Monday, March 12, 2012

Trash Chair

On the way to school every morning, I always look forward to Tuesdays and Wednesdays--trash days in the neighborhoods that we drive through! A couple of weeks ago I found four great chairs waiting sadly for the trash.

I hopped out and threw one in the back of the Pilot and off we went. Looking back I wish that I had taken all of them--this is such a solid chair.

Anyhow, on to the redo.

I wanted to keep the natural caning in the back, so I taped that part off, and started with an oil based primer. 

I used Benjamin Moore's new line, Advanced, for the 2 finishing coats in Edgecomb Gray, satin finish. For the upholstery, I was a little disappointed to have to replace the foam, but when I stripped off the old fabric, the original foam was disintegrating. JoAnne Fabrics has foam for okay prices, and I was able to make the seat really comfy. It's upholstered in some Calico Corners fabric that I had from the outlet--which was perfect because the arms of the chair mimic the scrolling pattern in the negative space of the fabric. I wanted a little contrasting (subtle) pop, so I added the blue/gray chenille piping around the base of the seat. I like how the natural cane brings out the warm hues in the fabric pattern.


Emily said...

Oh Rebecca!! This is perfect. I'm going to pin it right now...

Bark Savage said...

Because you are AWESOME. I am going to sit in that as soon as I get home.