Friday, May 13, 2016

even chairs have feelings

 This chair belonged to my grandparents. It sat in their attic for a long time. Before that, it sat in their cabin in northern Wisconsin. It also sat in my living room, just like this, for a while. I could not bear to part with the memories.
My grandfather. The chair. 1959.
 We never used the poor thing so I decided to give the chair a new lease on life.
 Scary 80 year old cushions!
 The bare bones....and this chair has amazing bones.
Wax. Buff. Repeat.
 New cushions.
Updated. Pinto approved. The chair is feeling pretty awesome now!
I like to think my grandfather would approve too.

22 comments:

  1. You're always bringing new life to old things! I love how you kept the "leaves" theme...pretty muted blues & grey's.
    It looks richly polished and comfortable. For humans only, yah? ;)

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    1. Most definitely for humans only! (Although I do admit I thought about putting one of the dogs on the chair.....just for a photograph.)

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  2. YES.
    the chair has good bones, and now it has good looks. [~wink]
    i love that you did this....

    [i read that the japanese believe if an item reaches 99 years of age, it develops a soul. the point of that story is,
    we are to take care of things, regardless of its age.]
    xx

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    1. I like that....the idea that even an object develops a soul. We ARE here to take care of things, aren't we?
      xx

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  3. p.s. look up *tsukumogami....

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    1. Loved this!! No wonder the antiques speak to me!

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  4. He would definitely approve. I love what you do! Another heirloom treasured and preserved. Bravo!!

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    1. Thank you! I am a big believer in preserving heirlooms. (And I'm learning quite a bit about preservation along the way!)
      x

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  5. wow-- this chair was worth preserving, both for the memories and the good bones! you did a wonderful job. antiques speak to me, too, and i'm a big believer in reuse*repurpose*recycle! i just picked up a big old buffet at my favorite shoe box-sized treasure-sourcing shop and my daughter is going to turn it into my new/old bathroom vanity! can hardly wait!
    xx

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    1. I have been in love with this chair for as long as I can remember and it was an honor to restore it. And these antiques....they do have stories to tell!

      What a great idea....the buffet/vanity project! Post a few photos when it's finished!
      xx

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  6. Love the fabric and how it just belongs there. That's a lovely chair:-)

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    1. Thanks! I believe it's happy in my living room. :)

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    1. YES! R E A L furniture! A rare thing these days! :)

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  8. You did a beautiful job!! That is a gorgeous piece of furniture!! I'm sure your Grandpa is smiling right now. : ) xoxo

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    1. Thanks, Wendy! My Grandpa was always amused by my obsession with antiques. I think he'd like what I did with his chair. :)
      xx

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  9. A very cool old chair, and love that photo from 1959.

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    1. The coolest of old chairs! And the old photo....priceless. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  10. I love this...I think all old pieces of furniture have stories to tell...

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    1. Imagine the stories our old furniture could tell!

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  11. Love the chair, awesome job on the refurbishing.

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