Don’t Sit There

I have four unique vintage dining room chairs that need some TLC.

Some of the caning is new and some old.
Some of the caning is new and some old.

My mother had already replaced some of the cane chair backs.

I'm note sure the leather is real leather but it is really worn.
I’m note sure the leather is real leather but it is really worn.

Unfortunately these chairs are not safely sitable not to mention that the stuffing sifts itself onto the floor.

The underside of the seats show decades of wear and decay. The seats seemed to be stuffed with excelsior.
The underside of the seats show decades of wear and decay. The seats seemed to be stuffed with excelsior.

I went to JoAnn Fabrics to get some supplies to repair the seats:

  • 1″ high density foam

    I bought foam specifically for chair seats.
    I bought foam specifically for chair seats.
  • Polyester batting
  • 3.5 inch jute webbing

I bought the first two items but unfortunately JoAnn’s was selling jute webbing for $9.99 per yard. Seriously, that’s too expensive especially since I think I’ll need a couple of yards per chair.

I ordered 12 yards of jute webbing.
I ordered 12 yards of jute webbing.

When I got home I checked out jute webbing on Etsy and found it for about $1 per yard.  (N.B.: Check more than one vendor to compare not only prices but also shipping costs.)

Carved cane-back antique chairs - set of four
Carved cane-back antique chairs – set of four

Hoping to start rehabbing these chairs soon.

The natural cover canvas will look nice on chairs, too.
The natural cover canvas will look nice on chairs, too.

I’m going to use the same canvas fabric from which the living room and dining room shades are made.

Have you found a good bargain lately?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

6 thoughts on “Don’t Sit There”

  1. As I mentioned before, seeing these cane-back chairs brought back a long-forgotten memory of my grandma’s dining room. Are you going to have the old caning replaced, or stain the new caning to match? I remember Grandma’s as being very dark. I wonder how hard it is to find someone who does caning these days. Good luck!

    1. I might stain the new caning dark. Mother stained one of the chairs’ new caning dark and it looks OK.. Right now, with the blonde table, I don’t mind the variegated colors. Not difficult to find a good caner just difficult to pay for it. Jo

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