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French country ladder back chairsDo you remember the 4

french ladder back chairs

I REfinished and upholstered last spring?  No?

Yeah–I dropped the ball on sharing this to completion.  Sorry.

Here’s the READER’S DIGEST version to catch you up!

Judy’s had these chairs for-EVER. . . and they were showing it.  We probably talked about this project for a year before doing it.

The rush seats were just disintegrating and those plaid seat pads became a band-aide.

Judy's ladder back chairsI took them to the strippers.
And I wish I had let them do the whole strip & refinish—it was such a MAJOR amount of work.  But -I- painstakingly sanded all of them.  HOURS of sanding and aching hands.  Sometimes DIY sucks.

Judy's ladder back chairs

Only waxing maintained the raw, pale wood we wanted—but it wasn’t enough durability for Judy.  But you can see below that even a simple clear-coat darkened the Cherry wood.  Bummer.

sanded & clear coated

The chairs sat kind of low so we played with varying ways to REbuild the seats—deciding on furniture webbing with a thicker pad for loft AND softness.

Matelassé was ordered–from Italy!  We ordered enough for a boxed covering, but discovered the chair construction dictated wrapping the seats instead—and that took much less fabric.  So the extra matelassé was used to also cover the 2 pressed back chairs I recently shared with you.

Judy's UPHOLSTERY

*We also tackled REfinishing the Bird’s eye maple table.

You know~I’ve always been pretty efficient with my cuts  -wood, fabric, whatever-  but even I was surprised at how far I stretched this yardage!

So I’m making chair seat slip covers from the very last of the fabric!

chair seat slip covers

I’ll leave you here for the moment,

I’m still working on them.

There’s a twist to reveal at the end~so check back!

Catherine

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Back in early December I was asked to REwork a pair of mismatched antique pressed back chairs *The link tells how they are created!

mismatched PRESSED BACK chairs

The darker actually has a mate (and may get worked on later),

the lighter chair came from the Ottillia Catherine estate sale I ran last spring.  Judy snatched it up before anyone else saw it—ahh those rope spindles ♥ ♥ ♥ !

They would be needed for extra seating at Christmas.  So the lighter went to the strippers for sake of time–AND because  It.  Needed.  WORK.

While the guys showered it with their expertise, I REworked the darker.  It lived by/in a South-facing window and was dry and sun faded.  A light sanding and over-staining brought it back, and I played with varying stains to match the seat.

Both chairs had the telltale evidence of original caning.  After talking it all out, caning WILL probably happen down the line, but for now, I’d cut wood for upholstered seats.  I used the caning holes to attach the seats -but very carefully- so not to damage anything for the later project.

mismatched PRESSED BACK chairs

I made seat patterns with heavy card stock paper, reduced the size a little, then used it to cut the wood seats and padding.  Both seats were covered with the incredible matelasse that was ordered from Italy for Judy’s french ladder back chairs *I can’t remember if I showed you those at the end…??

Here they are, just before REdelivery.   Plus that mirror you see behind them—which is another story I’ll share soon.

mismatched PRESSED BACK chairs

Here’s the darker pressed back–with its mate.  It’s actually in pretty good condition, with exception to the busted out caning.

Catherine

mismatched PRESSED BACK chairs

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I’m still here -but-

LIFE has just been more than a

LITTLE bit crazy.

For a while now.
Now don’t think I haven’t been working on projects…

it's just LIFE

it's just LIFE

French country ladder back chairs

One such project has been making over 4 French country ladder back chairs.

The rush seats were totally shot, and the stain color was very worn and “orange.”

HERE- they were waiting their turn at the strippers.  I also had the guys bleach the Cherry hoping to lighten them just a bit more.

sanding the French country ladder back chairs

W H A T.  a.  P A I N.  in the p’tutie to sand these buggers.

I tried using just about EVERY sander I own, and EVERY kind of sand paper and sanding sponge available.  There was just NO EASY WAY to tackle this job.

And it was SO dirty.

But I was totally loving that pale, light wood!

sanding the French country ladder back chairs

Below is a comparison for you to see,

WITH some disappointing results.

