Another chair ready to head over to Mama’s Happy in the City. This chair was without a doubt a labor of love. I purchased the chair in the fall and forgot to give it a good sniff test. The weather had just turned and it was too cold to work on the chair outdoors. When I got it home I realized that the upholstery was filled with the odor of smoke. I couldn’t bear the smell so, it sat in the garage all winter while I contemplated whether I should just accept that I made a bad purchase. Then a few weeks ago we got a glorious springlike Saturday and I was able to take the chair in the front yard and strip it all the way down.
The caning on the sides was in moderated condition but was a larger size and felt dated, so I ripped it all off and decided that I would replace it by weaving in cotton webbing. The whole chair got sprayed down with several coats of shellac to address the smoke smell and I began to have hope for the chair again. I painted the frame with Annie Sloan Old Ochre and went with my trusty safe color scheme for fabric.
My eldest and I had a fun time weaving the cotton webbing onto the sides. I mention this because he was lamenting that he never gets any credit for his contributions in reupholstering the chairs. He thinks weaving is one of the best things ever.
I am so pleased with how this chair turned out and glad that I was determined enough to not give up hope on it. It is whimsical and eclectic and unique. Hopefully someone else appreciates the style as much as I do.