Just a sneak peak at what I've been busy doing lately--besides Spring Break! My husband and I celebrate our 15 year anniversary in May. These chairs, along with a dining table, were our first purchases together as a married couple. We bought the table and 6 chairs at an antique auction for our little apartment dining area. All I've ever done to it is recover the chairs....almost 15 years ago. Our family has out grown the table (we can't push the end chairs up under the pedestals on the ends, so it really only seats four comfortably), but I'm still in love with the chairs. I just can't part with the whole set (remember I'm a pretty sentimental gal), so I've decided to keep the chairs and refinish them.
I'm tired of the dark wood and shiny varnish-it just looks "cheap" to me. I stumbled across almost 2 yards of this great fabric for only $25 and it inspired me to go ahead and get started. The original chair is on the left. The chair on the right has been sanded down and recovered. I love the new upholstery!
Now I have to decide if I want to leave it with this weathered, distressed look; paint it; or add a little stain and a matte varnish..... I love the way the details show up with all that dark stain sanded off. Would love to hear what you think???? Any other ideas or suggestions??? I've never refinished a piece of furniture before to this degree. Now five more chairs to go : )