As first mentioned in our tweaking post, we added a $2 chair to our living room set up. It’s a little funny that we’ve grown our furniture collection with a yard sale find – only to have our own sale in August, isn’t it? In any case, we spotted her a few weeks ago, we decided the last thing we needed was another chair (for where?, we said), but we bought her anyway. A couple dollar impulse buy never hurt anyone.
She needs some work. But since bringing her home, we’ve been focusing more on our backwards learning rather than rushing through projects, so still she sits like this:
The sign reads CAUTION, because the seat is no longer attached. You can see she’s even missing a fourth screw to hold the bottom in place, and the holes themselves have been tirelessly gouged over time; they are far too large.
The black vinyl seat is spotted with old paint (we think), the backrest has been poorly stained with a shiny, honey color, and the iron frame, while sturdy, is pocked with rust, nicks, and mismatched screws.
We think this’ll be a quick fixer upper, and a few hours in an afternoon will have her looking pretty again. Stripping the old polyurethane off the back (and likely re-applying a dark walnut color) is a given, but Scott and I have gone back and forth on the frame and seat.
Originally, we thought a clean, white frame could add a breath of fresh air:
But… what if we went bold and bright instead? (Think apple red, sunny yellow or kelly green.)
Or we could pair the happy color with a sleek white seat. While running errands this weekend, we actually found a remnant swatch of white vinyl and surprisingly, we loved it. It’s easy to wipe clean, and on such a small surface, it won’t feel hot and sticky on a warm day. We didn’t buy it at the store, but after waffling on the idea for the afternoon, we’ve since ordered a yard from Fabric.com.
If we go with the white vinyl, we could always mix the old with the new and leave the original black frame as is and update the seat. (Again, keep in mind that the backrest will be stained a dark walnut with a less shiny, abrasive finish.)
Scott admitted he actually liked the rusty, old frame – we’ll call it, um, patina – and I agree. We’re leaning heavily towards the graphic colors of black + white, which leaves the option open for a fun, colorful pillow (always a good thing!).
Because the chair is hanging in our tweak-in-process living room, we’re keeping in mind our ultimate goal: toning down the dark, wooden window blinds, our once-gold curtain panels and colorful photo frames as to no longer compete with our already vibrant media wall. We’re always on board for punchy accessories (ahem, pillows!), but maybe it’s time we approach our tweaks with a minimalist approach, this chair included.
What do you think? How would you tackle this mini makeover?