After a quick trip to the basement I found not one but four of these chairs. Well I only needed one, but thought I should redo two of them. Because you never know… And so I ended up getting two unique makeovers from one type of chair.
Also, those cushions were too high. I had added them a few years ago but they were not comfortable at all. So I had my work cut out for me – to redo the wood skeleton and remove the extra foam.
What I Used:
The How To:
I didn’t have to sand the whole chair, please no! Chalky paint is very forgiving that way. To protect it, I added wax. You can see all of the products I used at the end of the post.
Oh, and since I like to be thrifty, that fabric came from an old sweatshirt. But you can get a similar one here.
I won’t show you how to reupholster here. But I am sharing a video from Jan Newton. For my purposes I didn’t have to remove the bottom layers of stuffing.
While I was looking for the sweatshirt to cover the first chair I also happened upon this t-shirt in a grey cotton. And being that I am a bit lazy sometimes, I just stuffed the seat into the t-shirt.
Now like I mentioned before, I was going for a different look with Chair No. 2. I wanted the wood to shine, so I sanded in certain places and not so much in others. After all a little distressing is good for all of us! There was no method to it, I just wanted to get rid of a lot of the dark wood stain.
I also distressed it in random places on the legs. Hmmm… things you don’t notice till you see them in photos, it looks like I’ll need to tighten the screws on that seat. Keepin’ it real folks!
By coincidence my friend Christina of Art, Decoration and Crafting also transformed two French cane chairs into two different looks. She lives in Greece and I joke with her that we must be twins. Even if we had been neighbors we could not have come up with the same projects.
My daughter also thanks me for doing this because now she is sitting pretty. Which chair do you like better?
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