Thrifted Cane Wingback Chair Makeover

August 23, 2015

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Thrifting can be like Christmas, and this next find made we want to sing Fa-la-la-la-la! And, my gem of a find was only made better by the fact that there was two of them! A pair of lovely, though very outdated, cane, wingback chairs. So the obvious next step was, a Thrifted Cane Wingback Chair Makeover!

You gotta check out this amazing transformation! A beat up cane chair, thrifted online, ends up with a gorgeous two-tone chevron fabric and paint makeover! Thrifted Cane Wingback Chair Makeover by www.freshcrush.com

I found these beauties online from a wonderful lady that had them in her sunroom, where they had sat since the day SHE originally thrifted them… and just never got around to them. Her lack of space, was my gain. Now for the fun part — I decided to go with a lovely two-tone fabric choice, and keep the tufting on the chair back. (This post may contain affiliate links. This means, should you end up making a purchase, advertisers give me a small percentage of that sale, at absolutely NO EXTRA COST to you. Click here for full disclosures).

You gotta check out this amazing transformation! A beat up cane chair, thrifted online, ends up with a gorgeous two-tone chevron fabric and paint makeover! Thrifted Cane Wingback Chair Makeover by www.freshcrush.com

I’m not an experienced upholsterer, but looking at these chairs I knew they’d be beginner friendly. The wood frame would work to my advantage, as most of the fabric would lay down with hidden staples, from my trusty stapler! But first, let’s update that banged-up wood. It wasn’t the most desirable wood-tone, and it was pretty shabby… so paint it is!

You gotta check out this amazing transformation! A beat up cane chair, thrifted online, ends up with a gorgeous two-tone chevron fabric and paint makeover! Thrifted Cane Wingback Chair Makeover by www.freshcrush.com

I’ve been on a total high-contrast / black kick, this year, and I thought a slick black would be perfect. I used Rust-oleum spray paint to keep things easy (and it’s held up great!).

You gotta check out this amazing transformation! A beat up cane chair, thrifted online, ends up with a gorgeous two-tone chevron fabric and paint makeover! Thrifted Cane Wingback Chair Makeover by www.freshcrush.com

She was ready for fabric, after a few quick coats!

You gotta check out this amazing transformation! A beat up cane chair, thrifted online, ends up with a gorgeous two-tone chevron fabric and paint makeover! Thrifted Cane Wingback Chair Makeover by www.freshcrush.com

Once I got things ripped apart, I knew I could reuse everything inside. The banding, metal edging, the tufting twine, even the cotton balls the twine was tied to. Yay! This chair made things so easy, I could just follow everything backwards. It was like having a recipe to help with the project.

You gotta check out this amazing transformation! A beat up cane chair, thrifted online, ends up with a gorgeous two-tone chevron fabric and paint makeover! Thrifted Cane Wingback Chair Makeover by www.freshcrush.com

This be-au-ti-ful bit of tufting on the chair back was so simple. I cut a large rectangle of that gorgeous chevron fabric, and threaded my fabric covered buttons through, with a large needle and the twine, and I was DONE! Not a single stitch!

You gotta check out this amazing transformation! A beat up cane chair, thrifted online, ends up with a gorgeous two-tone chevron fabric and paint makeover! Thrifted Cane Wingback Chair Makeover by www.freshcrush.com

It was much the same for the seat. I decided against keeping the tufting there, instead I built up some cushion with extra fibre-fill, and then draped my seat fabric over top and began pushing it through the frame, to the bottom.

You gotta check out this amazing transformation! A beat up cane chair, thrifted online, ends up with a gorgeous two-tone chevron fabric and paint makeover! Thrifted Cane Wingback Chair Makeover by www.freshcrush.com

The front got a few pleats to handle the curvy front, and was stapled in place. This is the only place with exposed staples — easily hidden with some pretty black ribbon… you’ll see on the finished pics.

You gotta check out this amazing transformation! A beat up cane chair, thrifted online, ends up with a gorgeous two-tone chevron fabric and paint makeover! Thrifted Cane Wingback Chair Makeover by www.freshcrush.com

The seat fabric was pulled through, and stapled to the bottom of the seat frame.

You gotta check out this amazing transformation! A beat up cane chair, thrifted online, ends up with a gorgeous two-tone chevron fabric and paint makeover! Thrifted Cane Wingback Chair Makeover by www.freshcrush.com

Lastly, I was able to reuse (yay!!), the backing fibre piece — and get the backing fabric in place using the metal edging I mentioned earlier. It was a little tricky, but I searched youtube for some helpful vids (like this one) to get an idea of what I was doing, before diving in.

You gotta check out this amazing transformation! A beat up cane chair, thrifted online, ends up with a gorgeous two-tone chevron fabric and paint makeover! Thrifted Cane Wingback Chair Makeover by www.freshcrush.com

Not bad for my first time, ya? If I found these chairs again, I would snap them up. It was such a friendly project to attack if you know you have the patience for something like this, just not a lot of experience. I completed one chair in about two days.

You gotta check out this amazing transformation! A beat up cane chair, thrifted online, ends up with a gorgeous two-tone chevron fabric and paint makeover! Thrifted Cane Wingback Chair Makeover by www.freshcrush.com

And, there we have it. You can see the black ribbon, I mentioned above, to hide the staples that run along the bottom-front, seat of the chair.

You gotta check out this amazing transformation! A beat up cane chair, thrifted online, ends up with a gorgeous two-tone chevron fabric and paint makeover! Thrifted Cane Wingback Chair Makeover by www.freshcrush.com

Painting the caning black was, sooooo the right choice. I’m crazy for the light it lets through, and the contrast with my neutral white walls.

You gotta check out this amazing transformation! A beat up cane chair, thrifted online, ends up with a gorgeous two-tone chevron fabric and paint makeover! Thrifted Cane Wingback Chair Makeover by www.freshcrush.com

Not a bad investment. $75 per chair + the cost of fabric. Now, to get to that second chair! Once she’s done I think these babies will look great flanking the fireplace. But, alas, a busy Summer has put that dream on hold for just a little longer. I’ll aim to get them done before Christmas, ha ha!

You gotta check out this amazing transformation! A beat up cane chair, thrifted online, ends up with a gorgeous two-tone chevron fabric and paint makeover! Thrifted Cane Wingback Chair Makeover by www.freshcrush.com

Should we take one last look before we go? Don’t get dizzy — Happy Monday, friends!!

You gotta check out this amazing transformation! A beat up cane chair, thrifted online, ends up with a gorgeous two-tone chevron fabric and paint makeover! Thrifted Cane Wingback Chair Makeover by www.freshcrush.com

16 thoughts on “Thrifted Cane Wingback Chair Makeover

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  4. Ariel

    OMG LOVE! We thrifted a canned sitting room set, but luckily all the upholstery was in good shape.
    You did a great job, and I love the fabric. Can you share your thrifting source ;)

    Great job!

    Reply
  5. Sandra Francis

    I love the look. I have those same chairs and wanted to redo them myself but, it seemed like it would be too much work. Now I think I will try.

    Reply
  6. Jessica

    Jen, this turned out great! Your tutorial is so simple to follow…I love an easy DIY. I like the high contrast look and how you purposefully did not match the patterns. The chair looks plush and relaxing. Great DIY….Love the video at the end.

    Reply
  7. chris aka monkey

    wow you did a great job i love those chairs and i can’t remember if i told you how much i love your new pic of you too xx

    Reply

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