Thrift stores are so hit and miss. Most are overpriced, but I still have the hardest time driving by without stopping. This time I stopped by and snagged these french chairs. So without further ado, here’s my cane back chairs makeover.
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Cane Back Chairs Makeover
- Remove Old Fabric
- Paint Wood and Cane
- Reupholster with Blue Fabric
Step 1: Remove Old Fabric
The worst part of all is the first step; removing all of the fabric and trim with pliers and a flat head screwdriver. Man that stuff is always stuck on so hard!
Step 2: Paint Wood and Cane
Then I prepped the wood for a new paint job by lightly sanding and wiping everything clean.
Check out this post for more info on how to paint furniture white.
Step 3: Reupholster with Blue Fabric
I used the old fabric (adding a couple of inches to the edge of each piece) to figure out how many yards of fabric I needed for the chairs.
I decided on some navy linen fabric from Joann and grabbed a roll of batting.
This time around I finally got smart and purchased this pneumatic staple gun instead of using my old manual staple gun.
So. Much. Better!
This one takes regular old T50 staples, just like my old manual staple gun.
If you’re thinking about reupholstering, you NEED to get a pneumatic staple gun.
This one was cheap and it works great!
I just plugged it into our small air compressor and went to work! I used the old fabric as a template to cut out my new fabric and batting.
For the seat, I started by stapling on the batting in a few spots and then cut off the excess with sharp scissors.
Then I stapled on the new pretty fabric, making sure everything was tight and in line.
Covering the Cane with Fabric
But since the cane didn’t have fabric over it before, I just measured the size of the cane, added 4 inches, and cut out a rectangle for each side of the cane.
For the cane back I kept the cane for the extra support it gives and followed the same process for both the back side and the front.
First batting, then the fabric.
I stapled them on just outside of the border of the cane so it would have wood to attach to, but I stayed as close to the cane as possible. I didn’t want to cover the whole back of the chair.
Once all the fabric was stapled on I used sharp scissors to cut the excess away, making sure to cut as close to the staples as possible.
For the trim I used 3/16″ cable cord and 2.5″ strips of fabric to make double welting.
Vidya at What’s Ur Home Story has a great tutorial explaining how to make a double welting.
Then I just used glue to attach the trim onto the edges of the fabric to cover up the staples and ugly edges.
I couldn’t be happier with how these chairs turned out! They look super expensive and are just what I wanted in the space! Wahoo!!
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