Monday, July 26, 2010

A Free Chair

My friend Janice brought me a chair that was "abandoned" in the hallway of her new offices. At least no one came hunting it down for the five minutes it sat there. Just kidding, she let it sit there for DAYS!

I loved it from the minute I saw it! I immediately thought I would paint it white and the back part that has scratched up leather I would replace with some neutral linen I had, maybe even add a little padding, and use brass upholstery tacks around the edge! Then I was gong to make a cute ruffled chair cushion with the same linen. It would definitely look fantastic in my sewing room! You can imagine it right?? It would look great! It did have a little flaw though....

the seat had a crack in it. No problem though. I would add a metal brace underneath to keep it from splitting anymore!

Here is where Hubby enters the picture! He unloads the chair from my car and say's it would be sacrilegious to paint the chair, this is an antique and should be restored to it's former glory, and I cannot put a brace underneath it, it needs to be totally reglued, blah blah blah...... So here it sits in my dining room, while we are at a standoff!

I created another of my stands this weekend, but this one didn't come out as I wanted. It was a metal candlestick glued to a cheese dome. For some reason it orange kept coming through the paint on the candlestick part.

I had started with spray paint, and then I used kilz (still there) and then I used bush on paint. Nothing will get rid of this orange color! I'm not quite sure what I could try next!!!

Random question? Why are pinwheel steaks not available in the spring, winter or fall? I really have to go out of my way to find these in the summer.

I marinate them in worstershire sauce and grill them! Ummmm a family favorite! I sure would enjoy them at other times of the year. I can never buy enough to stock in the freezer either. They only have a couple of packages at a time!

Be back soon!


Renee said...

Oh my! I love that chair too. Who in their right mind would leave such a treasure behind? She's a beaut. Now, I'm sure white would match your home decor much better than plain ol' oak.. and you love pretty fabrics and pleats.. so I'm sure the picture in your mind would blend beautifully with what you already have going on.. But, (you knew it was coming) I love oak so much that I too can not paint it. No, oak is not in style.. it does not say new.. but for me, it screams history.. and I just can't do it. It's some kind of mental disorder I'm sure. :)

Maybe you could just have one of your sons put on the metal plate, then paint it and slip it into your sewing room.. if your hubby is like mine, he'll never miss it.

That steak looks yummy. Look in to having one of those meat companies deliver you some for your freezer. We've done it before.. it's a little cheaper and the meat is still pretty good. Just a thought.

Susan said...

I just discovered and am loving your blog but you nearly stopped my heart with your plans for that chair! I *implore* you not to paint it. This might be starting our relationship off on rocky footing, but I have to side with the Mister.

Renee is right, it does scream history. That gorgeous wood also screams of quality that you just can't find any longer. Perhaps if the dark wood isn't your thing, you will pass along that treasure to someone who will appreciate it in a restored, not re-imagined, state.

Please, I will seriously lose sleep over the fate of that chair.