I had a few other pieces to refinish but I thought I would get a jump on refinishing these chairs before Thanksgiving. You know, on the off chance they found a home around somebody’s table for the holiday. I acquired these chairs years ago from someone who had bought them with the sole purpose of refinishing them, but she never got around to them. So, after sitting in my shop waiting for a little TLC, they finally got it!
These chairs were structurally in great condition other than a few of the seats needed the wood replaced. All of the fabric and cushions were completely replaced. One crossbar stretching is missing from one of the chairs but the chair was structurally sound. I thought leaving it the way it was would give the set more character.
Dining Room Chairs Makeover
Removed seats and sanded all wood
All stables, cushions, and fabric removed
The base of wooden seats replaced where needed
Chairs received k walnut stain and wax finish
All seats received new cushions and soft turquoise fabric.
More on these chairs…
Out of the six chairs, two of them have arms leaving the remaining four as a standard chair. Total height: 36” Seat height: 19” Width: 18” Depth: 15”
These are for sale at a modest $250. If you are in the Austin area and interested, please contact me.
Chair Sale. That’s right, I said SALE. I’ve never had to have a studio sale but my workspace is flooded with one off chairs. These babies have yet to be refinished. I will finish them to your liking. You can buy one or two or all six. (One chair, Chair 6, is already refinished.)
I’m desperate to make space for some bigger pieces that are needing to be refinished but I can’t do it with these lovelies taking up valuable space.
I will be selling these babies for $50 a piece.
Contact me ASAP to let me know what chair you’d like and how you’d like it. firstname.lastname@example.org
What a month! From mid-June to today, I have had the most amount of custom work I have ever had! I love it. Nothing makes me happier. I hope the custom orders just keep on coming. So tell all your friends! (wink, wink, nudge, nudge)
That being said, I wanted to share with you a couple of the pieces of furniture that I have just wrapped up. These pieces consisted of a desk and chair to match.
I was gifted this great little desk from someones garage and the chair was a curb side find. I stripped them of their finish, sanded, sanded, and applied a white paint with my favorite walnut stain over it to give it that aged look. It’s the perfect finish for the farmhouse that they will be calling home!
Not only are the desk and chair creating a fabulous new office space but the bookshelf from my previous post (Furniture for the Fight: May) also made it’s way into the mix. Check it out!
Desk after (not the best photo)
Desk & Bookshelf in new Home
Chair Before (left)
Chair After Detail
Chair After Detail
Chair After Detail
If you are in the Austin area and are interested in having a piece of furniture that you already own refinished, please feel free to message me at email@example.com
I’m a few days overdue for my weekly post, but I promise I will make it up to you with the best piece of furniture I’ve refinished yet.
The David Bowie Inspired Rocking Chair
I had acquired this little rocking chair probably 6 months ago. I was planning on refinishing it in such a way that I would keep it. Right around the time I was moving into my studio, David Bowie had tragically passed away. I thought that maybe this rocking chair had more purpose than just a plain rocking chair in my apartment. I put my feelers (aka a Facebook post on my personal page) to see who would be interested in a David Bowie inspired rocking chair… much to my surprise, there was plenty of interest.
This rocking chair went through such a transformation! From removing the upholstery that had stain all over the edges to a lot of the structural repairs (a lot of the joints were loose), to the actual painting and learning how to reupholster a chair…. It is now a Chair that Rocks!
I have a new piece of furniture! The little stool was a great first project, but I thoroughly enjoy moving up and graduating to more complex projects.
A little back story on this chair: A few years ago when my Ex and I had moved into this charming little house on the East Side, we discovered this white chair that was left behind. The structure of the chair was, for the most part, sound, but it had been carelessly painted white. Like a lost puppy, we kept it. When my Ex and I split, I kept the chair. I always had it in my heart that I would give this chair some TLC. Several years later, it got just that.
Eager to get started on this project, I applied stripper to the chair, chomping at the bit to peel off the layer of unwanted paint. I let it sit and when I went to scrape, I was more than disappointed. I wanted that somewhat weird satisfaction of peeling paint; similar to pulling glue off your fingers when you were a kid. (Is this weird or are you coming with me?) Needless to say that only thing that came off was the stripper. (insert inappropriate joke, go ahead and get it out of your system)
Learning Experience #1: When stripper is applied to paint that has been applied over stain: it turns into a gel and doesn’t actual get you anywhere but frustrated.
After this discovery, I quickly felt myself getting sick. I was hit with a strong wave of seasonal allergies, which landed myself in bed for a week. Ahthankyooou, Rag Weed. This brings us to….
Learning Experience #2: Don’t work on projects when you are not feeling 100%. You will end up doing more damage than good and therefore make more work for yourself.
After recovering from being Sneezy’s lost cousin, Snotty, I got back to work. I trucked my sander and my chair off to a friends house to whip this stripper/paint/stain layered mess into submission. After hours of using my power sander (YAY!) the job was done. I then applied some wood filler to cracks in the seat to get it back to an even and smooth surface.
I’ve always wanted a teal or turquoise piece of furniture. I was fortunate to locate a color I really liked, appropriately named “Smoked Turquoise.” Once a few coats were dried, I applied stain to the entire piece. I have never used stain before, admittedly I was nervous, but it turned out very easy to work with. I lathered on the stain, let it sit, and then buffed it off. Applying the stain over the latex paint gives a subtle aged feel without making it look forced.
This piece was a little more labor intensive than the previous, but I must say I found it valuable. I worked with new mediums and gained a few new techniques.
Learning Experience #3: Take better before pictures! (I did take more “In the Process” Pictures, but I wish you could have seen a better before picture!)
Needless to say, I believe I have fallen in love with refinishing furniture. In love. I cannot believe how satisfying it feels to convert an ordinary piece of furniture into something special.