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Monday, August 29, 2011

1989 Called and they said this was ugly even back then!

Now that's just mean. I'm sure in some office in some walk of life at some point this was the MAC DADDY of office waiting room chairs. I'm just sure of it. But because of their obvious hideousness I got them for 4$ a piece... not bad for real wood and soft cushions. So I sanded down the chair recovered the seat and now it's like modern and fashionable and all around fantastic! I love love this makeover!!! By the way the tag on the bottom that you're suppose to leave on or else you'll go to jail.. ya that one, well somebody took that pretty seriously because the original tag was on i and it said June 1989... So I thought it would be fun to see what was happening in 1989
Well Reagen was president (ah the good ol' days) Kelly and Zack were being broken up by A.C. Slater, The Berlin wall was coming down, Hurricane Hugo (which I lived through) hit Charleston S.C. as cat 4, New Kids on the Block were hotter than Katy Perry or Beyonce and apparently this chair was an asset in any up and coming office place. Go figure

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

"If it aint can still fix it"

So I'm visiting my old stomping grounds in South Carolina. My mom's house is chuck full of lovely cherry wood furniture. It's everywhere. So as I walked around the house in each room I asked her what I could refinish or what needed refinishing. She told me that one of the chairs could use a re-do. She told me that she was replacing this pretty piece of furniture. I have never refinished anything that wasn't trashed!!!! So I actually felt a little weird hauling this outside and sanding it down when it was a perfectly pretty shinning cherry finish wood... even more so while all the kids were swimming in the pool next to me. I went for it anyways. I decided to sand down the whole thing and paint the base white and adding a WALNUT stain to age the legs and also that same walnut stain on the top of the sofa table! How do you think it turned out???

So fun I was very happy with the way it turned out. My mama loves it too but I'm probably going to sell it on craigslist since as previously mentioned EVERYTHING in the house is cherry wood and this beachy, antiquey, cottagey piece doesn't quite match anything!