Danish Modern Chair Restoration

minwax antique oil and part of the chair webbing

i know, i know. i need to write more often. there is nothing more boring than waiting for your favorite blogger to update her blog, right? ;-)

so…it’s about time i show you some before and after photos and diy tips on our furniture restorations. let’s start with the danish mid century modern wood chair that was my granny’s.

my granny and papa kept this beautiful chair out in their sun porch (i was recently told it was called a ‘three seasons’ porch), which was closed in against rain, snow and such but was not insulated. they always kept very, very good care of their furniture but after my papa passed away and my granny was no longer living in her house….her gorgeous furniture was wearing against the elements.

now, in my loving care – i have brought this chair back to life and intend on keeping it and taking excellent care of it. it also serves as a physical memory of my wonderful granny. i’m sure she would be happy to know that it is in good hands and is happily living its second life with me!

just a quick disclaimer: we are complete amateurs. this is not professional work. in fact, this was the very first project i started. (it just took a while to do because i was learning at the same time as doing. and the webbing.)

so let’s get started….here is the condition of the chair when i started:

Before i started any work (after dusting off all cobwebs!)

Before i started any work (after dusting off all cobwebs!)

i dissasembled the entire chair and cut off the dried out webbing and then carefully removed the old nails and remaining webbing.

all parts are ready to go!

all parts are ready to go!

then, part by part, i cleaned and de-gunked. the original rubber webbing dries out significantly over time and left dried cakey residue wherever it touched the wood. it took me a while to gently scrape and remove all of the residue.

You can see the residue and the difference in color of the wood

You can see the residue and the difference in color of the wood

after each part was cleaned carefully and de-gunked, i applied a good quality furniture oil. after that soaked in, with the helpful advice of my uncle, i used minwax antique oil finish to condition and seal the chair. after three coats it looked fabulous! i purchased new rubber webbing (made by the pirelli tire company!) at an upholstery store locally and used an electric staple gun to reattach.

when it was finished, i could hardly even believe it was the same chair!!

here are some more before and after, shown as side by side shots:

 

before and after of the seat webbing

before and after of the seat webbing

 

another view of the seat webbing

another view of the seat webbing

 

water stains and dried out wood before....smooth and beautiful after!

water stains and dried out wood before....smooth and beautiful after!

 

crusty webbing before....nice clean neat webbing after!

crusty webbing before....nice clean neat webbing after!

so all i need now is to find beautiful fabric that is reminiscent of the time period. then, i can try (emphasis is on try) to sew chair cushions.

stay tuned for more photos of our other projects….including the de-gunking and recovering project for our 50’s style dinette set.

wow. i love to make things look good again – – i never thought i would get such a kick out of it, but man…i could do this all day.

hmm….maybe someone will have a job for me?

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6 thoughts on “Danish Modern Chair Restoration

  1. sans map Post author

    do you need help re-webbing your old chair? advice? send me an e-mail, perhaps i can help!

    – – sansmap.contact [@] gmail (dot) com – –

    Reply
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