I've decided to ditch the DIY blog, and just keep it all real and right here. One stop shopping so to speak.
I picked up a set of 4 cane-back dining chairs via craigslist back in the spring. They've languished in the garage since then. I know I want to refinish the frames, but have yet to really settle on the finish. Do I strip and re-stain? Colored stain? Milk paint? Chalk paint? Decisions decisions! I'm pretty sure I want to go with the colored stain. I'd love to see these chairs in a deep blue, like MMSMP Artissimo, which is a lovely deep navy blue.
Here is what I started with:
I spent a couple of hours prying nasty off of two of the chairs. Now, generally, when something is RE-upholstered, it's not OVER-upholstered. Like so:
And, there were more wonderful surprises in store. The original springs were intact, but a bit rusted. And the inner layer of batting had rotted away to this:
Moving on. The springs and webbing were in great shape, and the top foam was decent. I
I'll spare you the gory details, since there are a bazillion awesome upholstery tutorials out there. Here is a side-by-side of the old and new. Oh, I picked up the fabric at JoAnn for about $5 with my 50% off coupon. It's one of the HGTV line's outdoor fabrics, and I love it!
Just ignore the detrius of picnic time behind the chair. Keepin' things real around here. I'll be back later with pretty, staged photos, once my hands have recovered and I've duct-taped the boys to the stairs.