Sometimes this Seamless Sailor decides a project is beyond her skill set or available time. I had decided that the plaid settee covers on Magnolia, while still in good shape, didn’t represent the look we wanted to create for our new home. We wanted to make our imprint on our boat. I wanted Ultraleather settees – sleek and durable. The captain agreed to my extravagant choice. After we had a positive experience having our enclosure remade by Captain Canvas, we had him redo the settees. Again he did a fabulous job.
We wanted a tough fabric that could be easily cleaned. The trade-off – cost. Ultraleather is pricey. We look at it as an investment in livability on the boat. And at the time we were both working.
To decide on color, I ordered the color card from Sailrite. It doesn’t seem that you can order the color card now (you paid $15 for it but if you returned it within 30 days your money was refunded). But considering cost and not being able to return the fabric, it would be well worth ordering samples in advance of selecting color. With the light color, the saloon is much brighter. The fabric has performed well. Any little mishap – so far – has wiped right off.
We saved a bit in cost by reusing the settee foam. Captain Canvas sprayed the foam with Fabreeze and aired out in the sun. New batting was added to firm up the cushions. To allow for air flow, Phifertex was used on the backs and bottoms of the cushions. Self-covered buttons were added to the backs for a bit of design. The back cushions looked a bit bare without them. Snaps and velcro hold the cushions in place.
The Captain and I are really pleased with the way cushions turned out and our habitability makeover. Would this Seamless Sailor tackle the settee cushions in the future? Probably with plenty of time and space.
What’s been your experience undertaking recovering cushions?
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