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How To Replace a Patio Chair Sling
This week I’m going to show you how to replace a patio chair sling. And it won’t cost you an arm and a leg.
In order to refresh the furniture, I had to disassemble it. I wasn’t too sure how easy this was going to be, but figured it could be done. If not, I guess I would have gone to plan B, which would be painting the fabric.
I decided to start with one of the foot stools, just in case something went wrong, or I couldn’t get them apart. But it worked!!
Here is my starting point:
First remove all of the plastic screw covers. Keep all of those pieces in a small snack ziplock bag, so they don’t go missing.
Next unscrew all of the screws. I used an power screwdriver, you just need a longer hex drill bit. So much easier than undoing all of these by hand!
Getting the fabric out of the track was a bit more difficult. I used a long machine screw and tapped it out with a hammer. Once the screw was tapped all the way in, I just used pliers to pull out the plastic wire.
Now onto the other 4 pieces!
The chairs were a bit tougher to get apart than the foot stools were. I had to cut the fabric off of the chairs first, in order to get the plastic guide wire out. I used a utility knife (with a fresh sharp blade). And I had to get help from Greg to remove the plastic cable. it was in there good! Ok, so the chairs are shredded and I am now officially all the way in! Onward…
Once all of the pieces had been dismantled, I sanded off the areas that had rust, and then wiped them down well (paint doesn’t stick well to dusty/dirty surfaces). To do the sanding, I used a sanding attachment on my handy dandy Multi-Tool.
Originally, I tried a textured finish paint, but it was crappy to spray and went on gloppy. So, I went with this Rust-Oleum paint in Dark Walnut
Love the colour! It’s the perfect compromise between brown and black. And it is SUPER NICE to paint with. It went on smooth and dried really fast. The trick with spray paint is to paint in short passes. If you just hold the button down, you will end up with runs and drips. Plus you will go through a lot more paint. So remember, short quick bursts 🙂
Here is the before and after on the chair arm.
I used a large plastic tarp, to protect my deck. I always buy my tarps at the dollar store. 4′ x 10′ painter’s non slip tarp – $4!
I multitasked my way through this painting project. I would go outside and paint, and then go back in and do some housework, then after about 15 minutes I would head back out on the deck, and paint some more. It worked well, and I didn’t feel guilty about working on projects instead of keeping the house clean 🙂 This paint covers well and dries really fast. But use it in a well ventilated area, as it’s a bit strong.
Once all of the furniture was painted, I just cleaned off the plastic wicker pieces (in the bathtub) and then put as much of it back together as possible without having the fabric pieces done.
US Exchange 🙂
One of the other Canadians doing the challenge mentioned that she was converting her costs to U.S. dollars. And you know the more I think about it the more I agree with her. If you buy the paint that I used at Amazon .ca it costs $8.37/ can and the same paint on Amazon.com costs $4.09/can. So, I’m okay with doing US exchange on my costs, because my $100 Cdn isn’t going to go very far! Im using a rate of $.75 Canadian to $1 U.S. Here is what I have spent so far:
- Tarp: Dollar store $4
- Paint: Lowes $9 x 2=$18
Total to date: $22 Cdn x .75 = $16.50 U.S.
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