The original cane seats were long gone when my husband found these two Victorian cane chairs in an old barn at Holly Hill Farm.
A quick light sanding and stain, a new wood seat and a chair pad was the plan. *SIGH*
Let the sweat equity begin! White oil-based paint was revealed when I began to sand the first chair. After hours of laborious sanding, I rubbed two coats of golden oak stain followed by a clear coat on each chair.
George cut two plywood seats from wood we had.
Years ago (durig my rose phase 😉 ) I bought a roll of fabric at a “going out of business” sale. While not my favorite choice for this project, I was trying to be thrifty.
I stapled padding and the fabric to the new wood seats.
After a little research, I came to appreciate that these are handmade Victorian walnut cane seat chairs. There are no nail or screw holes – wood plugs hold them together. If you look hard, you can see minor differences in scale, measurement and placement on the chair spindle turns.
I think these little Victorian chairs will do nicely as sewing and desk chairs. What do you think?
Have a great day! – – Joanne