Tuesday, August 30, 2011

My Mid-Century Modern Dining Chairs

Pin It Now! When we first moved to Boise in January, we commissioned our talented friend, Shayne to build us a new kitchen table. For the first ten years of our marriage, we ate our meals at a tiny 2'x4' computer desk... functional but very cramped. So we indulged ourselves and hired Shayne to build us the table of our dreams. Solid walnut, clean lines, modern flair... we LOVE it. For months I searched for the perfect chairs to compliment it. Finally, I came across a set of six mid-century modern teak chairs on craigslist... $250 for the set. I seriously thought I had died and gone to heaven! I showed them to Denzil and he thought they were the ugliest things in the world, but I told him to trust me, and he finally gave in with a whatever.

So I pulled off the 50-year old upholstery and crusty foam and sanded the chair frames down to their bare wood. This took me many weeks and provided me with a high-fiber diet of sawdust. Then I restained them a dark walnut color and gave them three coats of satin lacquer. Even Denzil agrees that they do our new table some serious justice :)


As for the the upholstery, I was torn on whether to cover the seats with vinyl. I knew the chairs would see a lot of abuse from my kids, and finally came to terms that my beautiful chairs needed to be covered with some ghetto vinyl... I used a frosted clear vinyl over my fabric, which I think was a tad less tacky with its less-shiny glare. This is a picture of day two after finishing my chairs:

Spilled cereal? Nothing my waterproof vinyl can't handle ;) Yep, totally glad I went with the vinyl.

9 comments:

Reverse Clothing said...

I love the modern look. It's so easy to put together. You can't go overboard with it because everything is clean and simple.

Megan said...

I LOVE, love, love, LOVE that you're blogging again! Cute chairs!

Guy and Kat said...

wow that is a serious step up from your previous table - it is beautiful and looks right out of a magazine - the chairs are perfect!

Van said...

Excellent work,they look clean and modern- yet they're practical and spill-proof. My kind of project. I've not kids, but clumsy ;)

Monika said...

You are a genius.

Pamela said...

what great taste you have!

faithmgi@yahoo.com said...

Those look wonderful!! Do you mind telling me/us the color and brand of the stain you used? I love it!!

Jodell said...

The stain is oil based "Spiced Walnut" by General Finishes brand (two coats). The finish I used is the satin lacquer by Watco (three coats)♥

Anonymous said...

Your friend did a wonderful job on that table -- and your chairs are just beautiful!