Once I had a chair fully sanded, I sampled several stain colors,

a brush-on water based clear coat,

and some clear wax so I could see what I liked best.

*The BRUSH-ON WATER-based clear coat did not change the color of the wood.

But as soon as the SPRAY OIL-based clear coat hit the wood~

the RED in the Cherry popped again.

sanded & clear coated

After a little conference call with the strippers, it was thought that the OIL-based clear coat was at fault.

So I used a SPRAY WATER-based clear coat on the next chair with essentially the same result.

I did notice that the water-based brush-on was sort of “milky.”  And apparently THAT made all the difference in keeping a pale wood tone. But I was UNwilling to clear coat all the chairs with a BRUSH!

Next up—the Italian Matelasse upholstery!

Catherine

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. . . there’s a missing wall in this space.

Because it used to be ONE – HUGE space and is now subdivided.

And the neighbor has this large 3-paneled screen.  With a dog.  A ridiculous dog.  Annoying me to NO END.  So I’ve come up with a remedy I’ll work on today.  Otherwise, I’m trying to take it easy today—I need a day off!

I NEED that beach I’m dreaming of…sigh

THIS is my HaPPy PLacE!

Okay~ dream over~ well, deferred

~

what's WRONG in this picture?

WHAT doesn’t belong here . . . hmmmm . . .

Catherine

what's WRONG in this picture?

Ottilia Catherine's pop up estate sale!

Ottilia Catherine's pop up estate sale!

Ottilia Catherine's pop up estate sale!

AND there’s WaY more waiting for space to free up. . .

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OTTILIA CATHERINE's pop up sale

At last~

things are mostly unpacked, cleaned, staged, and tagged.  The space for this sale is FULL! And numerous things are stashed in the wings to fill it back up when space opens up.

TIRED is a fit description and I am dreaming of a hot, sunny beach and a bottomless drink!

Thought I’d share a couple more of those quick projects to jazz things up for the sale!

A very quick rocker and chair REcover!

using an old mattress pad for upholstery!In the haste of time I guess I forgot BEFORE pictures~again.  The chair got a full on paint job, but the rocker just needed cleaning and polishing.

BOTH needed a new seat and I had to cut wood to fit and start from scratch.

-I used sagless burlap on the chair and

-believe it or not-

an old mattress pad on the rocker!  The soft “patina” and stitching pattern was absolutely perfect for this caned rocker.

You just never know where the best “fabric” can come from  ; D  always keep an open mind!

And BTW-

I dug through a box of old lace & pillow flange tatting we found to use for trim instead of gimp or welting on some of these projects!

just a great old rocker!

just a great old rocker!

sagless burlap and old pillow flange trim

sagless burlap and old pillow flange trim

I forgot to iron out that crease mark in the sagless burlapoooops!
THIS burlap is tightly woven and SOFT!  And, I think, fine on an occasional chair seat.

Catherine

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Besides MY OWN crazy array of the usual projects,

I have been ~ I am

juggling projects for 2 other families!

TOO MANY projects at once!

For Judy~ REstyling some ladder-back chairs AND a trestle table,

plus a REdesign for a change of TV.

And THEN there is a “pseudo estate sale” for a senior couple leaving their home of MANY years–overwhelming and exhausting in the best of circumstances.  I’ll be helping them sell their treasures at the antique mall beginning April 1st!

The preliminary work is almost daunting–almost.  One bite at a time, it’ll get done!  Dressers are getting stripped–one completely REstyled!  Things are getting painted, even REcreated—

and EVERYthing is getting cleaned and polished!

Bear with me—COOL PICTURES ARE COMING!  I promise!  ; D

Catherine

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Knocked down, stripped, sanded, REstained & sealed—

and REcovered at last!

Grandpa's rockers

Again~

Grandpa's rockers~ the last one!

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!

Grandpa's rockers~ the last one!

*Notice the “extra heavy” on this grain sack!  ; D

Grandpa's rockers~ the last one!

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!

Grandpa's rockers~ the last one!

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!

Grandpa's rockers~ the last one!

*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. . .

Catherine

Grandpa's rockers~ the last one!

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