So first off, full disclosure: this is NOT a quicky project that you can expect to knock out within the afternoon (unless you just are that determined), so it’s very important that you have the space available to store your chairs. I know this may seem rather obvious but if you (like me) operate out of your home and/or have limited square footage, you REALLy don’t want to have a living room or kitchen cluttered with half-finished chairs, especially since you risk scraping or scratching them. Not all that convenient. I’ll say that it took me (with a full time job and a house in the process of being renovated) about a week to complete my set of four chairs. It may differ in your case, but I think a week is an apt estimate. In short, have a spot to stash them while you’re not working on them. It’ll save you a headache and definitely some stubbed toes.
Anyway, moving right along. I know that you’re not here for storage advice. What brought you to this post was (I hope) this adorable chair set!
Well, these beauties came to me (as a great majority of my projects do) from my mom who had snagged them for $10 a piece at a junk antique shop in Northern Virginia. I gotta say, the woman has a nose for bargain hunting. While on a day trip up to see her, I got to see them for myself and fell in love instantly. Were they old? Yes. Were there some dings? A couple. Were they (shudder) brown? Oh yeah. But despite the scratches from (I assume) multiple generations of use, and the blandness of their color, they were still gorgeous! Ladder back design with newly rehabbed rush seats, great detailing, strong legs, and best of all: real wood! Not an ounce of pressboard or formica to be found. Perfect project material!
After loading the set into my car (I always keep my back seats empty when I visit my mom because there’s always a 90% chance she’s got something for me to take home) and driving the two hours back to Charlottesville, immediately got to work.