I have four unique vintage dining room chairs that need some TLC.
My mother had already replaced some of the cane chair backs.
Unfortunately these chairs are not safely sitable not to mention that the stuffing sifts itself onto the floor.
I went to JoAnn Fabrics to get some supplies to repair the seats:
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.
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.)
Hoping to start rehabbing these chairs soon.
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?
While I was shopping for curtains I saw a lot of attractive things, especially at Home Goods.
I could definitely see this bench in a couple of places in the house:
Under the painting in the living room,
Or in the mudroom in place of the cedar chest.
I left without making a purchase. Whew, it was close.
What have you got your eye on to purchase?
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.
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.
He told me the process was slow-going and involved some elbow grease.
I think the contrast is formidable.
The blue metal table is also clean.
What do you use in lieu of elbow grease?
I have been looking all over the internet for chair slats to repair my French garden chairs.
Apparently the only group repairing this style of chair is Bryant Park in New York City but they don’t give any details.
I pulled a broken slat from one of the chairs and took it to Home Depot to see what, if anything, similar is available.
I looked down the trim aisle where we found 7/16 by 1-5/8 pine with squared edges.
The width and depth made it a reasonable if not ideal choice.
At $2.21 a linear foot I decided to look a little more.
Then I spied a primed pine mullion — 3/8 by 2 inches.
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.
I purchased an 8-foot piece of the pine mullion which should work for sturdy chair repairs.
What spring repairs are you planning?
I’ve started gathering together my outside chairs.
We stored the lawn chairs behind the garden because the shed was full of shutters.
The lawn furniture definitely needs to be scrubbed which Charlie has offered to do.
I also have about 10 French garden chairs which I did store in the shed over the winter.
They need repair because they are about 25 years old.
Until they are fixed I will use seat cushions on them.
And I also found 2 folding chairs in the attic
along with a chair I recovered to match the card tables.
That should be enough to start.
Any idea how to fix the slats on the French garden chairs?
Our master shower is very large, approximately 43 inches wide by 7 feet long.
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.
So to keep the area more streamlined I purchased a 30-inch teak bench for the opposite side of the shower.
I made sure to find one with a shelf under the seat.
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.
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.
- to touch up the paint.
- to paint the trim.
- to hang mirrors.
- to hang more towel bars.
- to hang lighting fixtures.
- Trim round window.
Some projects seem endless.
What’s your endless project?
I stopped by the Model Home Interior Clearance Center because I’m looking for a few items.
I didn’t find a vanity stool.
I would also like to have a bench with some storage for the master shower.
Finally I need a couple of small mirrors.
One for the spot in the mudroom where I removed the antique mirror which I plan to use in the master bathroom.
I also need a smallish mirror for the conservatory bathroom which I really can’t decide on until we install the backsplash.
Until then I did find a reasonably priced ($15) square mirror the frame of which I’ll probably paint.
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?