The previous owner had left all sorts of junk in the garage and in the shed. It was a bit overwhelming. Hidden in the junk were a few treasures. We were able to go on a Home Depot shopping spree and we found some chairs that needed some love. I remember seeing 4 chairs in the garage and shed and hoped that the previous owner would leave them behind. They had such cute lines and lots of potential. We ended up with 3 of them.
I decided to try my hand at refinishing one of them. I picked the one that had the green grout all over the wood. I figured that I couldn’t really mess it up more than it already was. Since this was my first time doing this I didn’t want to document my potential failure, so there are not any during pictures.
This is one of the chairs that still needs work:
The wood is dried out, splattered with paint, and the finish is uneven. The steal legs are missing paint and the little leg tip covers. The fabric is stained, dirty, and washed out all at once. The original fabric is under this fabric, but it is falling apart (the combination of lovely Florida humidity and being stored in the garage for at least 2 years).
It was very easy to take apart. Just eight screws, 2 plastic leg tips, and 12,463 staples and it was ready to go. The wood got sanded and stained, the base got sanded and painted, and the seat was also sanded and recovered with new batting and fabric.
I will probably take step by step pictures when I refinish the other 2. If you have any questions, please ask away. I was surprised how well it turned out. I don’t think the pictures do it justice.
The wood is so soft and smooth now. The fabric, bought on Etsy, is a great mid-century print. I had such a hard time narrowing down which fabric I wanted to use. I’m really glad I chose this one. All the chair legs have plastic tips now, thank you Ace Hardware. It’s just so cute.
Turns out these little chairs are Clifford Pascoe imitations of chairs designed by Paul McCobb. They seem to be from the early 1950’s. Follow this link to see an advertisement for the chairs. I really wish I had all 4. Wouldn’t they be cute around a game table?
So, there you go. My sweet little refinished chair. I’m glad I tried to do this myself. It really wasn’t hard, just waiting time (waiting for stain to dry, waiting for fabric to come). Have you ever surprised yourself when trying a new project? It gives you a “I can do anything” confidence. Which I need to keep in check, because I’m tempted to try to refinish the tile floors in the master bathroom. Hey, I refinished a chair. How hard can tiles be? Famous last words.