Welcome to part one of a few part series on the make-over of this mid-century modern chair. The subject is a wicker chair upholstered in orange upholstery. As you can see it's seen many a better day...err...decade. The plan is to transform this chair into something fun by giving it new paint and upholstery.
The overall sturdiness is where you really need to focus if you are going to work on vintage furniture. If you are planning to redo the upholstery then it doesn't matter it is is torn and stained. It doesn't matter if the cushions are flat or brittle. All that can be replaced. It harder to fix broken structural parts.
Trisodium phosphate (TSP). I choose TSP because it's a good general cleaner to use before painting. It cuts through the grease and oils that hands leave behind on furniture.
Now, I just need to select a fabric for my upholstery, a paint color of the frame, and replace all the webbing, foam and batting. I'm thinking of leaving off the head rest pillow. The holes in the wicker for the buttons are pretty small and I don't think the pillow is all that useful.
click here to see part 1.5 : paint and fabric selections