Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Lloyd Loom Type Chair

Here is a Lloyd Loom type chair that the sheet of woven material has broken down over the years. The plan is to replace the entire back/sides with a new piece of woven material.Besides the obvious damage, the material is all dried out and brittle to the touch.

Finished Lloyd Loom Chair

Here is the Lloyd Loom chair with the back replaced with new woven material. This contains the wire core spokes running up & down which the origional weaving material did not have. This probably helped in its break down over the years. now just needs sealing and a fresh coat of green!

Shaker Tape Chairs

Here is one of four Shaker Tape chairs that need replacement. The owners liked the two-tone look of the tape but wanted a change and get rid of the cloth and crumbling foam core under the cloth.

Flat Reed "Shaker Tape"

Here is the finished seat done with regular flat reed and smoked flat reed to give a two-tone effect like the origional shaker tape had. One of four done.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Painted Willow Chair

This painted willow chair has 2 coats of paint, topcoat is white with black under that. The object was to remove the paint and finish it as close to the factory finish as possable. Willow, like reed, furniture can be stripped but very carefully. Then we repaired many broken spokes in the back and repaired the supports in the seat and also 2 of the Ball Feet.

Willow Chair Finished

Here is the willow chair finished. After stripping off the 2 coats of paint, we applied a stain very close to the origional color of the piece to cover any areas where the origional color was faded or worn, then a few coats on an exterior clear finish and it's ready for the screened porch.

French or Blind Caning

This is the back of one of a set of chairs with "French" or "Blind" cane. The holes in the wooden back frame do not go through like on the seat. Instead, they are drilled only halfway and each strand on cane is put in individualy using pegs to hold them in place till the weaving is finished.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Wicker Rocker Needs New Back

This rocker needs new spokes and the top section is a mess. Someone tried to repair by splicing pieces of reed where the spokes were missing, didn't work long. The rest of the rocker is in very good condition.

Wicker Rocker With Repaired Back

Here is the rocker with the new back in place. As you can see, we replaced all of the back including the spokes running from the seat back up to the top. This was done with wire core fibre and regular fibre blending the new into the old. Just needs painting!

Childs Wicker Rocker

Back post area of seat broken. The front post was snapped off flush with the seat and missing a few pieces of round reed.

Childs Rocker

Here is the rocker with the arm repaired and new reed in the missing spots also new paint.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Customer Response fo Chair Below

Here is the e-mail we received from our customer for the chair right below;

You did a beautiful job on my great grandparents'
wicker chair. Thank you so much for taking the time
to blend together the colors so well. I know the
chair and it is hard to tell where the old ends and
the new begins. I was worried about it coming out
looking too new - but it is perfect. It is my old
chair - only better! I was so afraid I would have to
throw it out - it was slowly falling apart...Now I
know we can love and cherish it for years to come.

Thanks too for the great job on the cane seat. I love
it when old furniture gets a new lease on life!

If I find or buy any furniture in need of help I will
be sure to call on you again.

Thanks so much,

Mia Canestrari


Friday, August 31, 2007

Dyed Fibre Wicker Chair

Here is the finished chiar shown below. The fibre was dyed to match the old remaining finish then the whole chair was clearcoated for added protection without making it appear "new".

Dyed Fibre Wicker Chair

This chair is dyed fibre in several colors. Must of the repair was around the cushion area where spokes were missing or broken. Both sides of the arms were missing braid.Picture shows repairs in place using wirecore fibre in the cushion area.

Childs Wicker Rocker

This childs rocker suffered serious damage. Broken frame pieces, missing spokes on the arm and very old and flaking paint.

Childs Wicker Rocker

Here is the repaired chair with a new paint job.

Rocker and Chair

These 2 items go with the sofa below. Both needed repairs, springs retied, new covers and upholstery and a fresh coat of paint.


This is the finished sofa shown below with new upholstery on the back, new covers on the cushions and a fresh coat of paint of the customers choice

Sofa Before Restoration

This sofa was one of several pieces. The sofa needed repair, new upholstery, springs retied with new covering and repainting

Wicker Sofa

This sofa matrches the 2 chairs in the other post. Fibre wicker, the back was pushed out and broken because of frame damage. The frame was repaired, damage rewoven using wire core fibre and colored to match.

Wicker Armchairs

These 2 chairs are part of a set,the sofa posted above. They had a dark but unpainted finish. Both chairs needed repair at the arms and some new braiding.

Hitchcock Childs Chair

This old chair had a natural rush seat and was replaced using a seagrass which looks alot like the rush.

Old Splint Porch Set

Here is a porch set with new, stained splint. The back piece is a porch swing, front left a rocker, front right a chair. Woven with flat reed, stained to give an old look and clearcoated for protection.