I did some simple upholstery over the weekend.
All the projects I've done before have been nothing but an exercise in frustration, because I could never find a stapler that was powerful enough to go through the fabric and all the way into the wood. We don't have an air compressor (although I'd LOVE one) anything I've ever used was either manual or electric, both equally disappointing.
Then I found this.
I love this thing!
The Arrow ETFX50.
(It came in this box, if you decide to look for one)
The part in the upper left hand corner is what sold me on it at first. It says good for upholstery, and they do not lie!
You just have to make sure you press down hard. It helps to use both hands. On for the trigger and one on top of the stapler pressing down. It has a little bit of a kick.
This is what I upholstered.
It sat at the foot of our bed until I replaced it with this. (I wish I had a before the before photo. The top was avocado green crushed velvet, and it had a really thin diamond tufted cushion on the top. The whole thing was so low to the ground that you'd have to almost squat to sit on it. That's why the cushion on it now is so thick.)
My daughter wanted the old bench in her room, but it didn't fit with the pink and cream color scheme.
So I cut up this huge old bedspread.
It had some holes around the edges
so I didn't feel all that bad about cutting it up.
It's just a very simple upholstery job, and I'd show you more of it if I were thrilled with how it turned out. The bench just looks OK. So this is more about the stapler.
I haven't been paid to rave about this stapler~I'm sure the company will never know I've even said a word. I was just so excited to find something that really will staple through layers of thick fabric and into tough wood.
Thanks for reading!