If you’ve come for an update on the barn doors, I have disappointing news for you. We have run into more issues. It is a literal hang up. Hopefully I will have a detailed post for you tomorrow. We’ll see!
Who is the laziest person you know? If you answered Mekenzie Burton Crowder, you are right. I like using power tools. To some a sewing machine is a power tool. To me… it takes too long to sew a cushion cover bigger than the size of a twin mattress. I’ve become quite fond of hot glue lately. Heck, I wielded a whole upholstered chair project with hot glue. It only seemed fitting that the cushion for the nook would be constructed using hot glue. It went down like this:
Foam is expensive. Really expensive actually. But I will tell you a secret. If you go to Home Depot, they are clearing out foam camping pads. Mmmk? Yeah. Save yourself the trip to Joann’s and save yourself some money. These pads were 40% off of $20. I picked up 3.
The nook area is 38″ deep and 89″ long. It worked out perfectly to cut 3 38″ pieces. I measured them, drew it out with a sharpie, and picked up another fun tool. A turkey carving knife. It got Thanksgiving-like all up on that foam. I carved the crap out of it. Seriously though, the next time foam-cutting is in your future, use a carving knife. It is as fast as a steamed knife through room-temp butter. You will feel like a cutting ninja.
Once all three pieces were sliced, I hot glued them together to make one super-foam.
Let me explain my
lazy efficient design to you. I wasn’t planning on making an entire cushion cover. Only the seen parts. But I still wanted to protect the foam on the backside. I needed some backing for it. It just so happens I was about to throw away an old ugly bed skirt. I had a light-bulb moment and decided to cut that up and use it for the back. I cut it to size and glued it down. It’s unbelievable to me how strong hot glue is. Honestly, it didn’t budge. And it didn’t melt the foam either.
I rolled out the fabric so that we’d have enough to cover the top and all the edges. I pretended like I was rolling out a red carpet for the super-foam.
I don’t know why I was so concerned with making sure the super-foam was so centered. I really spent almost 10 minutes making sure it was centered. In retrospect, that was dumb, seeing as how I have zero intention of showing the backside.
For the adhering process, I started with the long sides. I would hot glue 2′ sections at a time. I would put hot glue on in this pattern, then pull the fabric tight. I would hold it like that for a minute or so, or until I was sure it was dry, then move on.
When one long side was done, I did the other long side. I then glued the rest of the edge to the backing from the bed skirt. I left both short sides undone. At this point, I can liken the cushion to wrapping a present.
After all the corners were said and done, here’s what the bottom was looking like:
You might think, “Kenz, you really are lazy, and that looks like crap.” And you might be right. The bottom isn’t where the beauty is at (unless you are a blessed Jamaican woman). If I cared, I would add a real upholstered back to this cushion. But like I said earlier, I care about the top, and the top only. Once I flipped this and saw the top was smooth, I was sold on the success.
The real test is seeing it in its element.
Fits like a glove! I wasn’t planning on making the cushion until the bead board went up. I was sick of waiting, so I did what I wanted.
There you have it. It’s quite the comfy place to be. I can’t wait to throw a million pillows in there. It will be a place synonymous with Heaven.
Any of you crazy DIY-ers taken any lazy short cuts lately? Do spill.