How to attach the bottom to the chair or is it necessary?
Can you give me tips for making over this chair?
I found this chair sitting on the street after some neighbors moved out. It had a badly damaged rattan seat so I removed that and had a handyman cut this bottom for me. I'm going to sand it and then paint it. Not sure yet of the colors but I'l probably keep the background flat or satin black and paint the carved parts semi-gloss colors that pick up colors used in the room. I plan to make a cushioned bottom. Now that I'm about to embark on the task, I have questions. Two parts of the chair back don't quite touch the verticals. I assume just some strong pushing will remedy that, and maybe putting some glue on the part that inserts before the pushing? And what about the piece of wood that was cut for the bottom? I'm just noticing that all four corners weren't cut the same. Will that matter? Now to the covering of it. I'm assuming I have to cut the foam to match the corners. And what's the best kind of foam or batting or whatever to use so that it's cushy enough to be comfy to sit on? And the last question. When I put the fabric on the chair bottom, I guess in the corners I just tuck under, pull to fit, and staple or tack? Also, how should this bottom be attached to the chair or does it have to be? I don't think there would be a chance of it sliding away from the chair unless it's not picked up properly, but not when someone is sitting on it. Should I attach it with screws froH the bottom of the chair? Maybe two screws on each of the four sides? See photos below.
Front right corner of bottom piece of wood. See that it doesn't fit snugly to the chair.
Front left corner of bottom piece of wood. See that it doesn't fit snugly to the chair.
Back left corner of bottom piece of wood. See that it fits snugly to the chair.
Back right corner of bottom piece of wood. See that it fits partly snugly to the chair.
Left side here is a horizontal piece of the chair back. Doesn't go all the way into the vertical part of the chair back.
Right side here is a horizontal piece of the chair back. Doesn't go all the way into the vertical part of the chair back.
Piece of wood for the base of the chair bottom.
Detail of the chair back.