March 17, 2009

Would you rescue these chairs?

Kelly @ JAX Decor & Design

I found four of these chairs for sale, $100 or best offer. They’re apparently solid wood and sturdy, but the seats need to be replaced:

chair 2

I’ve never refinished furniture before, and I don’t really have a need for four of these chairs. But I love the circles on the back, and I’m feeling inspired to take a shot at reviving them after seeing these projects…

These two during-and-afters are from A Beach Cottage:

Beach cottage 1abeach cottage 1


Beach cottage 2abeach cottage 2   

From This Young House

TYH before chairTYH after chair

And from Pure Style Home

PureStyle beforePure Style after 

So what do you think… would you rescue the chairs? What colour would you finish them? Any ideas on how to replace the seats?



janet said...

kelly i could totally see those chairs painted in an antique white and to top off that, a fabric in a fresh soft color palette with a subtle pattern so it doesnt compete with the design on the back of the chair.

Karla said...

Absolutely! Those chairs are definitely worth rescuing! They're beautiful! Well....I'm sure they will *eventually* be beautiful! :) I think they would look great no matter what color you paint them - I think I would choose white though. And I recently saw a makeover on how to replace seats like that. Let me think about where it was. I'll get back to you...

~Karla @ It's The Little Things...

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

Personally I love the chair. I think they could look lovely in antique white or even more dramatic in black or red.

Unknown said...

I would love to see these chairs refinished in either the shellac or waxed finish they were originally done in to show off the timber.

qerat said...

I would rescue these chairs without even thinking about it.
I would not color them though, I would use a dark wood stain and an out of this world fabric.

Meg said...

I would rescue them, but the re-caning of the chair bottoms is where the difficulty is. I hope you get them and can't wait to see the finished product.

Christy said...

I would rescue them, paint them a bright royal blue or a bright turquoise, and have the seats redo in either a dark brown, black or white. Or in a bright and crazy pattern that matches the new paint color. Love the circles on the backs too.

Karla said...

Thanks, Kelly! I hope you had a good one too! :)

I will definitely let you know! I'm thinking it was maybe on one of my husband's wood working programs that I was watching with him. I'm waiting for him to land at the airport, so when I hear from him I'll ask him. This is going to bug me until I figure it out!! :)


Anonymous said...

You should totally refurbish them. There are so many things you can do to it. I'm thinking something dramatic like black lacquer with a cute print fabric on the seat. If you need inspiration, check out the before and after section of Design Sponge, like these chairs :


I love the first chair. I will definately rescue the chair. French polish and let the wood sing.

The back of the chair reminds me Barbara Barry signature desings and I think the SIGNATURE - PLATINUM fabric by Barbara Barry will be a stunning geometric that will mimic the back of the chair.

Anonymous said...

I adore these chairs..actually I have been on the hunt for some (fix up chairs with great shape..myself)
I would paint them a colored or black lacquer. You probably could replace cane with wood and cover it with foam and material.
Great fine!

Karla said...


No such luck :( My husband has no idea what I'm talking about and I cannot, for the life of me, remember where I saw the process. Sorry! I know it will come to me eventually....if only I knew when that was :)

~Karla @ It's The Little Things...

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