Some weeks ago I bought three chairs in Kfar Truman, all of them were made around the 60's and in quite bad situation.
Today I finished the redoing of my favorite one, a very bad painted wooden chair with loose back and loose legs. At least the bad painting made it very easy for me to take all the color off.
From the beginning I really wanted to keep the chair with the original unpainted wood. But there were too many black stains, that I just could not get out. So I decided to try some of Caroline's home made stain color - black of course! And then I chose a beautiful textile designed by Ralph Lauren for the seat It is called "Native Orchid Floral- Batik" .
The lower part of the chair's legs, I painted in dark bluish- green..
I am very happy with the result and maybe I will keep this one for my self.
If you, who is reading this is interested in knowing what work lays behind
this product, so you are welcome to read about it here :
1. Remove old paint ( this time I was lucky since I could scrape it off with a knife)
2. Get out whatever that is not stuck from its place, like loose legs or back and sandpaper all very good, starting with a ruff paper and finishing with a gentle one.
3. Take out all that is stuck on the ends, can be a little tricky. And if you don´t do
this, eventually what you glued back on, will fall off again!
4. Get the old seat out and all the 100 staples and nails........Sand paper all.
5. Glue all the pieces together again and make sure you attached them right - mark before with numbers because you WILL forget which stick is going in which hole.
6. Remove glue from all surfaces.
7. Paint the chair, at least 3 times no matter what paint you are using and remember to sandpaper in between with a fine paper!
8. In my case, I used stain color, 3 layers and after you need some kind of oil to bind the color to the wood and I used cold-pressed flax oil.
9. After 15-20 minutes you have to wipe the chair really good with a cotton rag.
10. Then you will need a furniture wax and I used Beeswax to cover all the wood with and after 15 minutes you have to rub it all in with a cotton cloth, really good!
11. After the chair is real dry, you can move on to the seat.......... but that´s another story and some more hours:-)
Linnea & Caroline
2 foreigners in Israel trying to find their space. Up-cycling furniture and clothes for a better environment and future.
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