Monday, April 5, 2010

My Country French Chair Makeover

I picked up four of these high-back Country French chairs in the parking lot of a high school. A teacher sold them to me; he wanted to make room for new items found for his home. One of the caned seats was ripped. Instead of having it repaired, I did something else. Yes, even though it's late in the day today, I am participating in Between Naps on the Porch 's weekly Metamorphosis Monday. Here's the show and tell of my Before and After:

I had a nubby 19th Century hemp fabric placed over the caning.

While I didn't want to repair the torn caned seat of one of my chairs, I also chose not to rip it out. I felt like they should remain somewhat intact, even if a little ripped, since I didn't -- don't -- know too much about them. 


I had bought earlier on -- from a woman living in Germany -- about 6 yards of this old hemp.  I handed over my Ebay fabric to my upholsterer who added a little padding right on top of the caned seats and then hammered in my requested nailheads. It proved to be a quick and easy fix. For you DIYselfers, I probably could have even done this upholstery work myself . . . . (Although, Arturo's work is really superior!) 

Here's a closer look at the hemp fabric and nailheads.

They now show as rather unique pieces -- all without losing their original character. Plus, they're now extra comfy! It also worked out in that the hemp fabric that I had to have was very narrow, compared to most fabric widths. In fact, it was about half or less of the normal 54 inches or whatever.

The original cane underneath.  (This isn't the one that was ripped.)

Just thought I'd share another way to go on this Metamorphosis Monday. 

8 Responses to “My Country French Chair Makeover”

Beautiful chairs. And a smart fix! Looks like your upholsterer added webbing on top of the caning -yes? More smartness! I'll remember that if I ever run into the same situation.

kim said...

The chair looks great with the hemp and nailheads. Good job.

What a great solution. They are just lovely and sounds like they were a great find!

They look great! Come on over and look at my chair redo!

OK, that just turned out awesome. What a fantastic idea. Super easy and no wood stripping or harsh chemicals involved. Gotta love it.

Susan, This is a great project. I love that you kept the broken cane- the nail heads give this chair such wonderful character. Very well done!

Very nice chairs! I like that you kept so much of the original detail, they're beautiful!
☺ Celeste

i love that the chair still has its vintage charm and rustic feel. and i love the nailhead!

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