Thrifted and Reloved Cane Back Chair

April 25, 2016 13 Comments

Join me and my talented blogger friends as we all relove a thrifted item purchased for $30 or less!! I found a sweet caned back chair I could not leave the thrift store without...and gave it some new, updated life.

I think I have shared with you all, we are a family of five.  I feel we are quite blessed with the warm and cozy home we have.  It is at just under 1,500sq ft., and Adam and I have worked hard to carve out livable spaces for everyone as well as making our home feel cozy and warm.  But at just under 1,500sq. ft. there is not a lot of extra room to house my chair fetish. TMI? Am I the only one who sees a sweet chair at a thrift store and cannot say no?

Well, if I am so be it. Enter exhibit A:


What’s not to love??!!! At just $19.99 and having a 30% off coupon, who was I to say “no”??  She was in good condition, besides the stinky, valour fabric, I had to bring her home!

Adam came home that night and was shall we say curious as to what I had in mind for my sweet chair, but I was confident she was capable of a new life away from the stinky smells of forgotten Christmas wreaths, and old computer monitors.

The next day I was able to wrangle the ugly back cushion off, revealing a cane back in excellent condition!


I headed to the fabric store next with my two year old helper Cora, thinking I wanted to add a bit of a ‘pop’ to our family room where I had envisioned setting the new chair. I also picked up some of my favorite spray paint from @truevalue in black flat.  Their spray paint at $3.99 a can goes on super smooth and with the matte finish, hides a world of flaws often found in an older thrifted piece.


I gotten pretty adept at removing cushions from chairs, just a few twists of your screw driver, and a staple gun handy, you’re ready for an updated look!


I painted the chair, I recovered it, and set her proudly in the corner of our family room.  Adam could not believe the transformation.  Only problem, I decided I did not want THAT much of a “pop’ in our family room….back to the drawing board, and back to the fabric store.  This time without my two year old ‘helper’ so I could freely roam and decide absolutely what look I was going for!

I actually opted for a more neutral look, and this fabric had a bit of pull to it, so I knew upholstering this go around would be easier.


I actually just attached the new fabric to the old, and it added even more of a cushion to the otherwise sagging fabric.  I used upholstery tacks to attach the fabric to the arms, and I like what a finished look it gave.


Usually my staple gun and I do not get along, this day was no exception.  A quick trip to the fabric store (my 100th quick trip for this project…ugh!) and I bought a large package of these upholstery tacks.  They held the fabric in place well, were easier to apply upside down and they added a cool aesthetic.


The covered cushion turned out nicely and I like the feel of the fabric.

I decided not to attach a permanent cushion to the back and instead use a couple pillows I can swap  out for different looks and seasons.IMG_3256

I love the look of the chair now, I always did love it, but now it is not smelly and does not look like it is stuck in the sixties.


I realize it is only a matter of time until I find another chair to feed my addiction, and at this rate we will need to move to a bigger house to store my chairs, but alas I’ve yet to find a chair I cannot find a spot for!


Be sure to check out my talented friend’s relived thrifted finds too! You can find all of them on Instagram too, and see more of their decorating magic!


I'm the momma to three sweet peaches, and the blessed wife of one kind husband. My background is in art, and my B.A. Is in fine art. I like to use my house as my canvas, and love DIY projects around the house.


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    May 17, 2016

    Ugh…I just finished a project that took a gazillion trips to the store…no fun! So worth it though, your chair turned out fabulous and you can’t beat the price. FYI, I store my extra chairs in the attic, I might have a problem too, maybe there is a chairaholics anonymous club we could join lol!

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      May 18, 2016

      You’re my type of girl! The more chairs the merrier!! Thank you for your kind words!

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    April 29, 2016

    This is one of my favorite makeovers!!!! I love this chair

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      April 29, 2016

      Thank you so much!!

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    April 29, 2016

    I adore this chair! Totally nailed it! Now come do mine!! LOL

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      April 29, 2016

      You supply the coffee…and you’re on! Thank you!!

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    Ty Stewart

    April 26, 2016

    This turned out gorgeous my friend! I love the black with white fabric, timeless and beautiful!

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      April 29, 2016

      Thank tou so much Ty!! This was a fun group to work with!!

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    April 25, 2016

    wow, Kirsten! you nailed this project once again! You are amazing!!! I love it.