A few weeks ago, I traded for some furniture and ended up with these two faux bamboo chairs as a part of the deal. They are very unique chairs and I felt immediately drawn to them, but they were problematic. The caned seat on one of them was entirely punched through and the other one was damaged and sagging.
I moved them to the to-do stash and put them out of mind for a while. As I’ve shared before, upholstery is not my favorite thing to work on and I procrastinate. Such was the case with these.
Since I don’t do caning, the best way to deal with these was to make a new seat and upholster it. They’ll be sturdier and more comfortable in the long run, anyway. I always hold my breath a little when I sit in a caned seat. I’m just waiting for the day when I fall through and am left, thighs to stomach, bottom on the floor, entirely at the mercy of whoever is in the room who can help me get out of that predicament.
I made a new seat the way I did in THIS TUTORIAL. If you want the quick version, I made a paper template of the shape of the seat and then used it to cut a new seat out of plywood. I screwed the new seats onto the frame. For these chairs, I used 1″ foam, cut to the right size/shape, covered it in upholstery batting, and then the antique grain sack upholstery fabric.
The frames are a little orange and I debated painting them, but I think they would look awkward painted, since they were cut to mimic bamboo. I decided to leave them as is.
I was able to fold the fabric pretty tightly around the legs, so I didn’t have to use a gimp trim. I like the cleaner look for these chairs.
They are fairly tall chairs, so they would be nice at a dining table or I also picture them in a hallway, flanking a table or chest.
They pair pretty perfectly with the sweet little pine table/desk I bought several weeks ago…
The chairs, table little stool and accessories (except the painting) are coming to Lucketts to sell!
Jeff came to the studio today and saw the Lucketts hoard for the first time. His eyes widened and he slowly nodded his head.
“Wow… That’s a lot of stuff.”
You see, it’s his task to pack the truck…