I have set three projects for myself to accomplish in the near future.
A chair to re-cane….
A wall to re-point…
First, in order to be able to move the piano, I had something called “bridge à roulettes” installed. I can now move it myself, almost with one hand.
Third project is to paint the wall behind a stove…
I plan to imitate the stone encircled in purple.
I have started on the chair.
I got rid of the old caning, rubbed the wood with steel wool and waxed it. I didn’t realize how dirty it was until I stared cleaning it. Similar to searching one’s soul to make it good. We all think we are pretty good.
Here is the first step. I have instructions in a book called “L’Encyclopédie Faites Tout Vous-même” which has been a treasure trove of how-to information for us over the years. This chair is one of a pair. I did its mate about 25 years ago, before we bought this house. I seem to remember it taking me either 6 weeks or 6 months. I had a lot of other stuff going on then with two young children.
I did the second half of this step twice as I wasn’t satisfied with the way it came out. Then I modified the left edge so the rows are more vertical. The trapezoidal form creates a few complications.
I was working in a white room with a fairly large window but had to turn on the lights at noon to see what I was doing, the sky was so dark. The cane has a wrong and right side, mustn’t get it twisted.
To be continued….