Children's Chairs - Before

October 25, 2017

Ok, so I like hunting for and finding children's chairs.  Why?  Well, they are actually pretty hard to find, but oh, the potential for rescue, repair and a new life.  Who ever said, "Oh remember those plastic chairs we used to sit in when we were kids"?   No one.  But the little solid oak chairs?  Now, those are keepers.  Ok, so I choose the hard route when it comes to putting my artistic ability to the test.  What's new, really?  The folks who know me best, know that nothing in life has come easy for me.  Maybe that makes me a better candidate for tackling the stuff no one else wants to mess with.  Ok, so be it.  I'm up for it!  I get a lot of pleasure from taking something that needs some work and redoing it so others can enjoy it.  I recently found some 23" solid oak children's chairs at a yard sale.  I did the pinch test; I wasn't dreaming!  They are really solid oak and screamed "Sunday School" rejects.  I only saw the beauty in the potential.  I was so excited to find them, even knowing they all needed some surgery before I could get to the fun part of decorating them.  While I was working on each one, it was funny to see gum stuck under some of the seats!  What little toddler in Sunday School was allowed to chew gum?  I mean these chairs are only 23" tall which means they were built for really tiny people (guessing 2 - 3 year olds).  Who gives gum to a 2 - 3 year old?  Anyway, you will be surprised to learn (as was I) that the old gum under the seat was still gooey after all these years!  Yucky!  Most of the seats on these little darlings had splatters of red and green paint (art project?) was full of dust and the seats were split in multiple sections.  That meant disassembling, repairing and then putting them back to together before a basecoat of paint was ever applied.  My Mama always said, "Do it right the first time or don't do it at all".  I learned a long time ago to do it right the first time...  Turns out that was handy advice if you are going to become an artist and expend an exorbitant amount of time on repairing and painting children's chairs.  I'm not about to spend my time fretting over the art that goes into these chairs if they are in bad shape.  I take pride in my work and that includes the foundation on which the art is applied.  Thanks again, Mom.  Great advice.  No kidding.  Anyway, here are a few pictures of the "before" repairs and of some in progress up to the basecoat.  Check back for the "after" pictures".





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