Can You Cover Back Of Chipendale Chair – Last May, I shared with you one of my most amazing thrift store finds, the 7 Rattan Chinese Chippendale Chair. (I wrote about it here in case you missed it.) I paid $39.95 for the whole set and then couldn’t muster up the labor on them, so they sat on my lanai for the next 3 months. You see, they were made of cane material and the cane cover was either missing or in very poor condition on many of the joints. I stopped fixing them out of fear. I wasn’t happy with the work I did on the Greek Key dining chairs last year, so I dreaded the idea of gluing and painting the wraps myself.
Found a chair at a thrift store. They were neither given nor charged!
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I finally decided to deal with them in mid-August, just before I moved into my new apartment. First, Tom washes them in a tub of bleach and water to remove all the dirt. The chair looked like the previous owner had left it for a few years, so it needed a good cleaning. I didn’t want to paint dirt and cobwebs if I could help it.
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I decided not to weed them. It must have been a risky decision, but after studying the wood and original paint, I thought sanding wouldn’t make a difference. Plain wood is not recommended to be sanded, but rattan furniture is a little different and I’ve found that if you use a good spray paint, you don’t need to sand it.
Then I started fixing the rod mount. Most standard cane ties have a 1/4 inch tie. (Be sure to measure it just to be safe.) I didn’t want to waste money and order too much, so I decided to start with two 20-foot bundles that I ordered from Amazon. It’s really cheap and only $4.99 a box, so if I had more than I needed, I wouldn’t go out that much. Turns out I ordered almost exactly the right size. I had to repair 41 joints along the side of one seat. With 40 foot rods, I was able to fix 40 links and the sides of the seat. There isn’t a generation at all, I didn’t realize until I started drawing. I decided to paint it anyway, and now that the chair is painted I can’t say anything is missing. (I tell myself this, by the way.)
Here you can see some of the links I modified. It was definitely an exhausting process!
Many fixtures were already gone and many items were broken or badly damaged. I removed everything that was broken and damaged and left the good ones. I was almost ready to start the bracing when I realized I needed to soak the rods overnight first. It’s very easy to work with the stick and doesn’t crack when you try to bend it on a round surface. I put all the sugarcane in a large pot and filled it completely with water. After sitting in the water overnight, the rod became more flexible and was finally able to move on.
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Some of my chairs had original cane marks on them. This made it easy for me as I just followed the markers as a guide and made sure my stitches lined up with the other stitches. The joint wrap wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be…too time consuming. It took me 3 hours to do all the edits.
The first cane joints are secured with small staples. I couldn’t find a precision stapler (or precision staple gun) at Lowe’s, so I bought a Power Shot staple gun that can shoot nails. I used 5/8 inch brad nails and they worked like a charm. My only complaint was that it was hard to see where to nail, but that’s because the cane is so narrow and the main head so narrow. wide. The rod split a few times, but for most joints I only needed one rod to complete the rig. (You don’t need to nail to the beginning of the brace… just be sure to twist the rod to secure the ends. )
For the side of the seat that needed to be repaired, I cut individual strips instead of turning the long piece. I didn’t want to remove the seat completely, so I nailed both ends of each strip to the chair. It doesn’t look “perfect” but you never know because I make rugs.
After fixing all the fixings I finally got around to painting! I used White Rustoleum Universal Satin Paint and Primer in one spray coat. It worked really well, no drips, and I’m so glad I decided to use it instead of the Valspar Laquer spray paint I used on the Greek Key dining chairs. I applied 2 coats of paint to each chair and it took 12 cans to do the whole job.
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Here is the chair before painting next to the white painted chair. Just one coat made a huge difference!
I then applied 2 coats of Rustoleum Crystal Clear Enamel and wiped the chairs down with a rag between coats, leaving a slight residue when dry. It took 5 and a half boxes to make all 7 chairs. This material is amazing and creates a hard and shiny finish.
Such a change, right? I love them and am very happy with how they turned out.
They took a lot of time and effort, but the $39.95 plus paint and tie rods are well worth it. I’ll probably make pillows for them at some point in the future, but for now they’re working fine.
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A. Thomas Chippendale (1718-1779) was a London cabinetmaker and furniture designer whose best-selling book, The Gentlemen and Cabinetmakers’ Directory, contains designs that are still being made today. Your chair is a George III style English dining room side chair, a version of the Chippendale style. They appear to be made of mahogany and date from the late 19th century. At auction, you’ll sell the set for $1,200-$1,800. An English furniture store or dealer may charge $3,500 to $4,500 or more.
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Q. An old wooden horse toy I bought in the late 1990s at an antique store in Rockaway Beach, California. 20.5 inches long and 8 inches high at the head.
A. Ornaments and horse motifs carved on vines may be of Norwegian origin. Although you can’t be sure until you see it in person, it appears to be late 19th or early 20th century, and its size suggests it was used as a pram. The toy is similar in many ways to the carved nut that was culturally important in Norway and Denmark and is now a folk art collection. An ancestor of the ironing board, manga was first used by the Vikings, and the earliest dates back to 1440. Before the 1600s, mangals were simple.