Restoring a vintage table – Three options

13 Aug

This past Friday I decided to stop by an estate sale on my way home from work. I was hoping to score some of the old wooden printing press letters that were featured in the sale ad, however the good ones were already gone. I decided to do a quick lap around the house before I left and I’m glad I did! Because in the basement was this beautiful cane bench! (At least I think it’s a bench). Now there is something you should know about me – I am a sucker for cane anything. My grandma had cane beds in her home and I’m sure my love affair started with them.

Now I’m sure you’re thinking – “Andi, if you love cane so much, why would you buy furniture with the can busted beyond repair?” Well, the table was only $5.00!! And most of the details, including the cane trim on the rim of the seat, were still intact. When I saw the bench, my DIY brain immediately went to work, brainstorming ideas on how I could restore the piece. Here are some options:

1. Remove the broken cane and upholster a seat cushion that will cover the hole. Paint the wood a fun, poppy color.

2. Turn the bench into a table. Remove the broken cane and have a piece of glass cut to cover the hole. Paint the wood white or black.

3. Take the chair to a restoration specialist and have new cane installed in the seat.

My favorite option is number one. I think the restored piece will really look cute in my bedroom or in bathroom one day.

Which option do you like best? I would love more suggestions.

xoxo, Andi

5 Responses to “Restoring a vintage table – Three options”

  1. cynthiamurdoch August 13, 2013 at 4:49 pm #

    I like the first option too. Using it as a small bench is so versatile…and if you get tired of it as a bench you can always take the cushion off and top it with glass!

  2. Audrey August 14, 2013 at 7:49 am #

    Number 1!! It will have new life with old charm. Cool!

  3. Kate August 16, 2013 at 1:52 pm #

    I definitely agree that option 1 is the way to go! The detail on that bench is really beautiful.