Children's chairs refinished for library

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Project by Mainiac Matt posted 03-07-2012 11:33 PM 1924 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I didn’t go looking for this project and wasn’t very thrilled about it at first, but after my wife agreed to “put a coat of paint on these old chairs” for our small local library, it turned out to be a great opportunity for us to do a project together in my new shop. The first to be done on my new bench.

I’m guesssing that these chairs are circa the 1930’s, as they had very old looking tags from a furniture mfg. in Boston on the bottoms.

Step one was to bust apart about 2/3 of the joints on the legs and ties, and then reglue them….. not the first time this had been done…. but they turned out sturdy.

So my wife came up with the idea to pick up a few children’s books form Good Will for decoration.

We roughed up the finish of battered paint with sand paper and applied two coats of Behr Premium Plus “Cobalt Blue”.

The artwork from the books was clipped and laminated onto the seats with Mod Podge, at the recommendation of two art teachers.

Two coats of Minwax Polycrylic over all with an third one on just the seats.

Turned out to be a lot of work, but they will be fun for the kiddies in the children’s section of the library.

-- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#1 posted 03-07-2012 11:54 PM

Fine looking paint job

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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