Sigh. Once AGAIN, I got too excited when the sun came out and dashed outside and started painting . . .forgetting to take a before photo! Sorry! My bad. Originally this chair was dark DARK brown, with a brown leather covered seat, that had obviously sat upon for many, MANY years!
First I removed the seat, saving it just long enough for Michael to use it as a template to cut me a new seat base. For some reason these VERY dark brown older chairs ‘bleed PINK’ when you add your first coat of paint. I used a good coat of KILZ primer, and just as I expected, it turned PINK (just on THIS chair, not on the other pieces I was working on!) Then it took a good THREE coats of white paint to get full coverage.
The seat cushion base is smaller than the actual chair seat, as you can see. This is to allow room for your padding and fabric.
Then I sanded the edges to distress it. Pondered if there was anything I could do to hide that little hole in the cane back. Michael suggested a slip cover for the back. While that WOULD work, the curves along the back are so pretty, it seemed a shame to cover them up; besides, I’m not good enough of a seamstress to perfectly fit a slip cover over those curves. MY slip covers tend to resemble pillow cases! So I just decided to leave it be. Afterall the chair IS supposed to look old and well-loved!
Rummaged through my fabric pile to select the seat covering. This one had a pattern reminiscent of the cane pattern, so I selected it.
About a hundred staples later . . .voila! A 2″ foam pad atop the wood seat base; topped with quilt batting and then the fabric. Set some fo the fabric scraps aside to cover some pillows later on.
A nice THICK and comfy seat!
Now I keep looking at the darn HOLE in the back. It’s more noticeable in photos, because it doesn’t really bother me in person. And the paint will ‘hold it together’ so the hole won’t get any bigger. Whaddya think??? Does that hole bother YOU? Would you buy an otherwise nice, shabby chic chair WITH a small hole in the back?
This chair is in storage right now; awaiting room for it in our space at Stars.