Thursday, March 12, 2015

Refinishing Tiny Chairs for a New Tiny Horton

I've been in the Military for over fifteen years at this point. As any old Soldier can tell you, that much time in the service can see you accidentally stockpiling a lot of old equipment and uniforms you don't need, but can't seem to throw away.

Beth and I found these tiny old chairs at St. Mary's Antique Mall, and decided to pick them up and maybe do a little rehabilitation.

The Army changed uniforms around 2005. I joined in 2000, so I had a bunch of the old green mottled uniforms laying around. I unstitched a pair of pants and cut them into strips. [Note from Beth: I was trying to think of a way to redo the seats for free, since the price we paid for the chairs was a bit more than a "bargain". I thought of denim first, but as it happened, we had just taken 2 garbage bags worth of old pants to Goodwill.]

Hector being a good helper
 As you can see in the first photo, the seat was made by burlap woven back and forth. We figured that would be good enough for the new seats.

The weaving was fairly easy. First, I tied the lateral one inch strips in and put the knots on the bottom. Then just weaved in the cross strips and tied them on. For one chair I tied them at the bottom with the lateral strips, and the other I tied them at the back of the chair. Both gave pretty much the same results: A chair to sit on.

I'm really happy with the results. If I did it again, I'd refinish the chair frame first, but since this will be for a kid, I expect it's going to get pretty banged up over the course of the years!

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