Awhile ago, probably last fall or so, my husband and I stopped at a moving sale. I don't think this was the first one they had, because not much was left. However, my husband found a couple small things...and I found a Duncan Phyfe style table with two chairs. You know I have a weakness, and...it was just $15 for all three pieces. Sold!
Of course, you get what you pay for, and these weren't in the greatest condition. Not too long after I got the pieces, I tried a quick fix for the table. You can read about that here.
The chairs ended up in the dining room, but were not used, because they just that bad. We moved and they waited in the garage for a place to go. I decided I wanted to use one as a desk chair for my desk I had put in the living room. The other chair I stuck across the room.
Now that these chairs had ended up in a heavily used room, they moved up the list of projects. The desk gets used frequently and needed a clean chair to go with it.
The hardest thing was deciding what to do with the frame. I love mahogany wood, but these chairs were in horrible condition. Here is just a tiny sampling.
That's really not that bad, but I assure you some parts were much worse, especially on the legs. I can't imagine what these poor chairs had been through.
Anyways, I actually thought about it a few days. Yes, I did. I tend to over think things. Then, I just grabbed them one afternoon, sanded down the worst spots, wiped them down super good, and started painting. I used Annie Sloan chalk paint in Country Gray. It is one of my most favorite chalk paint colors, right up there with Old White. I'm not too exciting when it comes to furniture paint colors!
I usually don't distress pieces too much, but with these I tried to slightly distress, especially on the backs. I'm still not sure if I like it or not. I then waxed everything.
Next, it was time for the actual seats. I had a bunch of fabric, that had been bought for the last house, but hadn't been used yet, and then we moved. We had bought fabric for making a cushion for a window seat in our old living room. Now that we didn't need it, I figured it wouldn't hurt to try it on these chairs. I also put in fresh batting.
So, how do they look? Do you like the distressing or do you think it would look better if the backs were all painted? Have a great weekend!
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