Hello dear friends and welcome to Trash-to-Treasure Tuesday! Today, I’m sharing how to fix a broken cane chair! Now, I’m not talking about recaning…no, thank you! I’m sharing another solution for that broken cane!
Here is my project piece, badly in need of repair:
Aside from the broken cane seat, it’s a gorgeous chair! I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
My sweet mother-in-law offered it to me after her hubby put his foot right through it while trying to stand on it. My own hubby did the very same thing with this chair a few years ago.
How to fix a broken cane chair
The first thing I did was remove the broken cane seat with a razor knife:
Create a New Seat
Then, I cut a pattern for the new seat with a piece of cardboard:
I traced the pattern onto some thin plywood and cut the new seat using my jigsaw:
This is a great saw to use on those rounded edges, especially if you swap out the original blade for a smaller scroll saw blade (made for the jig saw). I found mine in a multi pack at the Home Depot.
I then cut my foam that I picked up at Walmart, using an electric knife:
The only foam available at Walmart was much thicker than I wanted, so once I had it cut to size, I then sliced it in half widthwise.
I had a couple of fancier, more formal fabrics that I thought would be perfect on this chair, but I just wasn’t loving them. To me, cane is more casual and once I laid this black and white gingham check over the seat, I loved it.
I attached the fabric using my cheap light duty staple gun…
To prep for paint, I gave the main parts of this chair a quick cleaning with White Lightning and used my shop vac on the cane parts.
Before painting cane, you will want to prime it or the paint can flake off over time, so I went ahead and hit everything with Rustoleum spray primer:
This is my medium spray tent and it is awesome! (It is by Wagner now, but it is the same one I have.) On windy days, I can sit it just inside my garage and spray away!
This brush is considered more of a wax brush, but I love it for highly detailed pieces like this one and it works so well on baskets and on this cane:
Once the paint was dry, I sanded all over with 220 grit sandpaper wrapped around an old foam sanding sponge…
I left the cane parts unsealed and sealed the rest of the chair with clear Best Dang Wax.
This would have been a fantastic piece to highlight with colored wax, but I went for a simple, cottage-inspired shabby look for this one!
This was such a beautiful piece already, but the paint and fabric add a little more charm…
Those details are just gorgeous!
I knew I wanted to trim out the front edge of the seat, so I made double welt trim to match:
If you can sew a straight line, you can totally make this! See my how-to HERE!
If you don’t sew, you can also use gimp trim like I did HERE.
It just gives the front edge a more professional and more finished look:
I attached it with hot glue along the bottom edge of the cushion.
And I stopped it where the arms start.
The seat rests on the small lip around the back side and across the front, but I secured it in place to the legs with these L brackets.
And that’s how to fix a broken cane chair!
This is an excellent alternative to replacing the cane seat!
And it’s probably a lot more comfy too!
Don’t forget my friends have trashy makeovers of their own to share with you today!
I hope y’all enjoyed this makeover!
If so, you might like this one too:
See how I “fixed” this one HERE!
And for even more Trash-to-Treasure inspiration, see all of my Trash-to-Treasure Tuesday makeovers HERE!
And that is project #1 from my new FREE haul complete!
I’ll be back on Thursday with this basket that belongs to my pretty mama!
See ya then!
UPDATE! See how this basket turned out HERE now!
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