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before & after









Last week I found this chair from an antique dealer for $5. It was outside in the rain, holding up a screen door. I don't think the photos do it justice, the lines really are beautiful. It needed a bit of work though, the front horizontal piece was disconnected and the fabric smelled old and was badly stained. The frame also had stains, scratches and scuffs.
I should preface with saying that I'm no pro, if you want to see a great tutorial on redoing vintage wood Morgan has a great one right here, prompted by my vintage table. That's next on the list, still.
I sanded the whole frame down twice, wiped it off really well with a cheese cloth and then rubbed it with Teak oil. It's quite rewarding, especially after an hour of sanding! I let it dry and rubbed it down again. Seems it might still need a little bit in some of the "thirsty" spots but I think I'll take a brush to those later.
Then I recovered the seat and back. Pulling all of that nasty boucle off was a chore, let me tell you! It smelled awful and there were staples galore! I spent the better half of two nights getting them totally stripped before I was able to recover them. I chose a white linen-type woven fabric that I found for $1.50 and stretched it as taught as I could. You can see that there are a couple areas that aren't perfect. Whatever, as I said earlier, I'm no pro!
I stayed up till 1:30 last night putting it all together but it is leaps and bounds better than when I found it. I don't think the before photos depict it's true decrepid condition but you'll just have to believe me.
Now I have to find a place to put it. May be the hardest part of the whole process!

17 comments:

  1. I think it's beautiful! I love how the wood looks now, a little darker and so nourished. My parents had a set of 4 chairs at our kitchen table growing up. I always like them, but didn't really think anything of it. Now I'm seeing this style everywhere and I'm wishing I would have saved them. Alas... that's why thrifting will always be fun.

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  2. looks amazing! good job!

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  3. Looks great, you always find good stuff at very, very good price. Looks really beautiful.

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  4. Wow...I am seriously impressed. There is no way I could have done that well. It looks fabulous!

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  5. This totally inspires me! I've got 2 fantastic chairs I pulled from someones trash...yes, yes-I know ;)...but they've been in my garage for 6 months now.
    Perhaps we should trade knitting lessons for chair help?

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  6. Words cannot describe how happy I am to have stumbled upon your blog. Every post is AMAZING! Wow, I am in LOVE.

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  7. It looks great!! So worth the work!!!

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  8. Wow, it looks great! You made a great find.

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  9. Looks SO great! Maybe you could put it next to a small table with some books and a cute little lamp. Good job!

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  10. my gosh! i think u did a really good job!! i always wanted to refurbish an old pc of furniture, but i think most of the time, weird odour, unidentifiable stains n most of all, self-doubt, always puts me off.

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  11. Clever girl! You will love this chair forever i think. Dayle

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  12. the lines on this chair really are beautiful! great find and nice work.

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  13. Oh, nice work! I just saw that you are located in Boise. We tried to get a job there, but instead we are far away in Richmond. I like to think we could have been friends. :)

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  14. Ali-Yes, I believe we would have been!
    Too bad Boise didn't work out, maybe the boys could have played.
    Hope Richmond is treating you well!

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  15. beautiful work on this ;D looks pro to me!

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  16. Very well done you! Yo've done a fantastic job, and it looks gorgeous. I love the shape. Great find!

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