Friday, January 20, 2012

Craigslist Cane Chairs

Like so many DIYers, I peruse Craigslist on a regular basis.  Recently, I scored these great cane chairs and knew I had to have them.  For $50 they had found a new home, mine!

Craigslist Cane Chairs

Craigslist Cane Chairs

Upon closer inspection, they needed a bit more love than I thought but nothing I couldn't cover with paint.  My newest favorite saying is, "If all else fails, paint it".   

I first removed the cushions and bottom seat and then I cleaned with TSP.  Next I used my handy Klean Strip Easy Liquid Sandpaper over the entire chair.  It deglosses and prepares the chair for painting.  LOVE IT!!!


I then took the chairs outside and sprayed them with Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Primer in Black followed by 2 coats of Krylon Spaces Satin Finish in Black.  I feel that spray paint provides the best coverage for cane.

Craigslist Cane Chairs
My next step was to distress the chairs to expose some of the original wood where it may have worn away through normal wear and tear.  I tend to use whatever grade of sandpaper I have handy.  I used a not-so-fine grade this time.  To be honest with you, it was a spare piece and I really don't know what grade it was.  I then finished them off with my trusty wax, Howard Citrus Shield Premium Paste Wax. Bottom line, I was pleased with the overall distressing. 




Now this is where I wanted to announce that these chairs are part of an overall plan to redecorate my Guest Room for expected company at the end of the month.  I have sooooo much to do.  Hint, hint.....black, cream and burlap are a part of the design scheme.

Next, I tackled recovering the cushions and the seat.  The most important lesson I learned while completing this part of the project is to cut your fabric generously.  I did not do this and subsquently, my cushion is sewn a bit too tightly. 


Below is the painted chair with the seat recovered.


And finally, the completed project....  You might recognize the RELAX pillow made earlier this year for my Etsy Inspiration & Giveaway post that featured Graphique.


Project #3 Complete!

Let me know what you think......



PS. Stay tuned for a new giveaway featuring Graphique in the next couple of weeks!

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28 comments:

  1. What a great find -and a super spectacular makeover!

    Have a great weekend,

    Shari

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  2. OMG...You continue to "out do" yourself...You have an amazing creative visualization of the finished item & these awesome chairs are proof of that...

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  3. What a great find and a great makeover. They look beautiful.

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  4. I love the chair and I WANT the pillow! :) Thanks so much for linking up at Sassy Sites for our ffa Friday party! Have a great weekend.

    XOXO!
    Marni

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  5. What a wonderful idea, painting them black! These cane chairs show up all the time at garage sales! The fabric choice is perfect and like Sassy Sites, I want that pillow! LOL

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  6. I love the chairs, the pillow, the liquid sandpaper tip (I must get me some of that!) and seeing our "Impossibilities" challenge in your post! So glad you have joined us ...

    Linda
    itallstartedwithpaint@gmail.com

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  7. Larissa,

    Can you email me your email address? You came through as a "noreply" and I'd love to put you on our Impossibilities update email list.

    Thanks,

    Linda
    itallstartedwithpaint@gmail.com

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  8. Yippie -glad you are joining our Impossibilities Challenge! The chairs are fabulous - can't wait to see more!
    Kelly

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  9. Your chair is incredible! I love that black caning and that black toile! You go girl! Thanks for joining our challenge!

    blessings,
    karianne

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  10. Beautiful transformation. That chair is lucky you saved it!

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  11. Awesome transformation Heather! So glad you're joining the challenge, thanks so much for posting our button! I look forward to seeing you linked up on the 31st!!! I am your newest follower!

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  12. The chairs look great--I redid one like this too. I find it to be quite comfortable and love the look.:) Yours are awesome!

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  13. Love the chair! I just redid her sister with a drop cloth. Check it out- http://bluestarantiques.blogspot.com

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  14. Your chairs look fabulous! Love the black and cream! ~ Barbara

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    1. Hi Heather, I'm adding this to a "reply" since Blogger is not letting me comment (you may want to switch to a pop up window). Anyway, I had to click right over from BNOTP as I am using that exact fabric on a caned loveseat--can you believe it! I think I'm going to paint my black furniture a shade of white, however. Your project looks really nice, I'm glad to have a peek of what mine will/could look like.

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    2. Kim; Thanks for the heads up. I have been having some issues with Blogger for the last week now and am getting no where with it. I'd love for you to come back and post your photos of your completed furniture. Let me know when they're done. Can't wait to see them. Heather

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  15. Love the chairs! They turned out perfect! (Visiting from A2Z).

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  16. Chairs came out great! I'm partial to black and toile. Stopped by from Coastal Charm.

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  17. Love how your chairs turned out. The fabric is perfect. I've never used that liquid sanding stuff. I always forget to pick it up when I'm at the hardware store.
    thanks for sharing @ catch as catch can
    gail

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  18. SUper cute re-do~ sharing on FB- thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday!

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  19. Omg...You are so talented! Love the new chair! This is a great post! I'm having a linky party as well, and would love for you to join it! Here is the link http://www.thesouthernproductqueen.com/one-stop-s... Thanks for sharing!

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  20. The chairs are beautiful. I have 2 of them that were purchased by my mom about 55 years ago. We recently gave them a makeover after receiving an estimate of $900.00 apiece from a professional!

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  21. Gorgeous! What a steal at $50! I have done several black pieces with the damask or toile prints. They are my favorite combo!

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  23. Great work! You did a great job, it's a real transformation. I love your color choices!

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