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Puppies can be obsessive. Sadie is no exception. One of her favorite things to do is “lose” toys under the furniture. Even better? Hiding them in the torn underlining of upholstered furniture.
The good news is it’s easy to replace the thin-but-durable fabric under chairs and sofas. The hard part—for me, anyway—was figuring out what the fabric was called. When I first got the idea to replace it, I wandered around a fabric store hoping to see it so I wouldn’t have to ask where it was. I could see myself saying, “You know, that black fabric that goes under chairs. Usually stapled in. Keeps the dust under control. Sometimes it’s gray. Maybe even white. It’s fabric, but not exactly fabric-fabric.”
I decided to do an internet search for it at home so I could enter all of the possible word combinations without having a store employee laughing at my ignorance.
Turns out the stuff falls under the category of utility fabric, and is simply called upholstery underlining.
It’s cheap, too. I think the stuff I bought was about two dollars per yard.
I knew I had to recover the underside of at least one chair and one section of the sofa, so I bought a few yards.
Forgive me for forgetting to take a before photo, but here’s what the bottom of Sadie’s favorite chair looked like after I’d torn off 95% of the old lining (there was a separate piece toward the back of the chair that was intact, so I left that) and stapled on new upholstery underlining.
I folded the edges under for a cleaner line, and did my best to fit it under and around the front legs of the chair. It’s not as taut as I would have liked—you can see it hangs down a little on the left—but not enough to make me pull the staples and re-do it.
This is what it looks like from Sadie’s point-of-view:
When the underlining was torn, I cringed every time I had to reach under the chair—and often into the torn underlining—to retrieve Sadie’s toys (which seriously, is about three times per day with this chair alone). Now I can see where the toy is, grab it, and marvel at my handiwork all at the same time.
Aunt Jean and Uncle Gale re-upholstered this chair for my dad back in the mid-80s, if I recall, and it still looks sharp. This has always been the most-used chair in the house, but it’s in far better shape than the sofa, which was re-upholstered at the same time.
Dad’s fabric choice for the sofa didn’t prove nearly as durable, so I always have a slip cover or throws on that. That needs to be totally re-upholstered, but that’s way out of my budget. Replacing the torn underlining of the sofa will be my next furniture-related project–and I’ll make sure to get a before photo.
This everything-around-me-breaking situation has got to stop. Now!
One friend asked if I was contagious. Why? Her washing machine broke. One of my Twitter friends said her dryer was acting up and joked that she might have to stop following me. And yesterday when I was at the bank the teller’s monitor started flashing. I swear I never touched it!
Here’s the latest update: Less than three weeks after having a faulty thermostat replaced on my 2-year old refrigerator, it started acting up again. Last time the freezer was too cold and the refrigerator was warm. This time, the fridge was okay and the freezer was too warm even after I gradually increased the setting from 4 to 7 ( 7 being the coldest setting possible).
Sorry, but when you kick the freezer up to the coldest setting the ice cream shouldn’t be the consistency of half-melted soft serve (it was way softer than a Wendy’s Frosty), and a frozen loaf of bread shouldn’t be squishy.
So the friendly appliance repairman was back this morning. The refrigerator still isn’t defrosting. He’s hoping one of the drains or vents might be blocked from ice that broke loose or melted and refroze the LAST time it wasn’t defrosting, but he said the main control panel failed the defrost diagnostic (which he said MIGHT be because it tried but couldn’t defrost due to a blockage). So he got out the heat gun (again) and defrosted it (again) so it should stay cool a couple more days. He said he’ll order the control panel just in case. He’ll be back Thursday, and if there’s ice on the bottom of the freezer by then, he’ll know it’s a drainage issue.
The good news? The ice hasn’t (yet) built up behind the back panel like last time.
Thankfully the new air conditioner is working since our forecast has four consecutive 100+ degree days. Apparently I’ve also broken the weather. I’m just glad that the things that keep breaking are merely things.
Now I’m curious: Anyone else experiencing the complete revolt of everything they own?