Well I was feeling so proud of myself for FINALLY getting to do this glider refinish for the nursery but then of course I wasn't able to get it posted when I promised I would! I sincerely apologize for that I shouldn't have promised it up on a holiday weekend! Anyway I am so excited to share this project because I am so pleased with how it turned out and I was able to do the whole thing without sewing a single stitch!
Lets get started! First a list of supplies!
Once you have all of your supplies you are ready!
Here are the before pictures of my glider project!
My mom is an awesome thrift store shopper and she got this set for me a year ago because it was too good to pass up!
The footrest is from a different set but that is part of why it was so cheap and its in awesome shape so I say this was a very well spent $10!
All of the padding was in great shape so I was lucky enough not to have to do any re-padding. The denim was a great fabric because it was durable and kept everything nice it just wasn't my favorite :)
I started by removing all of the cushions and wiping down the entire piece so there is no dust or anything to get in the way of the paint.
I wasn't able to get the footrest separated because the screws were stripped out so I just covered the cushion with a trash bag that I secured with duct tape and it worked just fine.
I moved the pieces outside to my drop cloth area and began painting! I used Krylon Duo ($5 each) which is a paint + primer which I love! the footrest being that it was wood needed more paint so I started there and gave it lots of attention. I was careful not to use too thick of coats and let it dry completely before putting the next coat on. This is a tricky piece to paint because of the gliding motions so be patient and I would suggest painting from the inside out. I thought this worked best because any of the funky over spray could be evened out and gave the outside edges perfect finish.
The footrest took 3 coats and I gave the rest of the glider 2 just to make it look amazing. I should have taken better pictures of the markings and scuffs on it but you'll just have to believe me it was in rough shape but the perfect piece!
The paint finished amazing I could not be happier with the way it all blended together and how it looks brand new!
I let it dry overnight before I started any other work on it because I was exhausted and I like to wait longer than the instructions say to for drying.
Now for the cushions! I got so excited when I thought of this idea and still feel a bit brilliant (this is a rare moment at 8 months pregnant!) I decided to use the fitted sheets that match my babies bedding so that it would match perfectly! The bedding is from target and the sheets cost $10 each. I used 2 (well 1 1/2 but I had to get 2)
Everyone meet Heat n Bond Hem tape, Hem tape meet everyone. I am a newbie to this stuff and cannot even tell you how awesome this made my project! I had heard about it but have always been hesitant to try it but being super pregnant and still drowning in boxes I decided to try it! I'm so glad I did it was easy and cheap! This pack is from Micheal's and cost $6 and I have 3 out of the 4 rolls left. I didn't know how much I would need so I bought the 4 pack. This is regular strength. If you are new to this product as well please read the instructions to make sure you do it right.
This is one of the big reasons I picked to use the fitted crib sheet as well because it took care of the corners for me! I put it over the back rest and got it to where I wanted it before cutting the hem tape.
Once it was in place I measured out the size I wanted cut it and then put the fabric back over top. I started in the top center to make sure I had the pattern just how I wanted.
The next step is to iron it on. The instructions said to have no steam so make sure to turn that off. It told me to heat it for 5 second intervals until bonded.
TIP: I tried this on a tester first to make sure it would work and I found that pulling up the fabric every time you take the iron off does not let it bond together so be patient heat it up a few times and then let it cool before tugging on it.
I ended up using 2 pieces parallel to each other because I was still nervous and I figured more couldn't hurt right? This is what it will look like on the back. I am assuming if you have a darker fabric you will not see the lines but since I don't care what the back looks like because no one will ever sit behind the glider and stare at it I didn't mind.
I next did the corners and then worked from side to side. By the time I got to the sides I was fearless and used some pretty long pieces and it still worked!
After I finished the sides I cut the extra fabric off to use for the seat cushion. I also had to remove a bit of the elastic band to make sure the chevron stripes stayed even and the tension wasn't too much. I finished the bottom and then it looked like this picture on the back.
This is the finished product of the top cushion! I was pretty excited at this point because it was working and looking awesome! I did the bottom cushion the same way. I put the fitted side in the front and worked my way back making sure the pattern would line up with the top cushion so it would flow seamlessly.
This is what it looked like at this point! It obviously needed an iron from all of the moving around while figuring it all out but it was looking good to me! I decided not to do the arm rests at this point because I liked the way it looked. They could easily be added at anytime but I liked the clean look without them.
Now on to the footrest! This part was a little harder than a normal recover because of the attached gliding bottom (dang screws!). The first thing I did was make sure I had the pattern continuing the same way.
I put a staple right in the middle to make sure I didn't lose the center and then worked from side to side.
Be sure to keep it tight but not pulling too much or you will squish the cushion or mess the pattern up.
I love my electric staple gun because it makes things go so fast and it doesn't require as much muscle!
After doing the front I cut off the rest of the elastic because it was making it harder rather than easier to on this piece.
Here it is! I was so excited to have it all finished!
Happily in it's place next to the crib!
All ironed and ready to go!
I could not be happier with this project! It makes me so excited for the baby to come!
Even little bear likes it!
This project was so much easier than I thought it would be! It takes time but once you get moving it really goes fast and looks like it came that way and not like its a DIY project!
If you have any questions feel free to ask! Good luck!