A few weeks ago I stumbled upon this old Danish chair at an antique shop. I was looking for scandinavian furniture and I found a cool old chair that was in decent condition for $15. I took it home and started doing some research on it to see where it was designed and made. As it turns out the chair was designed and manufactured in Denmark. The stamp on the bottom of the chair read J.L. Møller and I found it is called the Model 78 chair. These chairs retail for roughly $700-1200 new! So after learning I found a valuable chair I gently stripped the wood and cut off the old upholstery with the idea of re-rushing the chair with some danish paper cord. There's a lot of forums out there on how to reweave this particular chair with an authentic Danish pattern and you can buy a spool of paper cord for ten bucks on amazon. I made some "L" nails from some heavy duty electrical staples I bought from home depot and cut them in half (I learned later that you can buy them from upholstery shops...). Since the chair did not come with the nails it was kind of tricky hammering them in place without damaging the chair, so I had to drill guide holes for each nail which ended up saving me a lot of time. After some research I learned that there's a specific number of nails needed on each side of the seat and I can't remember what I did now, but I was able to figure it out based on pictures of other blogs. So after I had all my materials ready I sealed the wood with some natural furniture wax, and the redness of the teak wood really popped after the first coat. All in all I applied about 3-4 coats of wax and it looks pretty nice. After finishing the coating, I started on the weaving of the chair and it took me about 3 hours to get it done. Now I have a really nice looking Danish chair that is worth a lot more than the $25 I spent to restore it.
Click here to visit the website that showed me how to finish the weaving pattern.