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BROKEN Dining room chair – Can it be Saved??????

What is it about teenage boys who can’t sit still and need to rock back & forth on the dining room chair. 

No matter who I talk to this is a common theme. Of course the inevitable happens , after countless raves at them to stop it – Yep the whole chair breaks.   But can it be fixed or do you chuck it out.

 

Broken Dining room Chair IMG_2777 IMG_2780After a friend told me about the chair I said I would try to fix it for her. Time to put those lessons from Furnishing Finishing course into use.

 

First off all the old glue needed to be sanded or scraped off so the new glue would adhere. In a number of areas the snap wood needed to be taken off so it would fit together again. All joints were glued and clamped together.

Clamped dining room chair Clamped dining room chair Once that job was done a fair amount of filling was required with epoxy. Once the epoxy was dried I sanded the areas back to smooth then it was the job of touching up all those areas to get the colour looking the same.

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Done.

Whoops one more thing I added corner chocks underneath to give the back legs more strength – hopefully to save from another teenager rocking on the chair and snapping it.

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After

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New Look Antique Chair

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After

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I loved this chair the moment I saw it – once you looked past the stained fabric and very scratched wooden arms, the potential was endless.

The shape was fabulous and after taking off all the old fabric, wadding, hessian, springs etc I new that I had to restore it with integrity, but with a modern twist.

First was getting the wood back to a warm polished look.

The rest of the chair was another matter.

The only part of the initial inners of the chair, that I managed to keep, was the front roll – who doesn’t like a challenge.

Once the springs were in and laced it was time for the coconut fibre.

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The padding and calico was next and it all  started to come together.

I decided to use beautiful cotton mix fabrics from warwick fabric from their collection ‘anthropology’.

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After a few doubts about where to put the striped and plain fabric I finally found the right combination and love the new look of the chair.

Now to find a new home.

Antique Cahir

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