Every once in a while, a steal of a deal disappoints. Such is the case with a $99, 3 piece patio set, we purchased a couple summers ago. The table is still standing, but as you can see, the chairs have not quite held up. They had an imitation wicker effect, but in reality, it was cheap and plastic. But, the frames are welded metal, and I knew they could have a second life…
First, I used a exact-o knife to remove the remaining seat covering…
… and was left with the frame.
Next after much research, I decided to do a woven seat cover (which will later be covered with a cushion). There are many options out there. I decided after coming across the directions for using shaker tape, that I would go that route. But it turns out, in my neck of the woods, it’s next to impossible to find. So I used the next best thing. I found a polyester canvas strapping at my local fabric store. (It reminds me of the canvas-like material used in tie-downs — to help give you an idea).
Using the shaker tape instructions as a guide… I started weaving the material over my chair frame. I made the first loop and secured it with a few staples so I could continue weaving without worrying about it shifting around.
I started with the width of my chair as both sides were straight and easy to work with (The back edge of my chair frame has a curve, which made it tricky to begin with). I kept going under, over, until the seat was fully covered.
Then without making any cuts to the strapping, I went under and wrapped it around to the front so I could begin weaving the depth of the chair. Remember those days in grade school when you’d make construction paper baskets? Well, time to put those skills to good use. Under and over until you reach the end of the chair kids!
Once done, I snipped the strapping, and stapled it from underneath, onto itself.
The back of the seat needs a little less support, so I decided to do 2 widths of strapping in each direction as seen below.
I pre-made a seat-back cushion out of simple oatmeal coloured linen, and added some velcro to it, and to the strapping on the back of the chair to hold the cushion in place.
I found seat cushions and throw pillows on sale at Pier 1. Good sales, people! Check it out if you get a chance!
And, voilà! I’m so happy this worked out, and I was able to keep these chair frames out of the landfill! I’ve got the perfect spot for these two new beauties… (remember that whole basement / home gym re-do?) but it will have to wait until the paint goes up!
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