Yeah, so I missed posting Monday. I worked all weekend, then came home and kept on working so I could get all of our transactions entered. I stopped only to eat and pee, and even then it was quick… 😉 So no time for a blog post. I know all the bloggy gurus say “schedule your posts months in advance.” That sounds fine and dandy, but I am not that girl. This blog will probably never tell you how to organize anything and keep it organized, because that’s not my bag, baby. I’m a little disorganized, a little chaotic, a little emotional, but I like to think I am fun and creative, too. So ya take the bad with the good, right? So instead of learning how to organize anything today, you will learn how to replace torn caned seats with new upholstered seats! And I was on top of it and have pictures for
every most some steps! “A” for effort!
Anyhow, let’s get right to it, shall we? A friend of mine was getting rid of these chairs and sold them to me for a great deal. I love me some bentwoods!
The only dilemma was that one had a tear in the seat and I really wanted to keep them as a pair. I decided the best way to save them and keep them as a pair (aside from recaning which I have heard is almost as challenging as delivering a 12 pound baby) was to create new seats for them.
In order to do this, I first needed to create a template for the seats. To make a template, I folded a large piece of poster board in half, and placed it on a table. I placed one of the chairs upside down on the table, and aligned the diameter of the chair with the folded seam of the poster board. I forgot to take a picture of the chair with the poster board before I cut it, but here you can see the seam along the diameter.
I used a pencil to trace the semicircle of the seat, cut it out, and unfolded it to reveal my template.
I then used my template to trace two circles onto a piece of 1/2″ plywood. Using my jigsaw, I cut out the circles. I got lucky, and the seats were a perfect fit!
Once the seats were cut out, the next step was upholstering them. To give them some cushion you will want to use batting or upholstery foam cut to size. I used what I had on hand (which was some stuff I used to use when I made purses and diaper bags years ago). It’s thick and cushy, and I knew would work just fine. I cut it to size, and then I cut my fabric about 2-3″ wider to give me room to staple.
I began by creating a pleat and stapling it down. I did this about every 3″ around the entire seat, with all of my pleats folded in the same direction until I made it all the way back to where I started!
Finally, it was time to secure the seats. To do this, I needed to drill holes into the chair frame which I could use to slip screws through and into my new wooden seat. I would recommend using screws that are size 8-10 thread. As for the length, you will want a screw that is about 1/8-14″ longer than the thickness of the frame you are drilling, allowing the screw to go into your plywood seat without poking through (ouch!).
I drilled 4 holes into each seat frame, about 1/4 of the way around the circumference from each other.
Finally, I slipped in my screws and secured my seats. I then flipped the chairs over and admired my work! I sat down and made sure no screws got me in the tush.
I attached my seat’s so the fabric was in sort of a diagonal which I thought worked well for the round shape of them.
I then tried to make them look a little more photo worthy, and my trusty assistant popped over to see if I needed any help.
I assured him I was ok, thanked him for his offer, and went on with my shoot.
He stayed by my side in case I needed anything else. I have the best help around.
It had been a while since I had cut out a new chair seat, so I am glad to have this project checked off my list, and glad to know that I still have the skills needed! (It’s really not hard! If I can do it, so can you, and probably your grandmother, and maybe even your 3 year old, but I don’t recommend giving your toddler power tools). Now I have 2 down, and only 73 more chairs that need seats to go! Do you think your grandmother wants to come help?
Have a fabulous Tuesday! I know what I’ll be doing.