Knocked down, stripped, sanded, REstained & sealed—
and REcovered at last!
It looks a little more “orange-y” in the picture than it actually is–lighting? The first two rockers were red oak so I stripped, sanded and only seal coated. This one the guys said was a white oak so I had to mix stains to get a color match. I really LUV’d the natural, ashy color and would have preferred to only seal coat this one too, so~ bummer.
1- Not being a big Oak fan, the graining difference -red to white- was a real surprise.
2- Back in the Day~ it was a common occurrence to use numerous woods in a project, then camouflage with DARK stain. And all 4 of our rockers did “match” by color.
Here it is now!
*Notice the “extra heavy” on this grain sack! ; D
The 1st and 2nd rockers were more of a “match,” as were the 3rd and 4th rockers–and that’s how I originally divided them with my mother. I preferred, and took, the “thicker” seated rockers—but believe me, any one of them is SUPER COMFY to sit in & stay a loooong while!
The view above shows the feed sack I chose just a bit more than the one below—it’s one of those common Fulton Seamless bags. But I wanted this sack because it included the “extra heavy” –and I have a wicked sense of humor!
*The 4th rocker (that I *foolishly* sold in the Rose Bowl antq market) also had a thicker seat -but with a lower back, but the poor thing was in such ruff condition. Grandma padded and covered the whole back in a farm grain sack -so I never saw if it had simple slats or another split splat back design before selling. Hey~the guys I sold it to were pretty excited to get it no matter!
~now, back to the table I’m in the middle of building. . .
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There were 4 originally.
All slightly different, and yet, the same.
My grandma brought them together with leather, and eventually because of wear~she added some family farm grain sacks! ~circa 1920’s
Quick back story~
She always had all 4 rockers gathered together in a simple vignette! Sadly, as we cleared out the last of her house, no one seemed to want any of them. Although they’re really not a design choice I would make–I took them.
I took 2 home to Phoenix and left 2 with my mother. They ALL 4 ended up in storage on both ends. Eventually, I reupholstered the seat of my favorite and used it in the family room. The other, I ended up selling at the Rose Bowl antq market in Pasadena.
The 2 my mom had were still in storage when the tornadoes hit 4 years ago. Yes, they were damaged—but it drew me back to them and to finally give them the LUV they deserved!
Here’s the outcome of REworking the 2 rockers my mother kept.
Well, you can see I brought my 1 back to REstore the “group!”
It just hasn’t had a full rejuvenation—until yesterday!
Actually~ Wednesday night I knocked down the seat and ran it over to the strippers. They did a fast strip-job for me and I picked it up first thing yesterday.
So Thursday was spent repairing a few areas, then sanding, REstaining to match the others and seal-coating. DONE!
Today, I can reupholster the seat and call this a done deal!
See you tomorrow with its reveal!
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Well Lisa— yes, I DID!
uh, yeah~this is gonna date me- and how LONG I’ve been doin’ this stuff. I must digress a bit here first…
1999–it was one of my trips back here to my mother’s to visit AND work on a few projects for her—like,
for her using a king sized headboard.
Her city happened to be holding a big, organized “Charity Garage Sale” in an old vacant downtown building. Sounded interesting and of course I made a point of going!
I found & bought this beauty salon chair! $5
THIS is NOT how it looked as I bought it~THIS was MY doing!
~Best I remember, it was pretty disgustingly D’ir-IR-t y. Needing (gloves) an extreme cleaning before anything else could happen.
We’ve all dealt with something like that at some point, am I right?
What you see pictured was all my doing. Once CLEANed, I could see the MANY screws holding it all together and took it completely apart to REwork.
I remember a suggestion to just spray paint the vinyl–which was somehow in amazing condition~protected by the filth?–but I was more interested in playing with this toile! To keep things simple though, I did COVER OVER the vinyl. Which also makes it water proof!
Originally I intended to sell it in the Kane County flea market~that we used to do! Folks were ALL OVER IT but I realized I just couldn’t let it go! So it went home to Phoenix with me and lived in my master bath. It was a bougie luxury to sit in each morning doing my hair and makeup!
I brought it to my mother’s home a few years ago since I’ve somehow become her personal hairdresser –wt…?– and it makes the task easier.
And there it sits, in her kitchen. The kiddos fight over who gets to sit in it—or should I say SPIN in circles! And- it works well as a booster seat!
It’s multi-functional, and just a whole lot of fun!
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Posted in Antiques/Vintage treasures, antiquing and thrifting!, chairs, painting, sewing projects, the Journey of a Stylish Renovation, TIPS -construction and finishing, upholstery, tagged Baker Furniture, caned chair, double welting alternative, grain sacks, mismatched caned chairs for the breakfast table, Mom's kitchen, raw wool welting cord on January 27, 2017|
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A couple of weeks ago
I started working on the
found FOR the breakfast table. A close match to what will be its mate!
I knocked it down,
I’ve returned to the chair!
I removed its wool and taped off/covered the muslin before priming and painting.
I’m using another of my grain sacks,
but the stripes were much too “bright” for me so I washed it with bleach a couple of times. Although not super faded, it looks cleaner and definitely~ BETTER.
I used the former chair cover as a pattern!
*I also washed it after and set it aside for a future project—I ♥ orange and it has such a great patina!
