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.