They were $9.99 each, and there were six of them. Hmmm, I really don't need them, I don't have a place for them, I thought.
I was trying to talk myself into keep going and into leaving them behind...
But the possibilities that were running thru my head, were too grand to pass and they were only 10 bucks each, so it was a no brainer. I am happy I did listen to the other voice, the one who said go wild and go for it!! so they came home with me!
The caning was perfect and the chairs were strong and sturdy.
They lived in my garage for a while... until I started working on them. First thing that needed to go was the dated orangy vinyl cover on them.
This is me, removing one by one all the staples from the previous two upholstery jobs.
I painted them in Old White by ASCP, distressed them and applied a coat of clear wax.
This chairs by the way escalated to a whole kitchen eating area makeover, including new window valances, and a new (old) table!
After I painted them I upholstered them with this fabulous blue Buffalo check fabric.
They lived happily for a couple of years in my kitchen and I lived happily with them...
Until one day, little fingers started wandering thru the holes of the caning, and what started in a tiny rip ended up in a massive disaster...
Yikes, yikes, yikes... and more yikes. When it was a couple of tiny rips I found someone who gave a an estimate of $150 to have the caning repair... Oh boy, that was a lot of money. Since I only payed $10 for the chair, I really considered to have it done. Then I thought what about if I pay $150 and it happens again... because I know we are not done being adventurous in this house, and I know there will be more disasters coming my way...
So I disregarded the idea of repairing the caning. Instead, I chose to give the chair a new life...
I cut out all the remaining of the caning, and I put a piece of padding that I had left over from another project in the place where the caning was. Then, I upholstered the back and the seat with drop cloth also left over from other projects.
Sorry this picture is yellowy, I can get more accomplish and I work best when the little ones go to bed, so It was night time, therefore, it was dark outside when I took this shot.
Stapled the fabric into the chair, then cut the excess fabric as close as possible to he staples.
Of course I had to add some flare to it, so I painted blue stripes emulating a grain sack. (again, night time shot)
I added some trim. I chose a double rope looking one, because it was the wider I found. I wanted to make sure it will cover all the staples well.
I also added some stencils.
And on top of the trim I added a nail trim. to add more texture and coolness to it. ;)
I bought it in a roll, it was very easy to apply.
And there you have it! It came out pretty good, huh? At least that's what my 9 year old though. He said it was the coolest chair he has ever seeing! That's a huge compliment! :)
I am sad that this chair broke and I have to find a plan B for my kitchen now, but I am so glad I, again, rescued this chair and gave it a third life!!
I am so happy you stopped by today, I hope you enjoyed the story of my chair!
Have a wonderful day, and come back soon! :)