|Lousy cell phone pic - but it really looked this bad!|
At one time, it had been painted and it had been mostly stripped of its paint by someone. Thank goodness as I'm not sure I would have had patience for those spindles. There was damage to the top of the back where the center had broken away. Because the top of the back was a mirror image of the bottom back, I was able to make a template and cut a new piece of wood that is joined and glued to the top back.
|Patching the damaged seat back - masking tape can made a great "clamp" for difficult spots.|
After a thorough sanding that removed the last residual paint and some discoloration, this chair was stained with a gel stain in hickory, and finished with two coats of a satin wipe-on polyurethane. It now has a subtle glow and hand rubbed finished.
The gross layers of previous upholstery were removed, and a thick seat pad was added over the original seat. The fabric is from Nate Berkus's home decor line. I like the rustic farmhouse quality of the chair paired with the clean modernism of the fabric.
This is a piece that shows its age but in the best possible way - it is perfectly imperfect as only aged, rustic, and solidly built furniture can be!