cheater, cheater, pumpkin eater.

When I was a kid my mom sewed most of my clothes and she whipped up some really cute things.  I can remember going through a pinafore stage in grade school.  I loved those pinafores and my mom made several for me.  They had made a come-back in the 60’s people, so don’t judge.  My mom also made matching halter-tops for me and my bff.  My bff’s mom made some for us too.  We loved matching!

My mom tried to turn me into a seamstress.  When I was in my early 20’s and broke, she helped me sew some wool suits for my office wardrobe.  I still get a little itchy remembering those wool pieces that weren’t lined.  I probably should have tried some less ambitious projects because in the end I just got frustrated with how much work was involved and the ‘sewing thing’ just didn’t take.

Although I have absolutely no interest in sewing clothing, every once in a while I do wish I had the sewing skills and equipment necessary for upholstery work or even just for sewing simple pillow covers or curtains.  Obviously I don’t wish it badly enough to do something about it though.

Instead, I find ways to cheat!

I suspect that the cane chair that I brought home from a garage sale a few weeks ago originally had a loose cushion for the bottom.

cane back chair

It would be preferable to replace it with another cushion because that would give it a softer, more comfortable seat with some give.  But since I can’t sew, I decided to add an upholstered seat similar to those on your typical dining room chair.  I started by having Ken cut a base out of plywood.  He cut a cardboard template to get the size and shape right, and then just used that to cut the plywood.  Then I added a bunch of layers of thick batting and covered it with a feed sack that I picked up at a garage sale (out of the free pile, believe it or not!).  I stapled the feed sack on and voila.

chair seat 3

It’s perhaps not the perfect solution, but it works for me.  I only spent about $6 for this chair.  The chair frame was $3 at a garage sale, the grain sack was $0, the plywood seat base was a little less than $3, the batting and the paint were items I had on hand but of course they would add to the cost if you had to buy those supplies.

chair half

By the way, I painted the rest of the chair using Miss Mustard Seed milk paint in Linen.

chair angle

I got a little chipping, but I’m hoping that over time the chair will wear and get even chippier.

cheater chair

What do you think of my cheater chair?  Not bad for $6, right?

15 thoughts on “cheater, cheater, pumpkin eater.

  1. I think it looks great! It would be so pretty in a sun room. I can’t believe you got the grain sack in a free pile. Great job.


  2. This chair was a real find…love it. And why sew if you don’t enjoy it? No reason at all when you can find a workaround. Lol…love the color too…hope this goes to a good home!


  3. I’m not surprised you don’t like sewing after starting with one of the hardest things to sew! Your mom was a truly gifted seamstress. I treasured the few outfits that were passed to me. You inherited her talent, just put it to use in other ways. Decorating, furniture, photography, writing… No need to add sewing–you’ve got enough going on!


  4. So is this joining the other caneback chair in the living room? Nice job – I have to agree with Annie you got plenty of talent girlfriend!!!


    1. Aw shucks, you are too kind Victoria! The chair is joining the other one! Although I don’t know if I’ll end up keeping both of them. I’m just moving them around now and seeing how they feel.


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