Black Cane Back Chairs

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I'm seeing quite a bit of these, and they look pretty good! Have you seen the prices for them?? Wayfair had black cane dining chairs for over $400 per chair!! Not happening.

So, in need of new staging items, I decided to give it a try.

These chairs I had from a previous project, left over were 4.

First things first, I got rid of the two top pieces that seemed to date it.

I really did not want to mess with replacing the cane to get that natural look that most like so first I tried to strip the stain off. Not fun.

This was the end result after 3 different stripers and sanding.

Next thought? Why don't I try paint. So off to Lowe's to try and find the closest thing to "natural". I got two samples, couldn't decide which one in the store. Since it was such a small area, I was able to get the sample size paints.

I used both on two chairs, let it dry, and then sent everyone I knew a side by side pic to help me decide!

One coat in and it was looking pretty good. When painting cane, you have to look closely at it once done, it's very easy to get lots of drips.

In hindsight, I should've just used tan spray paint.....

But anyway, moving on!

So in removing the thingies at the top, there were big holes left so I used epoxy wood filler.

If you haven't used this before, it's pretty neat. You cut a piece off, unwrap it and then kneed it together. Once all the same color, you fill the hole and let dry.

Once dry you just sand it down till smooth.

Using left over cabinet paint, I gave all four chairs two coats after scuff sanding each chair and wiping it down.

Not bad? On to the cushion. After taking forever in the fabric store, I finally decided on two different looks. Once back home and against the chair, I realized one was horrible so thankfully, I liked the other.

Out of laziness and lack of patience, I didn't remove the old fabric, I just stapled on the new over it (how to in my other posts).

This is the finished product. I think they are good enough to use!

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