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?

Saw It, Wanted It, Took a Picture

While I was shopping for curtains I saw a lot of attractive things, especially at Home Goods.

Two identical benches -- $150 each.
Two identical benches — $150 each.

I could definitely see this bench in a couple of places in the house:

A bench might look nice under the large painting in the living room.
A bench might look nice under the large painting in the living room.

Under the painting in the living room,

An airy bench would look nice in the mudroom.
An airy bench would look better than the hope chest in the mudroom.

Or in the mudroom in place of the cedar chest.

I'm planning to build this bench.
I’m planning to build this bench.

I left without making a purchase. Whew, it was close.

What have you got your eye on to purchase?

Chairs for a Party

As I gathered my outdoor chairs together I realized they were just too dirty to sit in. We usually store them in the over the winter but this year the shed was full of exterior shutters awaiting rehab.

Nobody wants to sit in a dirty chair.
Nobody wants to sit in a dirty chair.

We’ve had a rainy week but Charlie went out in the damp weather with a bucket full of sudsy water (blue Dawn) and a scrub brush to clean the mesh seats and backs.

The undersides get especially dirty.
The undersides get especially dirty.

He told me the process was slow-going and involved some elbow grease.

Can you tell which chair has been washed?
Can you tell which chair has been washed?

I think the contrast is formidable.

The blue metal table is useful on the porch or in the yard.
The blue metal table is useful on the porch or in the yard.

The blue metal table is also clean.

What do you use in lieu of elbow grease?

Replacement Lumber

I have been looking all over the internet for chair slats to repair my French garden chairs.

French folding chairs need repair.
French folding chairs need repair.

Apparently the only group repairing this style of chair is Bryant Park in New York City but they don’t give any details.

A broken slat
A broken slat

I pulled a broken slat from one of the chairs and took it to Home Depot to see what, if anything, similar is available.

Stain-ready pine slat
Stain-ready pine slat

I looked down the trim aisle where we found 7/16 by 1-5/8 pine with squared edges.

Almost the same width.
Almost the same width.

The width and depth made it a reasonable if not ideal choice.

The thickness was also similar.
The thickness was also similar.

At $2.21 a linear foot I decided to look a little more.

3/8 by 2 inch mullion
3/8 by 2 inch mullion

Then I spied a primed pine mullion — 3/8 by 2 inches.

The mullion was the same size as my slat and the edges were rounded.
The mullion was the same size as my slat and the edges were rounded.

It was almost exactly the same size and the top edges were rounded much like the original slates. The price is $1.68 per linear foot. Still relatively expensive.

Now I just need to wrangle the chairs from behind the shutters in the shed.
Now I just need to wrangle the chairs from behind the shutters in the shed.

I purchased an 8-foot piece of the pine mullion which should work for sturdy chair repairs.

What spring repairs are you planning?

Gathering the Chairs

I’ve started gathering together my outside chairs.

We "stored" the chairs out in the yard over the winter.
We “stored” the chairs out in the yard over the winter.

We stored the lawn chairs behind the garden because the shed was full of shutters.

Last winter we failed to put our lawn furniture away so it's very dingy.
Last winter we failed to put our lawn furniture away so it’s very dingy.

The lawn furniture definitely needs to be scrubbed which Charlie has offered to do.

The French garden chairs hang on the back wall of the shed.
The French garden chairs hang on the back wall of the shed.

I also have about 10 French garden chairs which I did store in the shed over the winter.

Our blue metal garden table flanked by French folding chairs.
Our blue metal garden table flanked by French folding chairs.

They need repair because they are about 25 years old.

French garden chairs and lawn chairs
French garden chairs and lawn chairs

Until they are fixed I will use seat cushions on them.

Heavy folding chairs from the attic can be used inside or out.
Heavy folding chairs from the attic can be used inside or out.

And I also found 2 folding chairs in the attic

Old fashioned folding chair.
Old fashioned folding chair.

along with a chair I recovered to match the card tables.