Below, the original wool felting and muslin~all in GOOD shape! YaY!
Wonderful surprise~it’s a Baker chair! Well made from solid wood, but a little bit wobbly so I added screws to firm it up. C’est la vie.
I was hoping for a chance to run off to beg Katie (my favorite professional Upholsterer) to run double welting for me. I can run single welting but don’t have the right foot to run my own double.
Then I started thinking. The soft wool welting cord that you sew the fabric around actually kind of “looks like” the grain sack. Hmmmmm. . .
Why couldn’t I use it RAW and wrap it twice? DOUBLE welting!
It’s not for sale~it’s for me, if it doesn’t wear well I can correct it later. Let’s do it!!!
This welting may be a test -but- I like it!
Mismatched pieces united by paint—and eventually ALL similar fabrics!
Yes~I still have work to do~
*I need to clean the chalkboard wall from the kiddos at Christmas so mom can start drawing out the FAMILY TREE— the whole reason for the chalkboard wall!
Just a small cozy breakfast space inside the kitchen.
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Posted in Antiques/Vintage treasures, antiquing and thrifting!, chairs, painting, the Journey of a Stylish Renovation, upholstery, tagged caned chairs, Kilz, orange velvet, reupholstering a chair, thrift store chair on January 12, 2017|
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While I’m REthinking
I turned my attention to the “matching” caned chair found for mom’s breakfast table.
I grabbed my upholstery staple puller and wire cutter-pliers and got to work on knocking down the orange velvet fabric. Its upholstery was done so well, I really took my time to study their job!
I was kind of sad stripping the orange velvet. Aside from being dirty, the velvet was in pristine condition, has the best patina and a really nice hand. I’m thinking I’ll wash it and try to REuse it in another project down the line. AND~it is and always has been my very favorite color!
Did you know ORANGE is the color of CREATIVITY ?!?
Unfortunately, someone used some glue on what I’m guessing was a velvet padded back cover. I seriously struggled getting the residue off.
BUT~ I won the battle with a razor blade, pliers, scrub brush, a n d patience.
While I had the scrub brush going, I knocked off the small areas of thickly built up dust and grime, and just cleaned the chair WaY better this time around.
I LUV the seat—and YES, it’s as generous as this vantage point would suggest!
You can see I taped off and covered the muslin before I painted it. Gotta luv the many uses of Press N’ Seal!
I sprayed it with Kilz and left it to set up over night. Tomorrow I’ll give it a top coat with a very soft white and give it another 24hrs to dry before I REupholster that seat.
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Loooong day—busy on a project I’ll share next post,
“Hey Catherine~did you see that chair on the curb around the corner and the LEGS on it?”
Yes~my A.D.D. sets in here. . .
WoWza! Yep. I’m gonna HAVE TO touch that chair if I want those legs—Ugh. The picture makes it look better than it was~trust me.
I stood there for a moment actually REthinking if I REALLY wanted them.
Dang it! I forgot to bring my gloves, but I loaded it up.
NOW with some gloves on & the right tools—I pulled back the gross fabric and padding to reveal the structure and pried out the legs. Which turned out to be better than the usual “just screwed in” kind! These will be nicer to build solidly into something else down the line. The heavy finish doesn’t show that they’re actually a nice wood, so I’ll probably strip them raw for a DO-over!
Yep—ya gotta look at that UGLY stuff too!
Now -I- have to haul this monstrosity to OUR curb.
I guess the neighbors will all know who took the chair. ; D
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Posted in Antiques/Vintage treasures, antiquing and thrifting!, chairs, Craig's list, painting, TIPS -construction and finishing, upholstery, tagged "FREE", botanical fabric, Craigslist, shield back chairs on June 6, 2016|
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…you find a surprise FREE listing on Craigslist that’s TRULY interesting!
SHIELD-back chairs—and table.
The table –ehh– but how I love a shield-back chair! And, well, that table does have some fun legs to use in a future project!
Free is always good, but is it truly—FREE?
In THIS instance, NO.
FREE means WORK. LOTS of WORK.
All four chairs were SO loosey-goosey and with some open joints, that I just grabbed the appropriate tools and knocked each completely apart. It took a good bit of time, but I REglued every. single. joint.
Those chairs are now really S O L I D. ↑ from CL ad ↓
I love the fleur de lis backs!
I set the chairs aside giving them over night/24 hours to fully set up and dry, and moved on to stripping off the nasty, soiled, fur encrusted fabric from the seats. -Just gross enough -I donned some gloves—eeeeewwwwww!
After stripping down the double layers of fabric, I beefed up the padding, then REcovered with a botanical print. BUT- each seat has a different interpretation of the print!
*I toyed with sewing a box cushion and welting, but considering their REsale value—I couldn’t justify adding that much more work. Oh well.
I took the easy way out and sprayed each chair with a soft white primer, sanded & sealed. Period. Time was running out to take them to the pop-up show and my Time-Materials-to-REsale was NOT adding up. So much for “FREE.”
. . . forgot to get some “after” pictures to show you the botanicals on the seats, sorry…
but they were really pretty!
Trust me! ; D
They didn’t sell during the show and I was bummed—
but Hip-Hip HooRaY!
A fellow vendor snatched ’em up before I could load them again.
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