For years I’ve been saving broken china. I even ask people at yard sales if they have any they are going to throw out.
I sorted it all into colour groups.
I picked up a little homemade table at a yard sale for under ten dollars. A two tiered round table or plant stand.
First I “shabby-chic”ed the dark brown finish with a white-wash of pale yellow. It was the only paint I had around and I’m too cheap to buy a whole can for such a little project.
Then I lightly sanded the paint off. Martha Stewart would love this.
Next I randomly glued down the broken china with white glue like WeldBond. I used petal ware and jadeite, a milky-green glassware, especially on this piece because it reminds me of my cottage. And of course, Scrabble tiles. Instead of pilfering your own game you can buy some from my Etsy shop here.
I let the glue dry for 24 hours. I coloured the tile grout with a squirt of pale yellow acrylic craft paint.
I was lucky to find the grout at a yard sale too! Unopened box for 2 bucks.
The groutwork is probably the most time-consuming part of this project.
The hardest part is wiping away the excess grout. Keep rinsing your cloth.
Today’s project was repairing a caned chair.
I can’t even remember where I picked this chair up, probably at a yard sale. Don’t ever pick up old chairs at yard sales unless you are prepared to fix it yourself. The cost of someone else doing this would be, yikes!
This chair had good structural integrity so I thought it was worth the time.
It is a sturdy wooden chair. Worth a little elbow grease. Especially if you actually know how to do a cane insert, which I do.
layer and layer of upholstery stuff
Now starts the hard part!
the old caning being removed
the ugly old mess
It’s imperative that you get the groove totally gauged out. All the residue has to go.
all ready to receive the insert
Sanded, stained, varnished top.
laying in the sheet of rewoven caning
trimming the excess reed
gluing in the spline
butted spline seam
Ever since I started to cane chairs over twenty years ago, this book has been my bible.
HAVE A SEAT!