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Monday, November 13, 2017

How to Weave and Restore a Hemp Seat on a Chair

 We just finished with this Reclaimed Hemp Seat Chair.  It was in sad shape when we found it but with a little love and time, it is now sitting happily in our guest bedroom.  

restoring a hemp seat chair

This chair with a hemp seat didn't look this way when we found it. In fact, it was on the way to the garbage but I totally fell in love with it.   The hubby wasn't so sure about it but since he is a sweetie, he gave me the benefit of doubt and jumped on board to save this chair.  

 How to weave a hemp bottom chair 

weaving a hemp seat on a chair

It was in sad shape, the wood was very dry.  West Texas is hard on wood furniture especially neglected wood furniture. 

We started by cutting off the woven seat and removing all the dust and debris. We used a good wood cleaner and then when it was dry we doused the wood with furniture oil.
hemp to use to restore a chair

We purchased 2 rolls of this 1/4 inch hemp rope totaling about 100 feet at our local hardware store.  

Directions to weave a hemp seat

We begin the weave by typing the rope to the rear railing on the seat and then began stringing it back and forth wrapping twice on each run.  Tie the end off with a knot.

how to weave a hemp seat

Start the horizontal weave by tying the hemp rope to the side rail and start weaving side to side, wrapping the hemp around the wood side rail twice on each run.  

Weaving a hemp seat

Pull the horizontal weaves as tight as possible to the front as you work to the rear.  The hubby made this little tool by using a metal rod and black electrical tape and it worked extremely well to pull those weaves tight.  

reweave a hemp seat on an old chair

Before tying off the rope, wrap the hemp around each side several times to fill in the gaps between the horizontal (side) runs.     
Cassie, our border collie is keeping a sharp eye on our progress, Not!  Cassie is our shop dog, it doesn't matter what we are working on, it doesn't matter if the hubby is using loud power tools, that's what she does, sleep near the action.  

restoring a hemp seat on a chair

We have finished this chair and it looks so quaint sitting in our guest room.  This hemp bottom chair is one of my favorite restores to date.   (secret-I just found another old chair similar to this and I can't wait to start on it) 

But for Now, I'm off to Antique Farm House to find accessories and decor for this guestroom.  I saved enough money on this chair to buy some really cool items.  

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  1. That is amazing! Your chair looks adorable! My hubby brought home a little chair in about the same condition as yours was... I didn't think I could fix it, without paying a fortune to have it done by a pro ~ wonder if I could do this? Pinning and will let you know if I figure this out!

  2. Oh it turned out amazing Evelyn - LOVE it !!! ( don't think I could fix that as well as you did )

  3. I love it Evelyn! Such a sweet rescue :-)

  4. Nicely done! Something like that is perfect for sitting on a porch during the summer.

  5. I love how you upcylced that chair. You're really clever !

  6. Awww I love it! You did a beautiful job! Now you can enjoy it for years to come....


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