Refurbished farmhouse wooden folding chairs

I thought I would share a couple of chairs that recently got a makeover.
I fell in love with these chairs as soon as I saw them.
Not because they were amazing or anything, but because they were unique.

I found these last summer at a sale & I think I zoned in on them, paid for them & had them in the car before I even took the time to look at anything else that was there.

These are just a bit smaller than the normal metal folding chairs we’re used to today.
But I liked the shape, I liked that they were fabricated from wood & I liked that they were slightly different from each other.

I took the seats off, which just slid out once a few small screws were removed.
Of course, the first chair was a breeze, but the second one had to be difficult.

After some minor repairs, wood filler & a good sanding & they were ready to be painted.

I whipped up some homemade chalk paint because I was out of my Cece, and gave each chair two solid coats.

Sanded them down, used some basic stencils to apply the numbers to the chair backs and moved on to the seats.

After removing the old leather & foam; I used a couple of old grain sacks I had lying around to cover the wooden seat base.

Some new foam, new batting & for some reason I can’t locate the pictures I took of the process.
Since the burlap sack is fairly see-through, I took some neutral colored linen fabric & placed it under the grain sack to give it a sturdier finish & prevent seeing the batting.
Simply stapled it around the underside to finish them off.

I mentioned I had a hard time removing one of the seats from the chair itself…. well, that one refused to go back in at all once recovered & the other one wanted to go in rough.
To prevent ruining the new covers, I got the Dremel out & routed out the grooves.

I used a low grit sanding bit to open AND smooth out the grooves.
I got the recovered seats to slide in nice & smooth after that.

I love these sacks! Unfortunately, I only have one left so it’s time to find some more.

I gave both chairs a coat of Cece clear wax & buffed them to a nice finish.

They remind me of something I would have found on my Grandparents porch.

I almost didn’t distress these, but I’m glad I did.

I don’t do a lot of chairs because the tediousness of them drives me a little batty with all their spindles & legs & intricate parts, but I liked these.

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