Hiya and thanks for joining us for week #4 of the Curb Appeal Blog Hop 2016!
Let’s do a quick recap. I’m participating in a 5-week mini challenge to transform the front porch of my home, together with the lovely Deb at Seeking Lavender Lane and a group of fun and talented bloggers! You can catch up on their work at the bottom of this post!
This week, I’m back with a tutorial for upcycling a metal frame chair by handweaving!
If you remember, I had a pair of faux-wicker rockers on my front porch that had seen better
days. Much. Better. Days. One day, upon taking a seat, and my hand pushing through the caning, it became apparent that there had been a bit of dry-rotting going on!
While talking on the phone one day, and being unable to have idyll hands for more than five minutes, I stripped the first chair right there on the porch. Then wondered what I was going to do with it! My husband voted for tossing them, but I wasn’t quite ready to party with them.
I fell madly in love with this chair from West Elm, but it was way out of my budget, and I already had two chairs – I felt terrible just throwing them out when the frame was perfectly fine. So, I came up with another idea!
I found a great tutorial on Lonny.com on how to restring a chair, Knit-wit style! Although the chair was nothing like mine, it did set me down the right path for restringing my own rockers.
If you’d like to re-string your own rocker, this is the place to be!
What you’ll need:
– A wire frame rocking chair – Scissors or an Exacto knife – One roll of hemp cord and two rolls of macrame cord
– Gardening gloves (recommended, not essential)
What you’ll need to do:
1. Remove the existing caning or strapping using scissors and an Exacto knife. I was so surprised to find scotch tape was the only thing holding the canes on my chair – shocking! In my case, I also painted the frames in black.
2. Tie the end of one ball of cord to the bottom center of the back portion of the chair with a secure knot.
3. Run the cord to the top rail of the chair and wrap around four-and-a-half times, then run the cord back to the center rail and wrap around two times. Be sure to tuck the tail of your initial knot into the loops of the center rail for a clean finish.
4. Continue this pattern until you’ve covered the center section of the chair, first working from the center to the right, then working from the left to the center. Tie the end of the cord in a loose knot.
5. Repeat steps 2-5 on all remaining sections, alternating the color if desired. If your chair has a curve at the top, you’ll need to knot the top sections to the bar to keep them from sliding down. Space the sections the same as above – four wraps on the top to two at the bottom.
6. Evenly arrange the ropes and pull strongly in the same sequence that you wound until they are very tight, using the gardening gloves if necessary.
7. Starting on the lowest section on either the left or right and using an alternating color to the one used to string the center, tie the end of the string to the bottom left corner of the back portion of the chair, fitting the string between the weaving. Run the string from bottom to top, diagonally, weaving in and out as you move upward.
8. Wrapping the cord around approximately two inches lower, reverse the direction of the weave back down towards the left corner, tying off about two inches from the initial knot. Start another knot two inches to the right and repeat. You’ll want four rows of weaving in one direction.
9. Repeat steps 9 and 10 on the right side of the center, then again for any remaining sections.
10. For a clean finished look, tightly wrap any vertical bars in cord. This will also help to secure the lines dropped on your side sections.
11. Add a pillow, put your chair in it’s home, then take your chair for a test drive.
So glad to have these crossed off the list and so happy to have a comfy – and pretty – spot to sit in!
Here is our To-do list and what we’ve completed so far:
Paint the shutters
Paint the door
Add thicker molding to doorframe
Paint garden stool
Add and plant planter boxes
Create house number plaque
Want to see our progress over the past few weeks? I’ve got you covered.