Fix A Rush Chair

3 Materials
30 Minutes

My rush seat was perfect, and then it wasn't.

At first I was miffed, but since I have repaired other kinds of chairs before with a simple DIY trick and gotten fabulous results, I decided to try again myself before I tossed this one.

One of the pieces on the chair had snapped and the seat was beginning to unravel. The shop wanted $200 to fix it (more than the chair cost) so I decided to try DIY.

The process wasn't complicated, but it was a bit tedious. What I did was flip the chair over to find the other end of the torn rush. I cut it and planned to use it as a patch on the top of the chair.

I cut it to size, I glued it in place and then took the loose rush pieces on the top of the chair and wrapped them around the new patch piece to make it look like it had been woven in.

I used a hot glue gun to secure the pieces in place and cleaned away any extra very gently with a razor blade.

The chair sits at my DIY farmhouse kitchen island. It's been back there in its repaired state for just about a year now and it's still perfect.

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  • Pam Silvers Pam Silvers on Oct 02, 2018

    The weaving on my rocker seems to be weathered and dry. Is there any way to rejuvenate it before it breaks apart? I'm worried if I oil it, the oil will come off onto my clothes.

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