Refurbished Cane Back Barrel Chair ~ Part 3 of 3

Finally! The 3rd and final part of the refurbished cane back chair saga. In case you missed them, here’s Part 1 and Part 2.

Actually, before I laid one finger on this chair, I Google-d cane back barrel chair in a slew of different worded ways to see if I could find one like mine with broken cane. While there were a ton of cane back chair refurbishing posts, I couldn’t find one exactly like mine and most were in good shape and were updated with paint and/or a new cushion.

Then I found a post by Vintage Revivals on how she updated her broken cane back chair. My biggest hurdle was trying to figure out how I’d fill the groove I was about to create when I removed the cane spline and while I didn’t do exactly what she did, it helped out a great deal.

 

BASE


I’d found some burlap at a thrift store and since this is what was used originally, I thought I’d give it a go. I stapled it all around using our Harbor Freight stapler I spoke of here. Harbor Freight is definitely cheaper than Amazon but, this is the one we have.Refurbished Upholstered Cane Back Barrel Chair ~ ambientwares.com

I didn’t want to cover the entire bottom frame with fabric as it was before but, I did understand I needed something to cover the burlap. Even though this is not exactly how it was originally, this was my best solution. Of course, there are probably a ton of different ways it could’ve been done.

I measured across the front and the two sides (not the back), cut 3 strips of fabric, sewed them together so they met at the 2 front corners, and stapled close to the top edge. The back piece I did separately and in the same way.

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When I got to the end of each side where the back supports were, I folded the fabric in, then stapled.

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Once the three sides were attached, I slowly pulled the fabric upwards to reveal the correct side of the fabric. It was extremely snug.

Refurbished Upholstered Cane Back Barrel Chair ~ ambientwares.com

Then came the problem of the arms being in the way. I came up with the idea of cutting the fabric on either side of the arm and then I tucked and folded afterwards. I really needed 10 hands.Refurbished Upholstered Cane Back Barrel Chair ~ ambientwares.comRefurbished Upholstered Cane Back Barrel Chair ~ ambientwares.comI snipped off the excess hanging down leaving a little to be tucked back down into itself.

Refurbished Upholstered Cane Back Barrel Chair ~ ambientwares.com

I then stapled again once all the fabric was folded over the burlap.

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I put the cushion on just to see what it will look like when I find an issue. It doesn’t cover the staples and a little bit of the burlap is showing. I was extremely irritated with myself for cutting this part of the cushion off when I ran into the zipper problem in Part 2. I should have left this jutted out part and the one on the other side. I didn’t want to think about it just yet so I moved on.

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BACKING


Amazingly enough, I did have enough of the blue corduroy fabric to do the entire chair but, there were yellowish stains I hadn’t noticed before that wouldn’t come out. I’m guessing it was due to age and storage.

For the back of the chair, I used a piece of plain white fabric from my stash. I cut it larger than necessary and stapled it just inside the groove where the cane used to be. I definitely needed more hands so I enlisted the help of Joe (which I do all the time). One would hold the fabric tight while the other stapled. The fabric was then trimmed all around.

Refurbished Upholstered Cane Back Barrel Chair ~ ambientwares.com

Refurbished Upholstered Cane Back Barrel Chair ~ ambientwares.com

Refurbished Upholstered Cane Back Barrel Chair ~ ambientwares.com

I’m loving how the back piece looks.

Refurbished Upholstered Cane Back Barrel Chair ~ ambientwares.com

For the front piece of fabric, I decided to add yet another fabric to the mix. Why not? I found this one at a sale as well and I love it.

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The front piece was attached in the same way as the back.

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After trimming the excess, I hot glued piping I’d made using the same fabric. I squeezed some glue into the groove, pressed the piping in and repeated until the end.

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Back to the fact of the staples and burlap showing even when the cushion is in place. Here’s my response.

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I cut the pieces, stitched up the edges to give them a clean finish and hot glued those down. I’m hoping this doesn’t look flat out silly. I’d like to think of it as whimsical, fun, different, unique, etc. Then I worry I’m just fooling myself.

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Just look at how curvaceous she is.

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It’s easy for me to say now, how I would do a ton of things differently. Thing is, I’d never be able to say that had I not tried it at all or given up; which is so tempting to do sometimes. I’m pretty sure I could do another entire post on all of the wrongs I committed but, who’s got the time?!

I’m holding onto this chair and I plan on making another cushion that actually fits the shape of the base…in about 5 years or so. I learned an incredible amount and while I need a break from it, I’ll be back.

What have you been putting off due to a fear of uncharted territories?

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9 thoughts on “Refurbished Cane Back Barrel Chair ~ Part 3 of 3

  1. I have a chair similar to this one that I’ve been wanting to refinish for years. I’ve always been a little nervous to start though! Thank you for walking me through the process! And BTW, I was looking at your shop and saw you are from Peoria–I grew up just north of there in a small town. We always did our shopping in Peoria and I even lived there for a brief time.

    1. Hi Amanda! Small world, isn’t it? Now I have to ask, what town? I hope this post does help you when you take on your chair…because you should totally take on that chair!! 😉

  2. Your chair turned out so darling. I love that fabric on it. I’ve tried reupholstering pieces before, but you’ve done a very professional job of it.

  3. I read Part 2 and had to see how you figured out how to reupholster the chair. I am so impressed. The chair looks fabulous. Actually I like it so much better with the fabric than the cane. You did an excellent job.

  4. Hey Angie! You did fabulous! I would be intimidated to sew the piping on the cushion. I’ll remember this post if I have to attempt it. Did you know you can buy thick foam at Home Depot?

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