Monday, June 30, 2014

Cane Chair Make Over Round 2

Hey, How is summer coming along? This has been a very relaxing week for me due to shutdown at work. Lots of goofing around with the kiddos and a messy house, loving every second of it.

Couple of months back, my beloved cane chair's back was torn. A small tear had turned into a big very big rip. I was very upset, I was angry at myself for not taking caring of the rip when it was small. Those chairs have served us for good 4 years after the last makeover (read all about it here), hubby suggested to donate the chairs. I heart those chairs, those are very very comfortable. I was not ready to loose the chairs because rip was big.

Here is how the chairs looked before and after with the huge rip at the back.

I knew either I will have to replace the cane backing or upholster the cane back. While I was going thru the options available, chairs were moved to garage.

There was a woodwork shop close-by which carried the caning, unfortunately it was closed recently. So replacing the cane was no longer an option. I ran to local Joann's store to see if I can find the fabric that I had used for the seat. Luckily the fabric was available, so upholstering it was. :)

I had trouble visualizing how to reupholster without removing the cane for the back. I tried asking Ms Google, but most of the posts I saw had the cane removed. I didn't want to remove the cane. The chairs sat in garage for good two months while I was trying to figure out. Finally during the memorial day weekend, I was able to come with a plan.

Here is how I did the back.

-- I traced the size of the back on a paper and then onto cereal box ( I was so impatient to see if my Idea works, I didn't have cereal box available at home. Called up a dear friend for one, she happily emptied and brought one).
-- Cut the fabric leaving 1" around the template.

-- Ironed the backing material to give the fabric little stiffness. (I had the Iron on backing material on hand which I had used for the top of living room curtains)
-- Using adhesive spray, applied the fabric on the back. I was able to push the extra fabric into the back support.

-- I used the same template to cut the foam for the front too.
-- Using adhesive spray applied the foam on the front.
-- Upholstered with the fabric using staples

-- Cover the staples with the decorative trim.I used hot glue to adhere the trim to the chair. I was lucky to find the exact same trim that I have used on the seat, that too for almost 1/4 of cost :) as it was marked down

 Here is how it looks now.

Here is one to show how it looked before and now.

Surprisingly, Hubby and the kiddos loved the new look of the chair very much. Though I miss the cane back, I am liking new look slowly. I am sure I will fall in love with these all over again.

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  1. Bharati, Chairs with upholstered back surpasses your first time makeover. Everything happens for a reason. Torn cane gave you these chairs....:-).

    1. Thank u Reshma! Very true, every thing happens for a reason :)

  2. what an amazing job you did! I love caning, these are beautiful
    Marie @ In Our Happy Place

  3. You did a great job. Very professional looking!

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  4. oh wow!! So clever, I love this! thanks for linking up to create link inspire party!! Emily

  5. That was a great idea! It looks like it was designed that way!

  6. Wow, what a great job you did. It looks like it was always meant to be. I will be featuring this tonight at my Sizzle into Summer party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks.

  7. You did a fantastic job! They look wonderful! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  8. I would have featured you, but no link back. :(

  9. Wow! You did a fantastic job!! So good to see a real creative mind in action!! Going to subscribe to your posts - looking forward to more great stuff! Trisha

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