What finish to order for my Breuer Cesca chairs seat replacement?
When ordering a breuer chair seat replacement it is very important to keep in mind that the finish will not match 100% to your existing chairs. Both the wood finish and cane finish will differ. Generally it is possible to get anywhere from a 70-80% match but keep in mind that if you want all your chairs to look 100% the same it is best to replace all the seats and backs or have your seat re-cained. If you choose re-caining please keep in mind we do machine cained seats only. If your seat is hand cained then the cost will be much higher and in most cases will cost more then buying a new chair.
Most customers purchase the honey oak finish. When your chairs were brand new you might recall purchasing natural but since the wood and cane oxidize due to oils and sunlight most customers need to purchase honey oak. So if your chair was natual or honey oak when brand new the closest match will be honey oak.
Please see images below for more information:
1) Image 1 : In this image below you can see a customers old chair and a brand new honey oak seat on top. This is a common example of a best scenario color match.
2) Image 2 : In this image you can see that not only will the wood not match but the caining will also be darker on your old seat due to the natural aging process of the cane and oxidation.
Image 3 : This is a comparison showing that honey oak will match better then natural even though your chairs were natural when brand new.
Image 4 : In this image you can see a honey oak chair that turned more orange over time with the caining also changing color and a honey oak seat on top which is the better match and a natural wood sample which is much lighter in color.