Monday, March 29, 2010

The Antique Dining Room Chair - Before & After

No joke, I think I have had this chair for 12 years and it's always looked like this:
My grandmother bought a set of 6 chairs at an auction once, and parceled them out one by one to members of the family.  Most recovered them quickly, however I just sat the chair in a corner, used it as a step-stool from time to time, or maybe set a pillow on top of it to hide the cracked top.  Each time I moved, the chair made the trip, even though it was cracked and was getting quite rickety.
You can tell by the underside of the chair that it has been recovered many, many times!  I'm not sure how old the chair is, but the writing on the top of the seat indicates that it was either made by, or once belonged to a man in Fairbault, MN.  How it ended up in Missouri at an auction I have no idea!  Months ago I bought the material to finally recover the chair.  
I used wood glue to fill the cracks and tighten things up.  Then the chair just sat upstairs with all the materials piled on top.  Finally, on Saturday, I pulled out the staple gun and finished the job.  It's not perfect, but looks better than before.
It's amazing what motivation it is to have both sets of grandparents and a baby arriving in a week with lots of unfinished projects around the house.  Not sure how many I'll finish this week, but the pressure is on.

I will be checking into the hospital at 6 a.m. on April 6 and am not sure when I will be home again.  Lots of changes coming our way, so let's hope I can roll with it all.

All for now,

The Real Housewife of Sheboygan County

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