A small balcony makeover

It’s the new year. Time for fresh starts, room refreshes and completing projects.

Scott and I were immediately drawn to the potential of the outdoor space when we bought our condo in late 2011. We imagined enjoying sunny days and cool nights relaxing, dining and entertaining in this space.

Outdoor space

I backburnered this project for most of 2012 as I got things inside wallpapered, painted, and furnished and prepared for our October wedding. Poor Scott just wanted to sit outside with his beer and his dog and breathe in the ocean air. So for his Christmas 2012/birthday 2013 (his is February 4) present, I committed to cozying up the balcony for him. And here’s how the small balcony makeover turned out.

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Cheap chair makeover

Overall shot of chair back
I picked up this gem at a Salvation Army for $7.50. I naturally gravitate toward anything with caning, and although this chair had a rather large hole through the back, I figured I could fix it–or enlist an expert to do it.

But I do know my limits. There are some projects I won’t tackle, not many, but some. I decided to leave the recaning of this thrift-store find to the pros at Woodmasters Workshop, but I asked them not to stain the caning so I could paint it.

I removed the seat cushion and sanded the entire chair but didn’t touch the fragile caning. Then I primed it with Kilz interior oil primer and let it dry for 24 hours.

I moved the chair out of direct sun light, which can cause spray paint to bubble and sprayed four sweeping light coats of Krylon’s gloss spray paint in cherry red, allowing about 45 minutes of dry time between each coat and sanding any drip marks away gently with a 220-grit sandpaper block. I sealed the chair with Minwax’s water-based polycrylic protective gloss finish.
Chair complete
The original foam was extremely rigid and not comfortable at all. I bought new foam, used the old foam as a template and cut it out with that handy Japanese flush cut saw I used on our wall. An electric knife would work too, but I like the control this saw offers. I recovered the seat in three-quarters of a yard of Braemore Silsila Curry fabric.
Chair head on

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