Making Exceptions – Ornate Chair with Claw Feet

25 Jan

After spending 3 hours Saturday – and another 3 hours Sunday delicately sanding all the detailed lines on this vanity (not to mention a million other prior weekends also dedicated to sanding this)….

and it’s claw feet….

I swore to myself I would never ever restore another piece of detailed or ornate piece of furniture again.

It had to be completely sanded because most of the paint was either cemented on or flaking off. It was a lumpy mess.  I rarely use paint remover.  I’m not sure what I do wrong but it just never works well for me. And it wasn’t possible to use my orbital sander due to the risk of damaging the detailed features.

So all the sanding took a toll on my manicure!  And my patience.  I was so adamant about only refinishing simple and FLAT projects in the future…

And then along came this chair. Detailed, carved, and lots of design.

I saw it on craigslist for $20 and bought it immediately.  Claw feet. I just couldn’t resist! It will match my desk so well.

And then of course I got a little more than I bargained for.  When I went to pick it up, I realized one of the arms and legs were loose.

And the entire chair is dented and chipped.

The fabric appears to have tire tread marks and bird poop.  WTH?  Oh well, the fabric will be replaced anyway!

Overall, I am pretty excited about this chair.  For $20, I am still happy with the purchase.  The chips and dents can easily be fixed with wood filler. It is a heavy solid chair made with high quality wood. The other things that need repairing will just give me more experience.  I’ve never repaired loose legs or arms before…and this will be my first upholstery experience! Woot!

And there is more good news….I finally finished all the sanding on my desk! I worked long and hard Monday after work with the final necessary sanding. I was so pumped, I stayed up late last night priming it.  All the hand sanding really paid off because the desk is smooth and flawless!

Right now, it has one thin layer of primer on it.  Today I plan to sand and prime more, and repeat…with more thin layers of primer. Can’t wait until I can actually paint it!

It will be still be painted red.  Rojo baby!

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6 Responses to “Making Exceptions – Ornate Chair with Claw Feet”

  1. Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons January 25, 2011 at 5:43 pm #

    you’re flipping amazing…. come find me fun furniture next!!!! Do you hand sand or do you have a little machine-y thing? Great terminology I use, eh? haha

    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

  2. Angie & Carrie January 25, 2011 at 9:32 pm #

    Jenn, I have a orbital sander but it covers a large flat circular area of 8″ so it was not possible to use it on this. So I was forced to hand sand. Grrrr! Boy it was a work out. My little arm muscles are bulging now. LOL!

  3. Angie & Carrie January 26, 2011 at 6:01 am #

    Great find Angie!!! Can’t wait to see it finished!

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