This chair may seem like just a chair to you, but for me, it is my history!
Supposedly, my great grandmother brought it with her in a covered wagon all those years ago! There were four chairs originally, but two went to my uncle and my dad got two.
Years ago, my grandmother had painted them white, but once they were given to my dad, he started the process of removing the paint.
Then, the task was on me to finish the chairs. I am a very driven person and I do not like tasks left undone! Which can be good, and bad... I wear myself out sometimes because of that trait! And I always laugh to myself when people ask, "So, what do you do for a living"? I have been saying substitute teacher, but now I say blogger, and I get some raised eyebrows?! I spend hours each day, creating a product to blog about, then the blog, then I am always researching how to do it better, and how to get advertisers! I am way off track now...sorry, back to the chairs!
I used CitriStrip Stripping Gel! I love that stuff, and I do not get paid to make that statement! I used it on my dining room table, my work desk, and now the chairs! It is safer to use, and the smell is pleasant. Plus, it works like crazy!!!
This is one of the chairs, and Dad had removed most of the paint except in all the crevices. After painting on the CitriStrip, I had my #OOO steel wool and a putty knife ready to go! I was determined to get every last spot of paint off!!
After working on the crevices for a while, I finally took a wire brush and got the rest out. Did I tell you that patience is not one of my virtues?! Then, I used Minwax Wood Finish Penetrates, Stains, and Seals in Fruitwood because I wanted them to look natural as they probably were at the turn of the last century.
Then, I added foam padding to the seat, covered it in a stain-resistant fabric making sure the stripes were centered, and stapled it on the seat with a staple gun making sure the screw holes where not covered up. (Make sure your fabric is really tight. You don't want it wrinkling when you sit on it!). Then, screwed on the seat! And finished!!! My great grandmother would have been pleased!!
I love history, and finding out my own as been fun! I started Ancestry.com, and am very pleased with it! So, when I am relaxing at night, I am researching my family. I might let you know what skeletons I have in my closet!!
Have a good day! Make it productive, but fun!
Hi, I am Sharon Farmer. I am married, have a great son and sweet daughter-in-law, my parents moved down here years ago, so we share a house (Mom passed away almost two years ago now), and I am ready for a change in my life....hence the blog!