Many years back, my mother purchased some old wooden folding chairs (circa 1940s?) at a yard sale for $1.00 each. They ended up going to my sister which she has used as accent chairs around her home in various rooms or as extra seating during holidays. Most recently she had been using them on her front porch as decorative accents. They have gotten a little weathered but were still in relatively good condition. I asked her if I could have them for my table (hey, it doesn't hurt to ask!) She said, "yes". Yippee! Could these be the missing pieces to my puzzle?
|The chair in the foreground has not been conditioned yet. Note the Before and After finish.|
I cleaned them up with a damp rag first, let them dry and then applied butcher block conditioner to them. This stuff is amazing - made up of mineral oil and natural waxes, it's a safe wood conditioner with no harmful odor or toxins. I have used it on many wooden implements and vintage wooden bowls too. Great for those of us who like to repurpose old items!
|A great product to try for conditioning old wood|
The conditioner gave the chairs a deeper, more rich finish that closely resembled the wood tones of the table.
|Not bad, eh?|
|Unexpected, similar design elements help establish cohesion|
Another great similarity between the table and the chairs is the "X" feature of the chair legs to that of the support bars at the table's base. Talk about a cohesive element - as though the chairs and table were intended to unite as one! Every time I walk through this area I have to marvel at the completed ensemble. I'm quite pleased with the new seating additions and the overall look. Hard to believe the set was essentially free (to me). Must be Frugal Design!
Have you found some old, unique chairs that you have paired with a table. Perhaps some mismatched ones that you have unified with spray paint? Share your thoughts! Craigslist can be a great source for free, "throw-aways" you can breathe new life into.
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