After my purchase we skillfully squeezed it into my back seat (transportation was an after thought) and off we drove with my new treasure. My girlfriend Ashley and I got about 3 blocks when we noticed a faint Cat Pee smell. The smell grew to a stench as we drove ... all windows down ... the few more miles back to the house. (no wonder it was only five bucks) I quickly pulled it out of my car and asses the damage ... If I was going to do this I would have to strip the chair entirely!!!
- Original Chair $5
- Staples & Furniture Tacks $8
- Jute Webbing & Batting $20
- Gray Suede (Clearance) $14
Project Time: about 30 hours
Luckily my boyfriend was out of town so i could make a mess in our back yard pulling all the minute and rusted upholstery tacks out and (while wearing a mask) rip off covering 1 to find red floral print underneath, and then a layer of advertising burlap under that, then rotten padding. Off it all came. Pliers, Hammer, Screw Driver, Safety Goggles and Mask required! Tip: Put down a tarp when disassembling, it made clean up of all the rusty nails easy, don't want those lying around.
Once I was down to the wood (real wood!) i was lucky that the original varnish was the only thing there and I didn't have to strip off paint. I took a foam sanding block and smoothed out some of the dinks. You could use wood filler and some time to get perfect surfaces if desired.
Using 2 cans of Satin finish Black spray paint I covered the necessary areas. To paint in the garage I swept and laid out an old sheet. Pick a day with no wind or find a wind block, otherwise small bits of dust and what not will end up blowing into your wet paint. I completed 2 coats, lightly sanding in between.
Also: I apologize for a minimum of detailed construction images. This too was an older project i documented but wanted to share it. Please leave comments about what you would like to see during the making of items.