I refinished this chair for my mom for Christmas last year. I thought it would be a useful one to repost, since I see chairs like this at the thrift store ALL the time.
Here's the before.
Love the lines! Everything else, not so much.
The caning in the back was pretty damaged - which was okay with me, because I don't really love caning, anyway.
I sanded her down and painted her heirloom white.
Then I cut her caning out.
She sat like this...backless...in the basement for a few weeks. I couldn't quite figure out how I was going to put a new back in. I began to wonder if I had screwed things up royally. Why didn't I just upholster the caning???
Oh, right...because it wasn't really structurally sound.
(But seriously? If your caning IS structurally sound, I would just upholster that. Because what comes next would be a very unnecessary step if you didn't absolutely need to do it.)
Then I remembered my new crafting best friend, hardboard.
Hubby cut some out in the right shape for me.
I wrapped it in a double layer of quilt batting and the fabric I had chosen (staple gunned it all on) and screwed the hardboard into the chair frame.
Then I took a piece of 1 inch foam and cut it to shape. I wrapped it in batting, too, then I used spray adhesive to attach the cushion to the hardboard.
I used the staple gun again to cover the cushion with fabric.
Then I covered the seams with a braided trim.
And here she is - totally revamped and gorgeous!