Hello beautiful friends! Have you ever passed on a chair because it had a damaged seat? Well, today I am getting together with my Furniture Fixer Upper girls to share furniture flips, and I have one such chair to share!
I picked this up at the thrift store last week at the bargain discount price of $6.98:
A busted cane seat might be a deal-breaker for most, but I have been down this road before and knew I could make it functional again.
Here is how this chair looks now:
What broken seat?
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I started by removing all of the caning:
I have never replaced the caning in a piece of furniture before, but it doesn’t sound like a fun way to spend an afternoon to me.
Here is what I did instead…
2. Then I used my Ryobi jigsaw to cut a piece of scrap wood I had to fit the top.
3. I used small nails in each corner to hold it in place.
4. I cut four layers of batting to the same dimensions as the seat panel I cut. (A thin piece of foam with a layer of batting on top would have been ideal, but this is what I had on hand.)
5. I cut my fabric just a bit bigger than my chair and started stapling it in place along the right edge with my el cheapo staple gun. I butted my staples right up against the edge of the wooden piece I cut.
6. Then I pulled my fabric taut and stapled up the other side.
7. Next I continued stapling across the front, then across the back, pulling it taut as I went also.
8. I used my fabric scissors to cut the fabric as close the edge of the staples as possible.
9. Then I gathered what I needed to make double welt trim. See my tutorial for that HERE. Basic sewing skills needed only for that one, I promise! Don’t panic if you don’t sew though, you can always purchase gimp trim at your local fabric store as an alternative.
10. Tada…DIY double welt trim. That will hide all the staples!
11. Hot glue trim in place. I have this cordless Ryobi glue gun…awesome!
12. Stand back and enjoy!
Not too bad, right?
You can see where I joined the two ends of my double welt trim here:
It is hardly noticeable unless you were looking for it.
This is one of my all-time favorite fabrics that I used to purchased from Hancock Fabrics when they were still in business. I still have a few scraps and was able to piece enough together for this chair.
Michaels has bought their online business, so I’m hoping I might be able to find it again some day.
Remember I kept the little white chair that I did to go with this desk? Well I figured this will be a nice replacement. I’ll be dropping it off at my booth to go with that desk this weekend.
I love the spindle legs on this little cutie…
I had all the supplies I needed to fix this chair right up, so the only out-of-pocket expense was the $6.98 + tax that I paid for the chair. Gotta love that!
My Furniture Fixer Upper girls have been busy too. Follow the links below to see how their makeovers turned out!
And remember I mentioned earlier that I’ve been down this road before? I fixed this pretty little chair as well a few years ago:
See how that one turned out HERE!
I’ll be back on Tuesday sharing how I redid this case:
Wishing you a fantastic weekend, my friends!
UPDATE: No need to come back, you can see how this case got a coastal vibe HERE!
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