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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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Grandpa's rockersThere 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.

Grandpa's rockers

Well, you can see I brought my 1 back to REstore the “group!”

It just hasn’t had a full rejuvenationuntil 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!

Catherine

Grandpa's rockers

Grandpa's rockers~ the last one!

Grandpa's rockers~ the last one!

Grandpa's rockers~ the last one!

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https://freddyandpetunia.wordpress.com/2017/01/27/the-caned-chair-makeover/

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,

building this banquette,

for her using a king sized headboard.

mom's kitchen banquette

ME~working on the banquette

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!

the $5 beauty salon chair!

the $5 beauty salon chair!~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 vinylwhich 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!  the $5 beauty salon chair!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!

Catherine

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the breakfast chair makeoverA couple of weeks ago

I started working on the

new caned chair

found FOR the breakfast table.  A close match to what will be its mate!
I knocked it down,
primed it,
painted it,
and then it needed set up time so I detoured into painting the LL/lower level.  With THAT project wrapped up
(Hooray!)

I’ve returned to the chair!

I removed its wool and taped off/covered the muslin before priming and painting.

the breakfast chair makeover

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!

using the original chair cover as a pattern & one of my grain sacks

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.

the "new" caned chair getting a makeover!

Surprise! It's a Baker chair!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REupholstering the caned chair with a grain sack

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!!!

using RAW wool welting cord

using RAW wool welting cordThis 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~

Catherine

*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!

the cane chair made over!mismatched but similar caned chairs, brought together with paint and grain sacks!

 

mismatched but similar caned chairs, brought together with paint and grain sacks!

Just a small cozy breakfast space inside the kitchen.

mismatched but similar caned chairs, brought together with paint and grain sacks!

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REpainting the LL built-in

I am SO happy to say I have finally finished painting the Lower Level!

I’ve been washing and polishing everything to REstore the contents of the shelves—SO nice to see things sparkling clean!

It’s lighter and brighter and FRESH down here~YaY!  But~

I’m finished~bigger YaY!

~need to finish some details

Regarding the Banquette~

Just one detail is still UNdone—the upholstery trim finish of the banquette.  The default is to apply double welting, but I’m considering the COST & WORK of nail head trim——?
~idk

Until then, here is the banquette REloaded.

Additionally~ I really wanted to show you the lack of natural lighting and WHY I’ve been working on this project.

the Banquette REloaded!

the Banquette REloaded!

the REfreshed and brightened LL

the REfreshed and brightened LL in its natural light

It’s actually pretty good light for a small, North-facing, basement awning window, right?

There are two of these awning-styled windows for natural light.  The 2nd is exactly opposite (South-facing) in the kitchenette.  The surprise here is that this is the light from a gray day~we’re in a snow storm.

I would dearly LUV to change out the dining table but it came from our late beloved great aunties and m’ma can’t bear to let it go.  Which I do understand.  (one of my big brothers REfinished it for her) 

It’s from about 1920.  Because it’s a drop leaf style it “collapses” down to a very small footprint, BUT, has several leaves to stretch out to seating for 12!  ~I generally leave it set up for 8—perfect for all my sewing needs!

my pineapple chandelierDid I ever show you guys my pineapple chandelier?

I found it in a shabby chic-vintage store back home in Phoenix about 10 years ago ALL painted white.  A LOT of stripping and REpainting later~ I knew it would be perfect for my mother!

She loves pineapples~

Catherine

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~need to brighten this North LL cornerYes~I’m still in the Lower Level,

still working on the built-ins,

and still thinking about how to BRIGHTEN this North corner.

I may WANT mirrors, but I guess I’m too

cheap, frugal, thrifty, penny pinching, economical, miserly

—you get the idea—
to pay the price for them.  What can I say.

Until I find “a way,”  I’ve decided to paint the back of the built-ins with a very high gloss white-WHITE, in hopes it will do the trick.  For now.

~trying to brighten this North LL corner

You can see that I’ve also  -FINALLY-  added the last of the picture frame molding detail—it looks SO much better and more “finished” now!

AND, while I’m sharing details~thought I’d also throw out this one.

Do you leave your outlet covers alone, or,

do you prefer to paint them into the wall color?

to paint the outlet covers or not?

to paint the outlet covers or not?

to paint the outlet covers or not?

Generally speaking– I prefer to (dry-brush) paint them into the wall color, and just make them Go Away.  Likewise with any super visible vent covers~including painting the insides of the vents.  Do you do that too?

Catherine

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Groundhog's Day movieIt’s almost feeling like

Groundhog’s Day 

around here.  Almost.  Although my 4 sectioned~4 day project is on day 5 of actual work—I started last Friday.  What the heck~??

I broke my work into 4 sections, and saved the “worst” for last. Partly because this North corner bothers me.

*To clear up any confusion—I prefer to call this the Lower Level or LL because it’s too nice down here to be called a basement anymore!

the North corner of the LL (basement)The North corner is, well~ darker.

When I added the builtin down here, I actually wanted to put mirrors in the back wall of the shelving to reflect light and brighten things up.  As much as could be.  COST crossed it off my list, but I’m REthinking that once again.

I called for prices this morning.  Uhhh~let’s just say I’m still thinking about it.  Each side is 40½” wide × 46½” tall.  They quoted $122 per side. AM I CHEAP?  THAT’s crAzy!

PLAN B.  I asked about plain old glass being cut for each side— ½” thick $90 each, ¼” thick $70. Times 2 remember.  UNbelievable.  My thought was that I would silver the glass myself making it affordable~haha.

Then I considered glass (I would silver) to cover ONLY above the top 2 shelves—design magazines completely cover the bottom shelves.  Even THAT was $70’ish something!  YES.  I guess I AM cheap.

I checked if there were any mirrors in their Ooops section that could be REcut—?? You DO know most glass/mirror stores have an Ooops section, right?  Unfortunately, everything was too small.

Ok a y ~plan C.

I could paint the back with a silver leafing/metallic paint…

or A REALLY high gloss paint for a lacquered effect…?

Maybe I should check out the price and sizes of mirror TILES…?

the last of the 4 sections~and adding MIRRORS?

So~ 1 last potential option.

*BTW~ here’s an example of the ltd natural light.

1 last potential option~

Looking online, I found a mirror that could be FRAMED IN like a picture.  $24.46 × 2  which is a lot more to my liking.

I taped it out, and put the shelves back to get a visual.

I don’t know. . .

So it looks like my project is still in “Groundhog’s Day” limbo. . .

Catherine

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