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Sunday, September 12, 2010

restora[tion]

During halftime of the Georgia/Carolina game, I made a quick trip to the Habitat for Humanity Re:Store downtown in search of dining room chairs. Jeff & Katie had offered us a table that they have in their attic, but there are no chairs. I had this idea that I would gather 6 mismatched chairs, paint them all the same color and cover the seats in matching fabric that I purchased a while back. See fabric below.


Well, little did I know that I would find an entire dining room set for $75! It was all I could do not to purchase it on the spot, but the guy assured me that he would hold it until I brought my husband back to see it. Of course we had to wait til the end of the game. Priorities, right?

Rest assured, it was still there! And Brian liked it as well. It appeared to be in pretty good shape. Very stable (at least the chairs), and a cool mid-century modern style. A table & 6 chairs. It has a lot of scratches, but we think we can restore it. See the "before":


We spent the day today sanding & staining, and replacing the fabric on the seats! Unfortunately the chairs are still drying, so you can't see the "after" yet. Here are the chairs drying:


But here's a sneak-peak of what the fabric looks like on the chair (pre- sanded & stained):


The table will have to wait. In the process of recovering the chair seats, I discovered that the dining set is from the Ramseur Furniture Co., and was dated from 1962. Pretty cool.

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