Thursday, February 13, 2014

Cane Chair Makeover

We needed additional seating in the family room as U shaped leather sofa we have could only seat 6. I somehow didn't like all fabric chair. With a toddler at home, keeping fabric chairs clean sounded like an uphill task. So the hunting for the chairs began until I saw the cane chair in some magazine.

Cane chairs are very special to me. We had cane chair back home in Dad's office room. Every time I look at the cane chair, I can visualize/imagine dad sitting on the cane chair with his morning tea in one hand and the newspaper in the other ....nostalgic... 

I looked at few of cane chair options available online but they were wayyyy too expensive. Searching for these beauties extended to craigslist/ebay for couple of months. Finally I found the chairs I liked. They were in good shape and caning was intact, I knew with some love and elbow grease, I could make them look better.

I don't have the before picture of the actual chairs. Here is how they look now in the family room :)

Now on to the process
  • I gave them nice sponge bath with soapy water couple of times
  • Then sand, sand and sand
  • Primed using spray primer Let the primer dry properly per instruction on the primer bottle (I left it for a week, not that I wanted to, but could work on this on the weekend only)
  • Then spray painted (two coats) with heirloom white. This is my first attempt at spray painting furniture
  • Now comes interesting part. Removing the existing cushion cover and hundreds of staples. I carefully removed the existing cover so that I could use that as template for the new cover. 
  • With the fabric of choice, start stapling the fabric. 
  • Trim the extra fabric
  • Applied the decorative rope trim using the hot glue to cover the staples
  • Gave a coating of protective finish using polyurethane.
Here is how the chairs looked through different stages.

Here is the one with before and after, just for the comparison. :)

This was my first attempt at furniture painting and love the transformation.

Are you doing anything for this weekend? I am looking forward for the long weekend to finish couple of unfinished projects. Cant wait to share them with you all.

Enjoy the long weekend!!! Oops, I almost forgot, Happy Valentines Day!!


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  1. Bharati, I like the fabric you used for your chairs. And you did a great job for using spray paint for the first time. The chairs look beautiful.

    1. Thank u Reshma. Thank you for all the encouragement. :)

  2. Replies
    1. Thank you Camille. Thanks for stopping by and encouraging words

  3. The chairs look beautiful! Great job for a first timer!

    1. Thank you Sherry. Thanks for stopping by and encouraging me

  4. Wow these turned out so beautifully! Excellent job. It is soooo hard waiting for paint to dry you just want to finish the project so you can enjoy it!

    1. Thank you Heather. Waiting is the worst part of the painting furniture but at the end, its worth the wait :)

  5. Beautiful job on the chairs. The fabric and trim are stunning. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  6. I love the chair makeovers! Pretty paint and the fabric is perfect too. Thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!


  7. Fantastic transformation - truly stunning! I am delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,

  8. Thank u Kathy for stopping by and for hosting.

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