Monday, September 26, 2011

Chairs For the Bonus Room, Using What I Have

I need chairs to place at my newly beautified table in the bonus room! While I would love to just go shopping to pick up a few, I have four "spare" chairs sitting in the garage, extras we bring in when lots of people come over for dinner. Instead of sitting in the garage, why not "store" them in the bonus room!


The problem? They are not looking so hot! Purchased when we moved into our first house, a couple years ago I refinished four of them to place in our kitchen nook. 


The "after"chairs in the nook, sanded and repainted a fresher ivory, they look new!


DIY Bamboo Light Fixture project also pictured above }

I had intended to refinish to the remaining four at that time, but you know how it goes! Once you even take a brief "pause" on a project, it's hard to get back!


Last time my approach was to sand them and it was a huge job...strangely I'm feeling a bit too lazy to go down that path this time around.


So I slathered on a bunch of Smart Strip to see if it removed the finish, for an expedited process. 

....24 hours later...


Oh, not bad! Wiping off the Smart Strip I see nearly clean wood. 

Still, don't expect this project to be complete overnight!

27 comments :

  1. Wow I had no idea you refinished those chairs in your kitchen nook. I always thought you bought them that way. It's a lot of work but it is worth the trouble!

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  2. This looks like a lot of work but I am sure you will work those chairs like a pro! (because you are)

    Looking forward to see the finished product and the room!

    Have a great week, Janell!

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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  3. Great looking chairs!
    Have your painted chairs held up?
    I have always wondered if they would eventually chip from a lot of use.

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  4. Ooooo, love them! What a dramatic change. They will look like a mid-century modern touch in the room. Well done!

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  5. You are the queen of patience! I know you will finish them and they will look fabulous. I am loving your room by the way. That wallpaper really knocked it out of the park!

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  6. Fantastic project. What a transformation. I am especially impressed that you stripped the chairs first... I would have tried to do the "sand and paint" version of that job. I am all about short cuts. You inspired me to strip two bombay side chests and maybe wax them after? We will see.

    mb from Dallas

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  7. Refinishing really is a labor of love... I nearly gave up and cried when I did our bed :)
    But I know you'll do something amazing with them!

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  8. I've always been a "use what you have " kind of girl, and these chairs will be a perfect complement to what you have going on in the bonus room. You're a bit more industrious than I. I probably would have wiped them down and pulled out the spray primer and paint. I'm sure yours will last longer and look better! Hang in there!

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  9. Looking forward to seeing how these turn out...as always, I know they'll be fabulous...everything you do is!

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  10. Wow, love those chairs. Can not wait to see them.

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  11. There may be a storage of Smart Strip in the future.

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  12. I'm sure they will be fabulous with your 'new' table. I'm enjoying watching this room come together!

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  13. you are a DIY beast!! if i had those chairs, i would totally paint them another color before i had to strip them...but, i know that you have super-human energy and ambition and will make them look amazing!

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  14. I wish I could bottle your energy! And instead of doing it the lazy way and just painting over them, you always go the proper route and strip them down. I guess that's why your projects always look like a million bucks! xo

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  15. The first four chairs have held up well, considering they are in the nook! A few nicks and dings, but still looking good.

    For this four I'm kind of hoping I can figure out how to make the molded plywood look good with some kind of wood finishing product...either Briwax in one of their colors or Tung oil...or something! But first I have to get all the paint removed, and YES, Soon there will be a Smart Strip shortage in my own home!!

    Janell

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  16. Smart Strip sounds like something I need in my home! You are amazing how you are always sanding, stripping, re-doing, re-purposing...I love it!!

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  17. You definitely don't take the easy way out on your projects:) I'm looking forward to seeing how these turn out.

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  18. Smart Strip sounds amazing..have to get myself some of that. I'm sure the chairs will look amazing - worth all the effort.

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  19. I can't wait to see what you do with the chairs. The smart strip looks pretty cool. Love that you can see the raw wood already.

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  20. Good morning,

    How do you do it all??!!! Fabulous they will look - well of course! - but where you get all the energy from is something we really need to study.

    A combination of a great attitude and some fun Pilates classes, I am thinking...

    Hugs, Mon

    http://www.splendidwillow.com

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  21. You never stop...love the 4 ivory chairs and can't wait to see the others...know they will be fabulous!!

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  22. Can't wait to see the transformation. Your hard work is going to pay off, I just know it! ;)

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  23. Love the look of the wood after you stripped it! It has a great patina with some of the paint left in the grain. Could you just seal the chairs with with some wipe-on poly? Or would that "aged" look not work with your design? Keep up the hard work...we can't wait to see what you decide!

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  24. I really don't think anyone has put it that way before!. Your blog is definitely worth a read if anyone finds it. I'm lucky I did because now I've got a whole new view of this. Thank you!
    Blinds

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  25. Your garage will always have gems that you can refurbish and make these look brand new and could be used again. I have a few too in my storage room that I refurbished like children’s table and chairs set, a few storage boxes, and the like. Once you get the hang of refurbishing these, you will just continue doing it and eventually, you will save a bit of money.

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