Last fall, while thrifting, I came across this chair for $3... three dollars.... 3 BUCKS! I couldn't pass it up. Reluctantly, Ben agreed to let me buy it, but he thought it was another hare-brained idea of mine. Admittedly, I have had a few.
All winter, Ben kept reminding me about the "piece of junk chair" sitting in his garage. So as soon as we were blessed with a 50-degree day, I got to work.
OK, actually it was $2.99.
First, I removed the old caning, which was sagging and torn at one corner. This was the hardest part of the entire project. I used my screwdriver to pry the caning away from the frame.
After an hour or so of work, it was all clean. I then measured the seat base. Ben cut a piece of 1/2" plywood to my seat dimensions to cover the gaping hole and provide a base for the cushion.
I then spray-painted a coat of primer and numerous coats of black. The wood was old and dry, so it took a number of coats (probably 3 or 4) before it was evenly and thoroughly covered. I bought the cheap flat black spray paint at Home Depot for $.99 each, and the primer we already had.
I bought this foam sheet at Jo-Ann's with a 40% off coupon. I think I paid about $3.50. Using my wood base as a guide, I cut the foam to size. I also beveled the edge of the foam.
I bought this snow cover blanket from the clearance section for $2.97. It is 100% polyester, which is incidentally, the same as quilt batting, only gads cheaper. The only difference that I can tell is that the snow blanket has little sparkles weaved into the material. I only used about 1/5 of the package.
Here is a side-by-side of the snow blanket (left) and low-loft quilt batting (right). The batting was thinner, but otherwise identical.
Layering my fabric face down, then two sheets of snow/batting, beveled foam, wooden base, I pulled it tightly to the back and stapled it down using a staple gun.
I turned it over after a few anchoring staples to make sure the fabric was positioned squarely. This upholstery fabric was also a clearance bin find at Jo-Ann's for $4.50. I used about half of it for this project.
To finish the corners, I made a pleat by pinching the excess fabric down in the middle. I stapled the middle down first, then crossed each side over the middle, pulling it as tight as possible before stapling. I kept pulling it tight and stapling down on the bottom side until it was uniformly taut.
Ben helped me anchor the seat to the chair frame with L-brackets. We only used four, but it seems plenty secure.
I love how well it matches the piano stand Ben made for me last year.
Another benefit is that I don't have to drag a chair from our kitchen table in order to practice, and we now have enough chairs to accommodate two guests for dinner!
Total Project Cost: approximately $15