Dogs Riding Shotgun... Upholstering A Console In My Rig

This post is silly, but I'm going to do it anyway.  I spontaneously made something random, as I like to do from time to time. I was literally getting into my car to go somewhere when I decided it was time to tackle this little "thing" that had been bothering me for a while now.  Remember these chairs that I reupholstered a few months back?

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Mid Century Office Chairs Close

Well, I had some of the Pendelton fabric left over, so I decided to use it on a little project for my car.... Or, for my dogs.  Or, maybe in reality it was for me, because the dogs have been driving me crazy scratching up the leather upholstery in my trusty ride.  That being said, I need to admit that I've had my car for 9 years and it's seen better days; pre-family of 5 with 3 boys and 2 lap dogs abusing it.  Back in 2001 it was a luxury automobile with beautiful leather interior and unscathed exterior.  Now the leather has permadirt creases, there are some mysterious stains and odors inside, the bumpers are scratched and dented, and the paint is looking "good from far, but FAR from good."  But I love my car... It's reliable and I haven't had a car payment in years.  I'm slightly emotionally attached to it as well since I've had it for so long.  We bought it when our youngest son was a baby, we taught our oldest to drive with it when he was 15, and it has hauled lots of kiddo's to and fro over the years. But, now that "she" is getting older, I don't have the heart to let her go.  She's a keeper... So, I decided to give her some love.

This is the trouble area with the little dogs.

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They love to sit on the center console when I'm driving.  The Chihuahua/Poodle mix, Chooch (as seen here, hiding in the back seat hoping to go for a ride), is a great driving partner.  He has an iron bladder (great for long road trips) and is very coordinated when it comes to balancing on the console while I'm driving.  Peanut, our Yorkie, on the other hand is a disaster.  She slips and slides all over leaving scratches and nail marks everywhere.  So... I decided to reupholster the console to protect the leather and prevent the dogs from wiping out...

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Sheesh.. I warned you about the dirty leather, sorry for the display of it.

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Anyway, it was super easy to do.  And, the dogs love it!

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See the thanks I get...

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This is how I did it... Just in case you're curious.  If you're not interested, the following will be very boring.  B O R I N G....

1. Unscrew the lid to the console.

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2.  Use a flathead screwdriver to pry the leather or otherwise upholstered top piece off of the lid by working your way around the edges.  It should pop off.

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This is the top piece↓ after the guts were popped off.

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3. Lay it flat on the fabric of choice and cut it to the size of the original leather.

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4. Stuff the new fabric behind the black tabs on the long sides.

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5. Staple the inside of along both long sides with 3/8" staples.

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5.  Staple the inside of the rear facing portion of the console.

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6.  With the sides pinched, staple into the underside at the corners so that you will be able to trim excess fabric away so it won't bunch up in the corner.  See image below.

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Fold the corner into the interior and trim out excess fabric if needed so that it lays flat in the corner.

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7.  Remove latch by unscrewing.

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8.  Trim fabric to fit over the leather and remove excess material.

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9.  Reattach latch.

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It should now look like it did in the beginning, but with the new fabric showing instead of the original.

10.  Insert the interior components again and tap around the edge with a hammer.

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11.  Replace the console back in the car.  Secure with screws.

GO FOR A DRIVE!

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