I was like “what?” I was like “huh?” This one ain’t (sorry Mrs. Lyndrup) going into the garden! We have the perfect spot for it in our living room, right next to the fireplace.
I stacked it carefully among the other million chairs in our garage until a few weeks ago.
Then I began to strip, and strip, and STRIP layer after layer after LAYER of wax and oils and whatever it builds up on wood furniture over time.
I used messy, gooey stripping gel twice then worked my way down to a gazillion pads of steel wool and mineral spirits (there’s got to be an easier way!). (There actually is, check out my post on stripping)
FINALLY the beautiful wood underneath was exposed.
I don’t know what kind of wood it is, but it’s GORGEOUS! I wanted it to resemble Koa so I stained it with a reddish brown stain. Wipe on, wipe off – I don’t even have any finish on it yet in these pictures! Oh my gosh! I LOVE this chair!
So this is my dilemma – what’s the best way to upholster this? I spent my entire life watching dad do this for a living so my standards are high, but my upholstery skills… not so much!
The seat must have some kind of weaving across the bottom because there were a gazillion staples holes around the chair. I made a pattern on a sheet of paper so I can cut a piece of wood, but I’m not really sure where to go from there.
I’d love to hear your suggestions! Click on the comment da’kine below.
A hui hou ~ Shelly
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