Cane Chair Makeover x 3 – Same But Different

I picked up 3 identical cane chairs and had plans to give them all a different coat of paint. They were tired and sad looking and in need of some serious re-vamping! I completed these about 2 years ago and it was the first time I reupholstered a seat. I don’t think that’s what you would call it, maybe the term is “I replaced the seat”…? Whatever you call it, it was SO easy! I apologise in advance, I do not have step by step photos, as at the time I didn’t know they would have a place on my blog 🙂

I don’t have a before photo of all three of them together in the one shot, but they really were identical, so you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all!

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The first thing I did was remove the existing seat. I basically “popped” it out and removed any nails. I then removed the exisiting cushion & cover and, well…ditched them, keeping the piece of timber used as the seat. I already had fabric at home (score!) so all I needed was spray paint & new foam cushions. I bought the foam from Clark Rubber and they kindly cut them to size – to make it easier I took the piece of timber with me, so they literally traced around it.

Next, using craft glue, I drizzled some glue on the timber seat and stuck the foam to it. This will insure it will stay in place and not wiggle about over time. I then placed my material wrong side up on the floor and positioned the seat cushion side down on top. I then pulled the material up over & stapled it in place with a staple gun. Once I stapled the first side of material, I moved to the OPPOSITE end so I could pull it tight and staple. I then completed the remaining two sides, ensuring to tuck in as I go (think hospital bed corners!). The seats were ready and waiting for the chairs!

I gave the chairs a sand to remove what was remaining of the existing gloss. This had to be done so the paint could stick to the surface. I cleaned off any dust and started spraying. When spraying, you must keep the can moving so you don’t get drips on any area. I sprayed in the garage, with large drop sheets covering the floor and the doors open to provide ventilation.

Once the paint was dry, I placed the seats back in position. I didn’t even need to nail or glue them in, because they were a perfect snucg fit.

So here they are…the first is YELLOW:

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The second is a bright RED:

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The third is a deep PINK:
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3 chairs, 3 styles!

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Desk Makeover

I needed a desk, but it couldn’t be just any desk. I wanted something with character, something that invited me to get up and study. So I started searching on EBay and Gumtree. I was shocked when I picked up this gorgeous solid timber desk for under $20! Whaaaat?? Yes, under $20!

 

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No shock to my husband, I wanted to paint it turquoise. I went over to my local Bunnings to find the perfect shade. After deliberating over 3 different shades, I decided on British paints, colour #312, Amanzi.

I love the look and tones of timber, so I decided to simply repair and re-stain the top of the desk. There wasn’t much to repair, some of the wood panels had separated so it was just a matter of using wood filler to fill the gaps and a light sand all over.

This was the biggest piece of furniture I was attempting to makeover at the time, so I wasn’t sure how it would turn out. I am by no means a professional painter, and made some rookie mistakes along the way, but I accepted that my mistakes would help me learn…or so I told my self 🙂

Once painted, I changed the drawer handles to something a little more fancy that really complimented the fresh new colour of the desk.

And here it is, my new and in my opinion, improved desk!

 

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