A Possibly Impossible Project

I mentioned yesterday that I’d really like to recover the glider in our baby girl’s nursery. And I also mentioned that I was entirely intimidated by the idea. I don’t really know how to sew. I can do buttons and patches, and I did add ribbon to a duvet cover (which I still need to share), but I haven’t actually made anything since I was in school.

This is the glider in question (I already removed the sleeve on one of the arms):

It was cheap as chips ($70 from Walmart) and it’s uuugly, but it is also incredibly comfortable. We bought it just after S was born and I have spent at least 1350 hours in it over the last two and a half years. Which equates to more than 56 straight days or two whole months! And it is still just as awesomely comfy as the day we bought it. So, despite it’s less than desirable looks, it’s staying for baby girl too. But it could definitely benefit from a make over – imagine it recovered in the same Waverly Cross Section fabric I used on the Big Boy Bed (because it’s a neutral charcoal/stone combo and I have a bunch of it left over):

Waverly Cross Section Charcoal

I’d probably still be putting it off right now, though, were it not for fellow Chicago blogger (and new bloggy friend) Linda at It All Started With Paint. Along with five other bloggers, she is hosting an awesomely motivating linky party.

The idea is that we all tackle our seemingly impossible projects at the same time and share the results at the end of the month. And now I’ve just announced my plans here too, so I’m doubly accountable. I’ll be back to share my progress just as soon as I’ve made some. Wish me luck!


  1. January 12, 2012 / 7:31 pm


    I thought I left a comment here? Perhaps I just emailed you directly … but thanks for joining us in our Impossibilities challenge! And I love that fabric you chose! Can't wait to see the finished product …

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  2. January 12, 2012 / 7:34 pm

    You go girl – I can't upholster so can't wait to see!

    Thanks for linking up to our challenge!

  3. January 12, 2012 / 7:46 pm

    That is soooooo fabulous!!!! i am truly hoping to learn something here! : ) i don't know how to upholster and i should would love to learn! can't wait to see your final project — i am sure it is going to be awesome!!!!! hugs…your newest follower!

  4. January 12, 2012 / 8:06 pm

    I can't wait to see your project! That fabric looks awesome! Good luck with your upholstery and so glad you joined us!


  5. January 12, 2012 / 8:07 pm

    You commented on your original post, or maybe emailed me directly – I read it, either way. 🙂
    Good luck with your painting!

  6. January 12, 2012 / 8:22 pm

    Thanks for following! I'm completely winging it but hopefully it'll turn out as good as it looks in my head!!

  7. January 13, 2012 / 5:21 am

    Lizzie – Winging it is my favorite strategy, then you can't really get off course. I'm sure it will turn out great, I can't wait to see. Thanks so much for sharing our button and joining our challenge. Your newest follower.
    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

  8. January 15, 2012 / 12:04 am

    AHHH! Hilarious! I have the exact same glider from 6 years ago when my 1st was born!!! 🙂 I have no need for it anymore and my kid's don't have room for it so it's sitting in the corner of MY room. ugh. I've been thinking about recovering it just so I can sell it, so make sure you let us know how it goes and EXACTLY how you do it 😉

  9. January 15, 2012 / 12:12 am

    BTW, I'm the Heidi from allthatbringsjoy that will be meeting up for dinner in a couple weeks! 🙂 I can't wait to meet everyone!

  10. January 15, 2012 / 3:20 pm

    Looking forward to it! Just started following your lovely blog too – am loving finding all these great new blogs!
    And I will certainly explain how I'm doing it…I've finished the back cushion already & it turned out better than I expected – hoping the rest goes the same way! 🙂

  11. January 17, 2012 / 5:23 pm

    I want to redo mine so I will be anxiously awaiting to see how you did it!!!