Thursday, November 23, 2017

Antique Chair & Fresh Eggs 25¢ sign

Thanksgiving Best Wishes
to my American Blogging Friends 

There is a bit of reminiscing with this project (and a couple of links to relevant older posts).

The antique (and repaired) child sized chair has been moved around our house for 15+ years. I love the hand work seen in this small chair (leg sizes not quite identical, inscribed areas not quite the same, wonderful curved piece holding the top of the spindles, colour seems to be oxblood red. I think there was white paint in its past too.

Years ago I filled in all the cracks with carpenter's putty (dry powder/mixed with water). That solved the seat split issue and it has stayed that way ever since.

I wanted to do as little as possible to this chair so the only changes have been experimenting with what type of color could be used to cover the putty filler to make it blend in somewhat.

Stain didn't make any difference so I tried chalk-like paint. I finger painted only the putty areas, first using a damp paper towel to moisten the area and then finger painting the Sedona Red, wiped back, used Beckley Coal and wiped back. I like the way the inscribed curved line on the chair is now visible.

The small areas of thin paint did tone down the putty colour and I decided to not make any other changes.

Hand applied hemp oil and then wiped the chair dry again a clean rag.

When I was in my 20's found a very vintage Suzy doll (closing eyes and a mama voice box)- and for some reason added a mohair dark brown wig. 

This dolly was a replacement for the Suzy I remember burying when I was very young (we were moving and for some reason...) so Suzy has the honour of sitting on the chair along with three very old and not so old dolly blankets and quilts

My sister Gail made the blue and white quilt. I had Suzy sit on primary school chairs in an earlier post.

Since this post has antique and very old favourite items I added a "Fresh Eggs 25¢"  sign - I have never seen eggs at that price.

Fresh Eggs sign on chair 
before I toned down the putty. 


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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Updating Dining Chairs

Two dining chairs were given a fresh look this week.

Chair # 1:

Found a sturdy dining chair at a very friendly 'flea market' held in a retirement community. Good price, brought it home.

Painted the chair with ASCP Napoleonic Blue. 2 coats and some touch ups. 

First coat of Napoleonic Blue on dining chair.

2nd coat of ASCP Napoleonic Blue.

Waxed with clear wax then polished

Next part of the project was the seat replacement. 

The chair seat was not quite comfortable (thin padding) so we removed it. I had a piece of beige with a blue plaid pattern fabric (picked up a few weeks ago at a church garage sale) plus quilt batting, some dense foam and a piece of 1/4" plywood. 

DH cut out the seat base (as traced)and I got the foam and batting ready.

Staple gun next up - and of course I can NOT find the stapler. I will add the actual SEAT on the chair when I do find the supplies ! The one below is a 'test fit' not the real covered seat.

This chair seat is NOT finished. Will update asap.

Chair # 2 

Short story - we bought 4 similar Queen Anne chairs for our dining room table way back - before 1979 when we were young. We had this table and wanted to make a set. I don't have an unpainted picture of the table (before blogging) - I painted the legs and frame white in October 2014. You can see a partial view of one Queen Anne chair behind the table (below).

We used to go to Port Moody to look for vintage furniture in an old building that was once a bank (they had sleigh beds and chairs hanging from the walls (crammed with junk and good junk) and an attic crammed full of vintage toys - and we bought the Queen Anne style chairs - they were full of nails and not pretty.

The best of them were heavy Queen Anne style chairs - solid ash or some kind of hardwood. My MIL and FIL liked working on needlepoint seat covers and between them they made 4 for those chairs. 

Over time the chair seats took on the patina of many family meals and daily wear and tear. The chairs eventually were mostly used elsewhere in the home, unless company was expected, (replaced with vintage wooden chairs).

I found a photo of two of the chairs in iPhoto's January 2008 Event folder (when we were getting close to finishing our kitchen renovation).

That is the 'back' story.

The repurposing began this month on the first Queen Anne chair.

Light sanding, some scraping with a thin bladed dinner knife to remove build up and drips from previous varnish 

3 coats of ASCP White. Sanded a bit between coats to remove bumps of paint. Waxed.

We loved the look and the chairs have been in use since then (I have one at my kitchen table that is 'always' there - it is DGS's chair). We did find a table to go with these chairs (see above) and used them together until 2007.

And - I never cleaned the seats even once in all those years. 

Decided to paint one of the Queen Anne chairs with ASCP White. Clear wax then buffed.

Cleaned the chair tapestry carefully. Put the seat back on the chair (its a push and fit).

Maybe the other 3 will get some personal attention in the future.

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Crate: Welcome To My Home

Added a stencil to a wine crate. Since there was a large bag of Christmas faux flowers handy they got their chance to shine in a late afternoon photo along with a Christmas teddy bear.

The wine crate from summer thrifting plus 2 stencils (Funky Junk Interiors "Welcome To My Garden") and the "HOME" stencil I made using a Cricut are the basis for this project to make a Welcome to My Home stencil on the side of the crate.

Waxed with ASCP Clear Wax to seal the paint (and waxed the handles, sides and front.

Sequence of adding Welcome to My Home

I am using this crate as a container for Christmas themed table cloths in my booth at Village Antiques Mall.

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 Tarah at To Grandma's House We Go Nov 22/17 

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