Hey guys! You might remember this chair from last week’s post on new junk finds. The chair is all fixed up now….almost better than new.
I spotted it at my favorite junk shop and for only $7 I had to have it. No, it wasn’t a bargain. I knew we could replace the missing slat but I had no idea we would be able to match the other slats so closely. I thought I would have to rough up a piece of wood and mix paint numerous times to make it work. No.
How we replaced the missing wood slat.
As sometimes happens I didn’t get a photo of the JTS cutting the new slat for me. I went out of town for a couple of days, but before I left town I found a reclaimed board in my stash to work with. The wood is actually a fence slat from Florida. At one time I had a bunch of the fence boards. We lived in Florida from 2006-2009 and in the mornings after the JTS went off to work I would drive up and down neighborhood streets looking for curb side goodies. Homeowners put trash on the curb waiting for the city to pick it up. I’m sure the homeowners didn’t mind that it was reclaimed by me instead of filling up a landfill. I might also mention there were lots and lots of fence boards piled on curbs because a hurricane Katrina blew through the area the year before.
I asked the JTS to wait until I was home to replace the slat…but he didn’t. He gets a little carried away some time. Got to love him.
The wood looked pretty good but it did stand out just a bit and the raw cut edge shining in the front wasn’t working for me.
I did an overall cleanup on the chair and used my old standby, Howard’s Wax in Golden Oak, to shine it up. I thought the wax would add enough color to the cut edge but it didn’t.
How I painted the new slat to match the others.
Next I mixed paint to match the original (worn now) finish. I first mixed brown and a reddish color and that didn’t work. I pulled two more colors from the paint wagon and added them to the mix.
The color was almost perfect. I painted it on and immediately wiped it down with a rag which helped to press the paint into the wood and also muddied it up enough to blend with the other slats.
I’m surprised how well the slat matches. In the photo it is the third slat from the front. I liked the overall worn look of the chair so didn’t want to cover all the scratches and imperfections in the finish.
The chair has a slight rounding of the slats on the back. That’s what makes the chair special. In some of the photos it’s hard to see the rounding in the back.
What do you guys think about the project. You know, you don’t have to have a large stash of junk stuff to make repairs on projects. I could have used new wood to repair the chair and painted it like I did the reclaimed wood slat. I just got lucky with the fence wood.
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Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com