Sewing, Refashioning, Repurposing & Thrifting Through Life

Another Cane Chair Makeover

Hello friends. Here’s another quick cane chair makeover. This one was done for my mom. Scored this velvet number a few months back and finally got around to reupholstery. While there was nothing wrong with it, the colour needed an update. Here she is before.


And here’s the after. Sorry for not having more pictures and closeups. I’ve been so busy with work that it’s left me with very little time in the evenings to do this properly but I thought you might like to see the transformation. The only thing I changed was the use of double-piping instead of single. I changed up the way the piping went around the base of the cushion as well. Sometimes these chairs are a pain to remove staples from as the groove is so tiny. It also makes it more difficult to put your staple gun in the right place. A good way to hide the imperfections is by doubling up the piping.


Before and After:



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Cane Chair Reupholstery

A quick before and after of a cane chair I just finished. Purchase price $25, ugly stained velvet fabric included.


???????????????????????????????As I started to dismantle it, I found the original tag – Morganton Chair Inc, North Carolina.



And even better – this:


Oh, how I love cherrywood! After everything was taken off, I gave it a good scrub with my trusted Briwax and some steel wool, which by the way, got rid of all of the scuff/scratch marks on the wood and then buffed it out completely with a soft rag.

I chose a rather classic fabric to recover with. I try to get all my fabric off the clearance bins at the fabric stores. This often works well for chairs since they don’t need much. A couple of metres or so. Here is the result.



Just to give you a better idea how scuffed up it was. Here are some close ups.



I’m quite pleased with it. It’s so comfortable and now has a new home in our entry way for guests to sit and tie shoes.

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