Ah, isn't it wonderful? I love how it turned out! Our original plan was to reuse the existing rattan back rods, but the scale was a little larger than we wanted, so we picked up a few thinner dowel rods from Home Depot.
To get started, David measured and cut the corners on the back, inverted them (taping them in place temporarily).
Glued and stapled in place. Next, we got started on the back. We measured and cut the dowel rods to fit.
To contour the edges, we used a Dremel with the sanding attachment, so that they would fit fairly flush.
We continued to measure, cut to fit and attach the dowel rods in place.
For the seat, we made a template out of paper, then traced on a piece of plywood, and cut out with the jigsaw. We attached the seat underneath, with two thin strips of plywood and screws.
To finish the frame, we applied wood filler to the seams, sanded and painted with Zinsser Cover Stain Primer and Rustoleum Enamel Satin. I like this combo for durability and a smooth finish. Satin is a great choice to hide any flaws.
I cut a new piece of 2" foam (about 1/2" - 1" larger than the plywood so the edges are smooth) and upholstered the seat in Caitlin Wilson's Mint Fleur Chinoise. LOVE all of Caitlin Wilson's fabrics!! I've used both the cotton canvas and linen cotton from her line and they are both a favorite to upholster with - they are a nice weight and easy to work with!
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I love love love how it turned out!!
I've passed by a few similar chairs at the thrift store, maybe you have too? Next time, think about what you can do to make them your own!