I love Restoration Hardware’s Deconstructed furniture, I have wanted to do a knockoff for a while. One of my sisters found a cane chair at a thrift store a while back for $5.00 she knew I was looking for one so she picked it up for me. I lived with it as it was for a while but the fabric was aged looking, I made the mistake of painting the fabric to make it look cleaner. That was a fail! It made the fabric really hard and uncomfortable and it made taking the fabric off the chair very hard when I decided to reupholster it. My advice if you ever plan to reupholster furniture don’t paint the fabric!
I started out by sanding the chair. I did this by hand, if I had used a power sander it would have gone a lot faster. After sanding my neighbor and I pulled the fabric off the chair, carefully remembering how each piece went back together. I also removed the cane from the chair.
The color was a little too red for me after sanding so I mixed some paint together and watered it down to make a paint stain. I used white paint and some brown paint to get the desired brownish gray color I was going for.
I also applied a paste wax after the stain dried to protect the finish. Once the frame was done I moved onto the upholstered pieces.
The back buttons were pretty easy to get out. After I had the back taken apart I laid my new linen fabric over the foam backing to make small cuts for the buttons.
I used a staple gun to reattach the fabric to the back, pinching the fabric where needed to make pleats.
I covered the buttons over the existing buttons using fabric adhesive spray.
Using the original outer back as a template I cut the new fabric, attached the padding and stapled this to the frame.
Again using the original as a guide I cut new fabric and sewed the seat cushion.
The last fabric piece was the burlap bottom. I used black upholster tacks to attach this to the base.
My dog “helping” more like laying on the linen fabric remains!
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