One day on a search for something that would be a great makeover project, I ran across two lonely chairs.
This is one of the beauties that I ran across in a barn. This little girl was the better looking of the two. I know by looking at the seat and back covering they really aren’t old. Oh, but wait after digging in and removing the very different cloth on the seat covering and backing I discovered they were older than first appeared. These are solid oak frames…..awesome bones for this makeover.
Well as you see someone really liked using the staple gun. There were only a few thousand and that was just in the seat. The backing had the other few thousand, but I finally got them all out.
After the backing was removed and the few thousand staples were taken out, I was left with lots of holes in this awesome wood. Some people just don’t appreciate what great wood some things are made of and really do lots of damage. Okay, enough standing on the soap box. Time to get back to the work of bringing these girls back o life. After filling in the holes with wood glue and sanding them smooth, it was time to begin the painting process. I began the painting process with Annie Sloan Chateau Grey. Now time to start working on the seat.
I jumped from a few thousand staples to a few thousand tacks. I removed the old webbing. It was in really good condition, however there was an odor from being in the barn and I really don’t think it would have been appealing to anyone sitting on it.
Getting close to the finish line with this one since it was now time to add the padding to the seat. Once I got just the right thickness it was time to move on to the covering. I really struggled with the seat covering. I went back and forth about 5 dozen times before I settle on the fabric design and I believe it fits just right. I have to admit I was so excited, that I was in the home stretch on finishing this project that I forgot to take a picture on the seat covering process.
Here she is the finished little forgotten barn gem that was left and to be forgotten. I only have one to show you, because my mother stole one of them to use as a photo demo she was doing. This was a great makeover project and I sure was lucky to find such great sturdy chairs and unique chairs to work with.