I’m still working on my chair reupholstery project. Yesterday I went shopping for different trims to cover the staples, and today I’ve been researching other blogs to see what other DIYers have done.
I love the look of nailhead trim, and I would love to finish my chair that way. However, due to the age of the chair, I’m not sure the old wood could take all the additional nail hole marks. Also, I think my amateur skills and non-upholstery grade staple gun need a little more covering up my work.
I love the look the nailhead trim on this chair by Centsational Girl gives the chair. It gives it a little bit of extra bling and eye-catching detail.
Another common way to cover those staples is to use gimp trim. I just learned the name of this stuff the other day, and I keep thinking it has got to be a mistake. But, no, apparently that’s really what it’s called.
I wasn’t sure I was a fan of it until I did some research on other blogs. Whether it blends in or contrasts with the fabric, these bloggers put it to great use.
Check out these beautiful chairs and coordinating gimp trim featured on the blog 11 Magnolia Lane.
This chair upholstery project on Miss Mustard Seed’s blog shows an upholstered chair with contrasting white gimp trim.
Here’s another picture showing contrasting gimp trim on a chair completed on The Backyard Bungalow blog.
I went to JoAnn’s yesterday and bought some gimp trim for the chair I’ve been working on. I bought it in ecru, but it looks more off-white. Mostly, it looks a little lacy, and I’m just not sure it’s going to work on this chair after all. To give myself an idea of how it will look, I pinned it around the chair with straight pins. These are true rough-draft pictures of a project in a rough-draft stage.
What do you think? I love the way this project has gone so far, and I don’t want to mess it up in the final stage. I want something to cover the edges that doesn’t look dainty. I want this chair to feel comfortable and casual, and it just won’t have that vibe if it looks like it’s been decked out with a doily.
I might need to try a larger fabric shop for something different. I didn’t find anything that matched the gray the way I wanted it to. But I also think that once the chair is finished and I’m not staring at the little bit of trim, I probably won’t even notice.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on the matter, so please leave a comment.
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