Chair done!

My cane chair after spray painted and cushion made

You’ll remember my office chair and the long process to get it redone. Some of you mentioned the original looked way too shabby to be chic.


My cane chair before getting a makeover

My cane chair before getting a makeover

The Inspiration:

Carla Lane cane chair in gloss black and upholstered and monogrammed seat

Carla Lane cane chair in gloss black and upholstered and monogrammed seat, via Carla Lane Interiors


1. A quick wipe with a fine grit sandpaper.
2. Spray painted the entire chair gloss black.
3. Beg mother in law to sew up a chair pad using the funky black and white stripey fabric I thrifted a few weeks ago.


My cane chair after spray painted and cushion made

My cane chair after spray painted and cushion made!

Thanks to Mum In Law for slaving over the cushion pad for 4 hours!

27 June 2008



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    1 July 2008

    You have such a wonderful Mother In Law! And so handy too! :o) Looks totally different. -addie

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    2 July 2008

    that chair is AWESOME!

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    la la Lovely

    2 July 2008

    the chair looks fabulous… did you spray paint it?LOVE it!

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    3 July 2008

    Great job Drey!! It’s a completely different piece.

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    3 July 2008

    thanks everyone :)i love it, although i keep looking for something higher since the height of the seat is not at the best for the desk… tho, of course i love love love it :)

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    j u s t i m a g i n e

    5 July 2008

    How fabulous….it’s my mission to find a chair to do th same !!!Just gorgeous !

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    7 July 2008

    looks fantastic! love the zebra print fabric you chose :o)

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    8 July 2008

    wow…that is one of the greatest chair redos ever!

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    11 July 2008

    thanks guys :) i love it. can’t wait to do another one!!!

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    Jennifer Ramos

    29 July 2008

    i DID a chair similar to this….except in white. GREAT JOB and much better im sure!! Jen Ramos'100% Recycled DESIGNER Cards & More'

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    30 July 2008

    hi jen! thanks for leaving comment! i love my chair… but it’s rather weak and old and been through enough hard knocks. it won’t last for much longer…. maybe another 1-2 years if that!but i got more plans for its afterlife :) what does yours look like!???

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    14 August 2008

    I think the cane should be white. That way the zebra print seat would be more balanced.Besides my knowitallism totally nice chair!


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