DIY Project – Restored Bentwood Chair

February 9, 2012 § 4 Comments

I have always admired authentic bentwood furniture, particularly the Thonet Bistro Chair. Widely renowned as a design classic, I’ve often seen beautifully (and not so beautifully) restored pieces in antique shops for ridiculous prices and have been searching for one to restore myself for a few months now. Yesterday I was lucky enough to come a cross a real gem at a secondhand furniture shop in Southport. As the chair was in quite a sorry condition I got it for $20 and wasted no time in getting to work.
This is the chair in the condition I bought it, it was a yellowy cream colour and once I started sanding it back I realised it had been a number of other colours before that!

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I removed the seat from the frame of the chair, sanded the paint back, washed and dried the chair thoroughly and spray painted it in Dulux Satin Gloss White.

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I had a piece of foam cut to the size of the seat and chose a neutral coloured, printed cotton drill to cover the cushion with.

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After reattaching the seat to the frame of the chair it was finished and I am very happy with the results!

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A custom restored, authentic bentwood piece for under $40! Now I just have to decide where to put this little beauty -C x

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