I'm sure those people exist but I am not one of them! There is always so much going on and I am always looking for easy shortcuts for these home projects without sacrificing durability of the piece AND without sacrificing the visual appeal. So my solution? A hot glue gun and some fabric! I know it sounds like it wouldn't work BUT it does and let me show you how...oh and note, this is just how I did it. may not be the "right" way but it worked for me and was super easy! This technique, I would imagine, would also work for other cushions types and styles!
First, this is how the window seat looked when we first moved in.A great window with the original owner's cushions. Not very exciting and a great space to do more with! This is a working progress but I want to show you the first project I started with and it's those ugly cushions!
|These look so out of date, dirty,and the overall style is just not appealing. These badly needed a cheap yet quick update.|
Then I used my trusty hot glue gun and hot glue sticks (both of which I already had, so this project only cost me the fabric!). I folded one side at a time, used the hot glue to adhere the fabric to the cushion and held it for around 30 seconds to allow the glue to set. Because I don't really care about the cushions, I am not worried about a little glue on them. Plus, hot glue (once dried) is usually easy to remove. The added third bonus of this is because the fabric can also be taken off, it can be reused AND I can re-cover the cushions with a new fabric anytime I want a change!! And all it will only cost me the cost of fabric...pretty neat huh?!
The glare from the window makes the picture below a little fuzzier than I wanted but it shows what the cushion looked like once the fabric was folded and glue into place. I wasn't worried about the white line down the back of even the very visible "gift-wrap" fold BUT these are the cushions for the window seat. They are rarely moved and never turned. The bottom will never be visible to the family or potential house guests. Actually, several people who already saw them assumed that I bought new cushions! When I told them I just re-covered the old ones, they assumed I had sewn them! WRONG on both counts, haha! This quick and easy fix allows for a cheap and fast new look without going through the pain or expenses of reupholstering or buying new ones to fit your window size!
So after a coat of soft olive green paint on the inside of the window and "new" red cushions, this is what it looks like now!
I really love how the red and green play off each other, without looking like a Christmas theme! Now, are they 100% perfect without any flaws....no. But they also do not look shabby at all and really have altered how the window area looks!
Even the cats enjoy laying by this window. They ended up loosening a little bit of the corner of the right cushion as seen in this photo, which I simply used a few straight pins to hold the fabric in place on the cushion.
I love my new red cushions! As soon as we rearrange our living room and move our couch out of the way, I will be sure to take a straight on photo from eye level. Looks a lot different than the before photo at the top! What do you think? Would you use hot glue and fabric for a quick redecorating?
NOTE* My window seat was built with the house BUT WITHOUT ANY STORAGE! They built the seat and completely closed it off! Our next project with this window is creating storage into our existing window seat, super fun and efficient! Stay tuned to see how we did it and how well it worked! :-)