Por Fin!

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At last! I have had this chair for years. I found it, kicked to the curb in a neighborhood in LA. I moved it cross-country because it was begging to be refinished, revived, and loved once again. Granted, I’m no expert at properly restoring antique furniture, but I find that one of the reasons many things don’t get reused is because people get bogged down with the details. My philosophy when it comes to things like this is; just have fun and get it done!

I started by cleaning the wood with a damp rag and sanding it down.

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I’m sure what type of wood this is made of, but it’s very dense and still in great shape. Some of the joints needed to be glued and screwed together.

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I do love to have two drills working at once, that way you don’t have to mess with changing out bits.

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The orignal seat was woven cane. It would have taken too much time to redo, so I just cut a small panel of veneered MDF for the seat. (The MDF was from a failed piece of Ikea furniture… go figure.) I love my table saw, but for smaller projects, a straight edge and a jig saw are all you need.

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Covering a seat panel is just about one of the easiest, most rewarding things you can DIY.

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I chose a light grey paint (because it was the best one in the Oops! section at the hardware store) and paired it with a neutral linen fabric. Classy and a little boring? Unfortunately, I believe the answer is, yes.

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My toughest critics agree…

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