Yesterday’s post described the deconstruction necessary before making the repairs to the French Garden chairs.
Using primed pine mullions I scribed the length onto the onto the new piece matching the slats on the original chairs.
I cut the slats to length with a power miter saw and also trimmed the corners by adjusting the saw to 45 degrees.
I sanded the sharp edges off the corners with a radial hand sander. (I tried using a Dremel tool which was both inefficient and spotty.)
Using one of the broken slats as a guide I marked the screw holes and drilled them so the bolt would be a tight fit. Charlie screwed in the bolts (from our supply) and secured them with nuts on the underside.
We fixed 6 entire chairs. In order to finish the final 3 we need a trip to Home Depot for more lumber supplies.
I have had 10 9 French garden chairs for over thirty years.
I bought them at Pier One on sale for $10 each.
Over the years the slats of the chair seats have broken or become detached.
I assumed someone would be selling replacement slats because these chairs are so popular. Not being able to find the slats I looked for a synonym of “slat” and “lath” came up. It seemed primed pine mullion would work. Although it is not curved like the slats on the original chairs the thickness and width were similar.
I worked the broken slat off a chair. They were riveted on. I knew the replacement would need to be fastened with nuts and bolts.
Charlie used a cut off wheel on a Dremel tool to cut through the rivet.
He removed the portion that remained in the hole with a punch and hammer.
Some of the chairs had more broken slats than others.
Next tasks: cut the slats, drill holes, attach slats.
Now that the vanity top is installed in the master bathroom I am ready to hang mirrors on the wall above it.
Mirrors to fit these skinny spaces are hard to find, especially at a reasonable price. I would love this Beaudry mirror from Ballard Designs but it is too wide and costs way more than I would want to spend, especially for 2.
My plan was to use 2 totally different vintage mirrors until I can find matching mirrors that will fit.
I hung the larger of the two in the smaller space because this is Charlie’s side of the vanity. As I’ve said before he is left-handed and so the wall on the right-hand side will not impinge his maneuverings.
I hung the smaller, daintier mirror on my side.
The bottoms of both mirrors are 9 inches from the countertop.
I think they could be a little higher on the wall but first I want to hang the lighting fixtures and get a backsplash tiled behind the vanity.
In the meanwhile these vintage mirrors will reflect just fine.
Do you make do until you find just the perfect thing? At a good price?