Bistro Chair - Metallic Charcoal
Bistro Chair – Metallic Charcoal

That should be enough to start.

Any idea how to fix the slats on the French garden chairs?

Adding a Shower Bench

Our master shower is very large, approximately 43 inches wide by 7 feet long.

The built-in, tiled shower bench is on the inside wall of the master shower.
The built-in tiled shower bench is on the inside wall of the master shower.
There is a built-in tiled bench on the inside wall of the shower.
This is a convenient place to keep shower supplies.

We have a built-in bench on the water wall side which has become the repository for our body washes, shampoos, and conditioners. Charlie and I each have our own stash.

The bench came in 4 pieces with bolts and an Allen wrench.
The bench came in 4 pieces with bolts and an Allen wrench.

So to keep the area more streamlined I purchased a 30-inch teak bench for the opposite side of the shower.

The bench fit together easily and was held together with bolts which were snugged up with an Allen wrench.
The bench fit together easily and was held together with bolts which were snugged up with an Allen wrench.

I made sure to find one with a shelf under the seat.

The bench fits nicely at the end of the master shower.
The bench fits nicely at the end of the master shower.

Since the shower is large the towels hanging on the bar on the wall and the items on the teak bench stay dry even while the shower is in use.

The bottom of the bench has adjustable rubber feet that stabilize it on the tile.
The bottom of the bench has adjustable rubber feet that stabilize it on the tile.

This is a perfect place to lay a terry robe and store a few extra towels.

In the master bathroom we are still waiting:

  • to have the sinks installed.

    The sinks still need water flow.
    The sinks still need water flow.
  • to touch up the paint.

    A smear of quickset on the wall between the shower glass and vanity.
    A smear of quickset on the wall between the shower glass and vanity.
  • to paint the trim.

    The baseboard needs to be caulked and painted.
    The baseboard needs to be caulked and painted.
  • to hang mirrors.

    This antique mirror would look great over Charlie's sink.
    This antique mirror would look great over Charlie’s my sink.
  • to hang more towel bars.

    We need additional towel bars throughout the room.
    We need additional towel bars throughout the room.
  • to hang lighting fixtures.

    Master bathroom vanity pendants.
    Master bathroom vanity pendants.
  • Trim round window.

    The round window has special preformed trim that must be painted then installed.
    The round window has special preformed trim that must be painted then installed.

Some projects seem endless.

What’s your endless project?

2 Small Mirrors

I stopped by the Model Home Interior Clearance Center because I’m looking for a few items.

This small stool would be perfect.
This small stool would be perfect.

I didn’t find a vanity stool.

I think we need a shower bench for the far end if the master shower for storage.
I think we need a shower bench for the far end in the master shower for storage.

I would also like to have a bench with some storage for the master shower.

Bamboo trimmed 10" by 18" mirror for $18.
Bamboo trimmed 10″ by 18″ mirror for $18.

Finally I need a couple of small mirrors.

I've missed having a mirror in the entrance.
I’ve missed having a mirror in the entrance.

One for the spot in the mudroom where I removed the antique mirror which I plan to use in the master bathroom.

The frame of the mirror in the conservatory bathroom should be painted a fun color.
The frame of the mirror in the conservatory bathroom should be painted a fun color.

I also need a smallish mirror for the conservatory bathroom which I really can’t decide on until we install the backsplash.

This space will ultimately need a very special size mirror after the backsplash is tiled.
This space will ultimately need a very special size mirror after the backsplash is tiled.

Until then I did find a reasonably priced ($15) square mirror the frame of which I’ll probably paint.

The back of the mirror is labeled "Made on Earth". Whew!
The back of the mirror is labeled “Made on Earth”. Whew!

I was interested to see that it was not imported from outer space.

I’ll check back from time to time to see what’s new at the Model Home Interior Clearance Center.

What piece are you searching for?