I Love this chair, I always have. It's been a fixture in the household my entire life. My mother inherited it from her Aunt , and I in turn got it from my mother (not exactly true.. my Mom asked if I could recover it and I said yes, as long as it came to live with me. LOL It was at my mother's old house where my brother currently resides, and he was not doing the old man any favors!). Since my mother lives with me, she was ok with that : )
My mother estimates that this chair is most likely about a hundred years old... yes, 100 years.. It is a wonderfully made, timeless piece. The stain on the arms has completely worn off with age, but that does nothing to diminish it's charm. The chair itself is surprisingly not very heavy, but the cushions!! Good lord did they stuff them with lead weights! Actually the cushions are at least partially stuffed with HORSE HAIR! I think that is so cool. I only know this because the original material is very worn and you can see the stuffing in a few areas.
This project is a simple one, I did nothing to the chair except give it a good scrubbing and oiled it with Hemp oil. I recovered the cushions (..again, this is the third time for this bad boy) to match my redone guest room. (NOTE: I did not touch the original material, it is still there hidden under my first recover which were complete covers with zippers. I did not want to ruin the integrity of the original cushion).
*NOTE the entire room reveal is now posted here: http://www.hometalk.com/diy/bedroom/be-my-guest-gat-long-last-i-am-done-ok-justuest-bedroom-reveal-29031132