This little project to refurbish wicker bistro chairs turned out to be not so little after all. I thought it would be a relatively simple task to remove the wicker and replace the seat. Ha, silly me.
The original wicker was cracked and broken in numerous places.
You would think that broken wicker would mean easy-to-cut-and-remove wicker. Nope. It took a couple of hours to snip, yank, unwind, snip, yank, unwind… well, you get the picture. Oh, and repeat for chair number two. Insert countless sneezes here.
Rust reared its ugly old head, too. Which meant lots of sanding with an electric palm sander to remove the loose stuff.
After cleaning, I primed with Rust-Oleum’s rusty metal primer, then sprayed with flat black. Don’t you think it’s weird that the rusty metal primer looks like rusty metal?
Now what to do about that seat. Just so you know, I don’t plan things out in advance. I take it one step at a time, then figure out what to do next when I get to that step. Not the best way to do things, but it works for me. Usually.
Sooo, I measured the seat diameter, then drew a circle on my computer and printed it out. I tried to trace the seat onto paper, but it was hard to draw along the rounded edge. I placed the pattern on the seat and cut out the notches in the back.
I used my rotozip to cut the plywood. Ignore the less than smooth edges- they’ll be covered soon, very soon.
I traced the wood pieces onto foam seat padding, cut out the foam, and covered with outdoor fabric.
Times two, remember?
How did I attach the seats? Um, I haven’t figured out that step yet….
Updated to Add:
MacGyver Richard fashioned some metal clips to clip to the seat frame and screw into the wood seat. My hero. ♥
Do you have your projects planned out before you start, or do you wing it?