Do you remember this little baby I picked curbside in my neighbourhood a few weeks ago? Instead of calling him “Duct Tape Chair”, I have decided to call him “Dane”.
When I first set eyes on Dane, he was a bit down and out, battered, paint splattered and covered in duct tape. But I knew Dane could be a groovy guy once more!
Before considering what cool duds Dane would don, I thought it best to see if I could clean him up.
After removing the seat and the back, I washed him down with a mild TSP solution.
Then I examined his joints and finish.
Structurally, Dane was in great shape with the exception of one arm which had had a crack repaired. Although it was slightly noticeable, I decided since Dane was teak, I did not want to try and fill it and I definitely wasn’t painting him.
Because teak is an oily wood, painting it can be tricky and why would I want to cover up this gorgeous specimen?
Sometimes it’s the simplest of treatments that give the best results. So was the case with Dane.
Dane was hungry!
I scooted off to the kitchen and mixed up some SALAD DRESSING.
That’s right, 2/3 Olive Oil and 1/3 vinegar.
With a rag dipped into the solution, I gave Dane a rub down.
Dane was suddenly transformed into a new
Dane was looking good but he needed an outfit that would make him stand out.
While browsing the upholstery section of my local Fabricland (one of the few fabric store chains left in Canada) I spotted the perfect fabric. Very retro and shall I say “Groovy, man!”.
After covering new foam with the funky fabric, Dane was ready to hit the town!
Lately, I’ve been loving mid-century furniture.
Especially authentic Danish Teak pieces with the sleek lines.
They seem to be timeless.
I had thought about using a more contemporary fabric but decided Dane wanted to stay young and hip.
BTW, cost was less than $20!
Now that Dane has eaten and donned some new duds, I think he’s ready to go dancing… 😉