! Not only was I completely butchering the fabric, the staples weren't going in right and my four year old kept trying to help me with his plastic hammer. After a long frustrating two hours of my "I can do this" attitude, I took the fabric off, hung up my staple gun and called another upholsterer. The chair is now in the hands of a professional. I'll just add this to my list of "Things I Cannot Do".
Here's a few other things on that list:
1) move a couch down a fight of stairs by myself
2) beat my brother-in-law at arm wrestling
3) beat my husband in a race (me running normally and him running backwards)
Believe it or not, I honestly thought I could do these things. Not only did I think I could do them, but I actually attempted them all. Defeated, defeated, and defeated! You live and you learn, right?
Don't worry, I haven't let this latest defeat dampen my spirits. Honestly, I think if I took an upholstery class, had the proper tools and an ounce of patience, I could probably make it happen. But for now, I'm willing to pay a professional to do a great job so I can focus my efforts elsewhere, like training for an arm wrestling rematch! Look out Mike, I've been lifting weights.
What about you? Are you sometimes overconfident in your abilities at times?