When my Dad moved out of his house and put everything in storage, I begged for this Teak chair I remember as a child. It had big arms, and was cozy to curl up in. I’m a bit bigger now, and curling up in this chair isn’t quite as cozy, but nostalgia kicked in and I had to have it. He warned me it was broken, and I instantly told him I could fix it. Two years later, I decided to do something about it. I read an article a while back about a guy that fixed part of the outside of his house that had been infested with termites using Bondo. Bondo is a 2 part, epoxy / putty like substance sold to fix major dings and dents in cars, and dries rock solid. I thought it was worth a shot on this great chair. You may remember this chair from an article I did on coconut oil improving the appearance of wood.
My chair. It has some great bones, but was missing all the good stuff. No cushion, and two of the back supports were popped out of the back, which was broken.
I attempted to put a screw in the back, which may not have been the best idea.
So, Bondo. It’s a 2 part deal, with a small tube of red stuff and a quart can of gray putty. It’s hard to mix, so read the instructions very well before using. Mix it fast and use it fast, because it becomes rock solid within a matter of 4 minutes and then you can’t use it. I had to mix, spread on, sand,wait 20 minutes, mix, spread on… 3 times to get desired results. You can see my butter knife marks. Ha.
I applied and sanded each time, trying to avoid sanding the chair too often.
The Bondo looks angry.
For the last round of Bondo, I grabbed bits and smooshed it into the chair, making sure to stick out farther than the chair, so I could sand it flat with the back of the chair.
Not perfect, but better! It’s so strong. Within 20 minutes I was able to sand and paint it.
This was my attempt to see how well Minwax stain took to the Bondo, which was like concrete. It didn’t stain well, so I decided to just paint it.
I put a coat of something close to wood colored paint on the chair, but it still wasn’t perfect.
I cut little wood grain notches in the chair so I could stain over the paint.
This is where I ended up. It’s not perfect, the color is a little off, and I may keep playing with it, but it’s still WAY better than it was. The Bondo is super strong, and holding the wood in place!
I got this cushion off of a curb sofa, and meant to use the foam for the seat cover. I took off the ugly sofa cushion and sanitized the cushion.
DISCLAIMER: And no that’s not grimy-grime on the foam. I pulled a brown seat cover off of it and some of the fabric particles were left behind. And the sofa had JUST been put on the curb. I have a rule when I furniture pick, no fabric, no particle board. And since all I was using was the insert, I deemed it ok to take.
I chose a great canvas fabric from Hancock Fabrics. Only $5 a yard!
I sewed a little box cushion with a zipper in back for easy on and off. The zipper was only $1 from the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store.
The cushion fits perfectly without me having to cut any sides off!
My finished chair! I’m so happy to have fixed this chair I remember sitting in as a kid. It’s something I plan to always have. While I was at it with the Bondo, I fixed a doorknob plate with a loose screw. I took the plate out of the jamb, filled the hole, and put the plate back on. The screw went right into the Bondo, no chipping or cracking.