I have a confession. I have a special affection for this beat up, old ladder back chair that I have had for many years. I found it in an old shop in Richmond way back in the late 90’s.
Shortly after I bought this chair, I adopted the love of my life, my dog Payne. Payne and I lived in a few different apartments together before I got married, and this chair was always around. Other furniture pieces came and went, but this chair moved around with us. It was well used and even has places on legs where he chewed on it as a puppy.
Well, Payne passed away at the sweet old age of 14 1/2 and this chair is one of the things that reminds me of our days together. It’s priceless to me and I always find a place to put it.
It’s not much, it’s certainly not fancy , and over the years my cat Macy has also had her way with the original woven seat.
It wasn’t looking good and was in desperate need of an update.
(photos of cat damage)
So, I went ahead and gave it a simple face lift.
Using a grain sack style tea towel for fabric and some batting I had in the attic, I gave it a 5 minute no-sew makeover.
Here’s what I did:
First, I removed the seat and covered it with 2 layers of batting that I stapled on with a staple gun (yes Rori, I know how to use a staple gun).
Then I lined up my towel so that it was as straight as I could get it. Pulling it nice and tight, I stapled it across the top, bottom and sides.
5 minutes later it looked 100% better and the seat no longer has to be hidden.
I’m thinking this summer it would be fun to cover the seat with a fun floral print and maybe even touch it up with some colored paint. In any case, I’m happy to still have it and I will continue to see the sentimental value that it holds.