If it is possible to be truly, madly, and deeply in love with a piece of furniture, then lovebugs, I’m here to tell you that I have met my soulmate and we’re running away together.
I spotted this cane chair while thrifting a couple months ago and despite its shoddy appearance I was immediately drawn to it.
The biggest score and the reason I brought it home was that the caning was almost perfectly intact. There were a few small tears but nothing very major or noticeable other than the finish having worn off.
I sanded down the wood by hand, and only to rough it up and get the shine off the original finish. I did not sand any part of the caning.
Then I started ripping off the oddly attached, stained velour cover, which gave off the distinct smell of wet dog.
Underneath the velour I found the sorry remains of the original silk upholstery.
I had been hoping I’d be able to reuse the foam and wrapping but it was turning to dust so I removed it all, down to the burlap and springs, and decided to start the upholstery job from scratch.
At this point I gave the chair two careful coats of Rustoleum semi-gloss spray paint in black. Hand brushing black paint may have worked too but I was worried about how it would go on the caned parts and the spray paint worked beautifully.
At about this point I realized that I was falling in love and my original plans to sell this finished chair quickly started to slip away. I mean when you know, you know. You know?
I cut 2″ thick foam to fit the shape of the seat as best I could and lay it in place.
Then I wrapped batting snugly around the foam and stapled it to the frame.
…the traditional carved legs…
…the inviting round curve of the back.
This chair will be moving into our upstairs hallway next to a vintage/antique (I don’t know the difference!) beadboard bookshelf that is next up for a paint makeover. As soon as I have the bookshelf finished I’ll share photos of the chair and shelf together.
But for now, here’s a straight on shot of my love.
And another one of my cute model :)