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Old 05-30-2017, 12:06 AM   #1
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Default Metal (aluminum) chair frame

I have four old metal chair frames that used to be wrapped in wicker. After years of sun beating down on the wicker it finally gave out and started breaking apart. I removed the wicker bits and pieces that were still sticking on the frames. Now I have the frame in the attached picture

I don't want to get rid of the frames since they are still fine. Any ideas on how to make a seat and backing for the chair to salvage them? It's going to be outside so any ideas will have to hold up to the elements. Thanks for any suggestions.
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I would do wood. You can get wood slats at home improvement stores. Fasten them to a couple of cross pieces. Trace the shape of the seat on some cardboard and use that to cut the shape of the seat. Then use sand paper to smooth and round the edges. Do the same for the back. Then you can either paint them a color to match your decor, or (what I would do) clear coat them with something like Thompson's Water Seal.

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