Published on August 18th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


Beach cottage-chic Ivar chairs

Materials: Ivar chairs, wood stain, polyurethane finish, jute twine, large tapestry needle

Description: At a local furniture outlet, we snagged a large, clean-lined dining table in a dark-stained wood, but it didn’t come with chairs. After looking at many (rather expensive) chair options, we decided to get six Ivar chairs and customize them to fit our needs.

First, we used a dark wood stain and several coats of polyurethane to refinish all the chairs to match the table. Then, to lighten the overall look and add a bit of beachy flair (we live near the Connecticut shoreline), we wrapped each rung of the chair with jute twine from a craft store, hiding the end of the twine under the wrapping at the beginning and weaving the ends in with a tapestry needle at the end. The result is a very inexpensive set of chairs that perfectly complements the table.

~ Suma CM, Stamford, CT, USA

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10 Responses to Beach cottage-chic Ivar chairs

  1. Lindsay says:

    This looks great – what exactly did you do to the chairs? I am thinking of painting my Ivar chairs and Bjursta table but am not sure how much work it will be. I assume you sanded them before staining? Did you finish with some type of sealer?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Brilliant idea, beautiful result! Love it!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Fantastic idea.

  4. inga says:

    I love this, I think I’ll be doing at least the jute twine part on our chairs (my 2 toddlers don’t give me much time) and it will make them look much better!!

  5. Suma CM says:

    Thanks, everyone, for your kind comments – and no, actually it doesn’t scratch – there are different grades of jute twine as someone mentioned, and it’s indeed very easy to replace if needed as it’s not glued on.

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  7. Anonymous says:

    It probably scratches a little, but some jute twine is better than others. If the crafter didn’t glue the twine down, which is possible, it can later be replaced by nautical-looking cotton cording. The beauty of this solution is that it is easy to replace if it gets soiled.

  8. Amazing looking chairs, I want them!

  9. Neomig says:

    doesn’t it scratch?

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