If I admit to how long these chairs have been hanging around here seatless, will you promise to still keep reading my blog?
They would originally have had caned seats. However, when I purchased them the caning was long gone and someone had added tapestry to the seats. That fabric was literally disintegrating and I removed it, along with the straw/grass stuffing right away when I brought them home last August.
I think part of the reason that it took me so long to work on them was because I wasn’t sure if I should attempt re-caning them, or not. I finally decided to just go ahead and have plywood seats made for them. We visited my parents over the father’s day weekend and I asked my dad if he would pretty-please cut me out new seats. Thanks Pops! And here they are with some brand new drop cloth and batting added to them.
The graphics on the seats are courtesy of the Graphics Fairy. I used iron-on transfers that I printed myself. So as not to have a lot of extra shininess around the edges, I cut everything out real close to their outlines and didn’t leave any big blank white spaces.
I debated on using one graphic on both chairs, or two different ones. As you can see, I decided to go with two different ones.
I actually had no desire to paint these, as I thought the worn wood tones and patina were too lovely to cover up. What do you think? Would you have painted them?