New Life For An Antique Toddler Chair

12 Dec

James M. shared these photos with us of a chair remodel that he recently completed for some little ones in his life.

The first chair is one of a set that James bought for his sister’s children in 1960.  The second is a kit he ordered and assembled from Cohasset Colonials.   Here’s the first chair, taken out of storage.

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“They were pretty battered and grubby, as you can see, but in pretty good shape for all that. All I did with the seats was tighten up a couple bits of the grass (they’re natural) and coat them with shellac. I ordered up some Fancy Chair Yellow, Child’s Rocker Bright Red, and Soldier Blue from Old Village. All the decoration on both chairs is also Old Village Paint, mixed from what I had on hand. You can see some of my mixing on a board to the left of the second photo.

You probably can tell that the chairs are glossy where the Buttermilk Paint is flat. Because they’re going to toddlers and I figure they’re likely to be spilled on, knocked over, thrown about, chewed on, and anything else you can think of.

I coated each with blond shellac and a couple coats of wax to make them easy to wipe off. All the finish is non-toxic and the wax tastes absolutely horrible, so I’m hoping they’ll stay in pretty good shape for a while. The shellac really makes the colors pop and very slightly yellows the finish, making the chairs look a bit like old wooden toys, which is the look I was going for.”

dscn2923James, we think you did a beautiful job!  And little ones always feel so special when they have a chair that is just their size.  Thanks for sharing.

I have lived a long time and am convinced that God governs in the affairs of men. If a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? I move that prayer imploring the assistance of Heaven be held every morning before we proceed to business.- Benjamin Franklin

 To find your nearest dealer click here…  http://www.old-village.com/locator/index.php
To purchase Old Village Paint online click here…  http://colourcupboard.com
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