These were a relatively quick fix, as I really like the tone of the wood and I thought it suited the chairs’ shape. I also already had a modern black and white fabric on hand (which I purchased from my good friend, Jesse!). And I have been so inspired lately by all the images of black, white, and wood I have seen in the design world lately… black and white can feel very stark, but throw in that warm natural tone, and bam, cozy chic!
To begin, I unscrewed all of the seats from the chairs, removed the disgusting vinyl, and recovered them (much like I did these chairs) with the black and white graphic. I then set the seats aside while I worked on the chairs.
For the chairs, I simply used my trusty Howard’s Restor-a-Finish. I used walnut, which was darker than the chairs, but I knew it would sink into the dry areas and give the chairs a little bit of patina, maintaining that vintage look. I simply applied it with a rag and allowed it to dry. Once it dried (after about 10 minutes) I applied Howard’s Feed-n-Wax. (Apparently Howard likes his hyphenation!)
Here you can see the chair on the left has been treated and the chair on the right has not. It’s a very subtle difference, but it just gives it that warmth and luster they needed. You can see the light scratches on the chair leg on the right, compared to the areas that WERE scratched on the leg on the left…. the leg on the left now has a bit of a darker look there. Like I said…. patina!
So with just a couple rags and these two products, the wood frames had new life! Here they are all together…. all 6 of them!
I love how the modern black and white plays with the warm vintage wood.
These made their debut at Sweet Clover at our February sale. They are definitely more taste specific as most of our customers prefer painted chairs, and the midcentury look can still be a struggle at the barn. (I love it, but not all of our customers do). So they are still there, but I know their perfect owner will come along and love them like I do! Here they are staged in the barn with a gorgeous antique dining table, and beautiful dishes from Relish Decor.
Oh, and you may recognize that table…. I painted it a while back and while I love my dark colors, our customers don’t always love them like I do! So I repainted it with some Old White Chalk Paint and I have to admit I love it so much more!