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Thursday, September 30, 2010


Well today I finally got around to a project that screamed my name at me everytime I walked through the garage.
I was given these fantastic old chairs that have certainly seen better days. I love the shape and patina of the wood and since I know DIDLY SQUAT about chair caning I came up with something else for the seats.
Want to know how I did it?? Take a peek....Here is all you need for the project:
the chairs
material (this is where the cement sacks come in)
screw gun
scissors (good ones that you use for material ONLY~ not the ones that you've tried to cut wire and maybe a prune your bushes with....material scissors ONLY! :0) )
staple gun and staples
crappy scissors
jig saw
I started off by cutting off all the extra caning left on the seat...for this you can use your crappy scissors...not your material ones! I am just trying to help ya out here!! Trust me...been there...done that! GUILTY!
After that you need to measure the seat opening and draw a circle on the plywood and cut it out with your jig. Next take the wood circle and lay it on the foam and trace it with the marker and cut it out. Next you will need to place your material on the foam and situate it the way you want it to lay~ center it up and cut your material.

Here is what your three circles will look like

Next start stapling. I like to secure four sides then finish up around the shape....

Here is what you will have when you are done with all the staples

And then flip it over and VOILA~ two new padded seats for your chairs!

Time to screw them into the base of the chair. I used four screws one on each side to make it nice and tight.

And here you go!! The finished pair of freebie chairs!!

This whole project took about an hour from start to finish not counting an apple crisp break in there and losing the screw gun.
I love the results and how easy it was to do.
These will be for sale at an upcoming show I will be exhibiting at:
Rowan County Fairgrounds in Salisbury NC!
I haven't done an antique show in awhile and I am getting geared up! I have some great stuff stashed away for this show! It will be a fun weekend for sure~ Oct. 17 & 18
More to come on that!
Hope you enjoyed the make over and feel inspired to tackle a project that has been screamin at ya for awhile now! :0)
For the first time I am going to link this to Debra's Vintage Inspiration Friday!
Hop on over there for some divine inspiration!!


Gypsy Purple said...

Well done...fabulous!!

sissie said...

They turned out beautiful!!



TheRustyThimble said...

What a Great makeover Beth. I love them

northern cottage said...

I love the end results...the cement sacks are so fabulous - GREAT job!

Lori Katies Rose Cottage said...

Beth ~
Those turned out awesome !!

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

They came out awesome! They will sell for sure:)
Capers of the vintage vixens

gail said...

very impressive and oh so cute!


Very darn cute idea. HUGS MARY

Uncovered Ruby said...

Those turned out great! I live in WA wondering if those cement bags are from Portland, Or? Lisa ;-)

Nook Cranny Gifts said...

Fantastic chairs
Thanks for sharing

* French Farmhouse 425 * said...

~*~*Oh my goodness Beth!!! I LOVE your chairs!! Wish I could buy them..they are gorgeous~*~LOVE you blog too~*Your newest follower~*Hugs, Rachel~*~*

Karen/My Colonial Home said...

Only you Beth could pull that off...THY LOOK GREAT.
Hugs, Karen

Brenda said...

Those are just awesome!! Great job!


Tammy said...

Beth...Gurl you did it again! I LOVE these chairs! Creative and beautiful job! Great instructions for all us beginners! Thanks!
I'm really looking forward to the Southern Comforts Show...if you need any help...I know you have the great and wonderful Mr.OTM... but I'd be happy to help out! I'll be there the first day for sure to see all the goodies!!
I hope you read all the comments after my post on your Harvest Event...you're a rock star junker!!
LOL! See you soon!
Tammy :-)

Green Willow Pond said...

Love the cement sacks! What a great job! Thanks for visiting my blog. I'm your newest follower.

Sweet Old Vintage said...

Oh my gosh these would fit right in my home... Love them

Maureen said...


Parisienne Farmgirl said...

NICE job!
Thank you so much for your kind words on my most recent post!
Wish I could come to see your booth!

Laurel said...

Ooooooo...thanks for the inspiration! I have 2 chairs and a foot stool waiting for me in my garage. You made it look so easy and I'm going for it! Thanks, Laurel@chippingwithcharm

Debra@Common Ground said...

Beth, you crazy girl, you had me laughing all the way thru this. I think we must have been separated at birth. We do projects the same way! The chairs turned out wonderful; the sacks are perfect for them. Thanks so much for the great inspiration and for linking up with VIF!! sorry it took me so long to get here!

Midwest Cottage and Finds! said...

Beth-thanks so much for commenting on my blog--i am so new to this blog world getting a comment is so much fun! we just found out today we are going to purchase barn siding from a barn in the area--so that project will be BIG--thinking either floors or on walls.....i am so excited! thanks again for stopping by!!