When MoS Washington posted about her $5 Craigslist chair, I couldn't believe her luck! She found such an amazing chair, and yes, it took a little elbow grease, but she was able to make it absolutely beautiful.
Her find inspired me to look for my own Craigslist chair. And hey, when I am up at 3am feeding the baby, I might as well do some surfing with Craig!
Enter a chair on Charlotte Craigslist, priced at $5, with this description: "In good condition, new hand-caned seat, but needs a new dial and some TLC." You never know what it means when something on CL needs "some TLC." And what on earth is a "dial" on a chair??? After racking my brain (and reading the description aloud) I finally realized that "dial" probably meant "dowel." That sounded like an easy fix. So I called the seller (and of course I referred to the "dial" on the phone so he wouldn't think I was a know-it-all and raise the price on me...) and decided that the 20 minute trip to get the chair would be worthwhile.
My husband went and picked up the chair for me. Yes, the dowel was technically the only broken part. What the seller hadn't mentioned was that he had begun stripping the chair, which had been painted several times, so it was covered in very thick streaks from whatever he used to strip it. Still, the caning job was absolutely perfect, so I decided it was worth a little effort.
I absolutely loved the lines of the chair. It looks like a Swedish style (to my untrained eye at least), and the caning on the seat is beautiful. My guess is that perhaps someone had taken a caning class and used this old chair to practice on? But I can never be sure...
My sweet husband went to Home Depot and had a dowel cut that fit just right. He sanded it and popped it in, secured with some Gorilla Glue.
As good as new! (you can see the streaks from where he had stripped the chair- the entire thing was like this).