Welcome to {PART 4} of our series, “HOME REMEDIES + REPAIRS”! Ever wish you had a quick fix in a pinch? Or, wouldn’t it be nice not to have to call the repair man every time something breaks down? Or, maybe you’re the trouble-shooting type, and love to figure stuff out? Whether any of these are the case for you, or you just popped in to see what this series is all about, you’ll love these simple antidotes and alterations for the home!

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Tip #11: Chair Repair

There’s lyrics to an old song I remember, “A chair is still a chair, even when there’s no one sittin’ there…” And that was certainly true of the two wooden chairs I inherited from my dear friend who moved out of state a few weeks ago. They were chairs all right, but unless you had considerable core strength, you probably wouldn’t choose to sit in one of them. And now she was graciously offering them, and the repairs that they needed, to me.

chair repair 1

My lightning fast, designer brain, automatically began thinking of just the right place to put them, and my response, of course, was, “I’m sure we can find someplace to put them.” With that, we loaded them into the back of my SUV, and I began to think, “I am so blessed to be the recipient of this generous gift, but how am I going to repair the wobbly arms on these chairs and restore them to their former glory?”

A good designer, never wants to give up on a quality piece of furniture. Especially now days, when something can be up-cycled, repurposed or reinvented into the very essence of the perfectly, imperfect piece with just a little elbow grease and creativity! So, with the guidance of my very helpful husband, I tackled this project with my usual optimism. And, I am happy to report that almost anyone can do it!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • sand paper
  • utility knife
  • wood glue
  • bar clamp (or the clamp of your choice)
  • ratcheting, tie down strap
  • soft clean rag and one that is slightly damp
  • paper towel

chair repair 2To get started, we completely removed the arm whose joints had been weakened, causing it to flail about like a chicken with a broken wing. {Note: This can be fairly easy, or take a little muscle, but the goal is to remove it without damaging any other part of the chair. Just pull it and twist it, until it is free from the other piece. After all, half the work has already been done for you when it was damaged!}

chair repair 3Next, we used a utility knife to scrape the remaining dried glue and splintered wood that had adhered to each piece, and sanded smooth with the sand paper.

Then, came the wood glue applied to both surfaces and then rejoined. {Note: Be sure to use a paper towel to remove any excess glue, followed by a clean, damp cloth. Also, make certain that you have each piece of wood exactly where you want it to be when gluing, because that’s where it will remain when the project is complete.}

chair repair 4To ensure a tight hold, we used the bar clamp to hold it in place for about twenty-four hours until the glue had fully dried. {Note: Always protect finished wood surfaces by placing a soft, clean cloth over the wood before tightening the clamp.}

chair repair 5Now, in this case we had two joints to repair, so we used a ratcheting tie down strap to hold the second joint steady because we were dealing with a slightly curved piece of wood that was better held by something more flexible. A rigid clamp would not have worked as well.

So, now all we have to do is clean up and wait to remove the clamps. I’m already envisioning them sitting in our foyer, or my office or maybe the den…9.21.15 simple chair repairDon’t forget to come back each week this month for more great tips on

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