Thursday, February 24, 2011

Before & After: DIY Upholstered Cane-Back Chair

This 'ol gal is probably one of my biggest personal *high-fives* to date. Here she is all done, currently occupying a lonely corner of our guest room. Let's take a journey back to what she used to look like: 
The picture doesn't show it very well, but the caning in all three panels was busted through in different places- hence why it was F-R-E-E on craigslist- SCORE. I loved the silhouette, but I wasn't about to try fixing that caning. I love the look of upholstered panels and parlor chairs, so I figured I'd give it a shot (not using a sewing machine, mind you). 

Here she is primed
Painted 

And Glazed 

Now, for the upholstering. For the back I cut 3 pieces of sturdy poster board to fit inside the back panels and upholstered them using batting and my fabric of choice. I then used a needle and thread and sewed them through the caning, securing the thread on the other side with super glue. And the back will look like this: 

For the front you just need quilt batting, a rotary cutter (HIGHLY recommended) and your fabric/ trim of choice. I cut my pieces of batting and fabric as close to size as I could, and just hot glued the batting directly on top of the caning. Then, using a scissors and a rotary cutter, cut the fabric as close to the shape of the chair as I could. 

I know, the unfinished edges look AWFUL. Never fear, trim covers a multitude of ickyness.

This picture above shows the 3 panels in 3 different stages. The far left has batting and fabric but no trim, the middle is just the batting layer, and the far right is the finished panel with trim. I attached the trim just with hot glue. 

See? That wasn't so bad! And we wind up with....
yay! 
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This post linked up to:
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Chic Cottage 
Piece of Work Wednesday @ Primitive and Proper
Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
Furniture Feature Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed 
Look What I Found Friday @ Vintage Revivals


xo,

27 comments:

  1. Beautiful...love it! The fabric fits that chair perfectly!!

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  2. Thanks, Lisa! The best part is I got it on sale from $25/yd to about $7/yd. Double score!

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  3. I'm in love with your chair!! You did such a great job !!!

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  4. gorgeous, margaret! i looove the fabric you used- it's traditional but fun and vibrant!

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  5. It looks awesome! I love the white with that fabric. Beautiful.

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  6. I love this chair. I am always proud of a good upholstery job, its hard to do!

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  7. Margaret! This is gorgeous! I LOVE IT! The fabric is just gorgeous! I take an upholstery class and can so appreciate what when into this!

    Great job!

    Just found your blog and I am a follower!

    Lou Cinda :)

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  8. stopping by from Vintage Revivals- this looks AMAZING! i'm so jealous!

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  9. Oh My! I love what you did! The fabric with the white is perfect!

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  10. I love it! The fabric is such a great choice!

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  11. This turned out beautifully - great job!

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  12. I love the fabric! It definitely adds just the right touch to the chair. Lovely job :)

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  13. Amazing! You had a great vision for this piece!

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  14. Stopping by from Vintage Revivals- Your chair transformation is so great. I love it. I am totally up for a chance to win a gift card, so I will definitely follow ;)
    Jennifer
    http://www.alwaysinwonder.com
    Oh and I am having a small giveaway too, over on my blog if you want to check it out.

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  15. Very adorable redo. New follower.
    Kristy @ 4 the love of WOOD

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  16. Beautiful i would love to have a Chair like that, great job!! audistreeblogspot.com

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  17. You make that seem oh-so-easy! Hmm...time to check Craig's list!!

    Have a great week!
    Dominique
    (New Follower!)
    http://gnarlynotes.blogspot.com

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  18. Super cute! You have a lot of great idea's on your blog, adding them to my list of DIY!!!

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  19. Holy goodness, I am in LOVE!! The fabric! The outline of the back! Awesome job! I'm your newest follower and would love it if you came and checked me out sometime!

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  20. Love, love, love it!!! :D
    -Mandi

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  21. Amazing makeover--poster board! Who knew?

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  22. What a great job! You make it look so easy!

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  23. this chair is beautiful you did a great job i love the fabric

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  24. love this makeover and the fabric is so perfect. great job, very jealous!

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  25. Inspirational for something I have been scared to attempt. Now to convince myself to finish the project :)

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  26. What did you do for the trim? Gimp trim or is it cane?

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