No, we didn’t make these chairs from scratch. But don’t they just look like they were made for our custom table?
So when we finished the table, we knew we needed some new chairs. Unfortunately chairs can be expensive. To avoid spending a fortune on chairs, we decided we would mix and match chairs and then paint them all the same color. Our search for cheap chairs began on Craigslist, of course, and we started checking out our local thrift stores. On a whim, we stopped by The Eli Home Thrift Store. The Eli Home is a non-profit whose purpose is to help victims of child abuse and neglect, so we were glad to do some shopping there.
Even more enticing was the sign that told us that all furniture was 50% off. Yes please! We saw two chairs that could be contenders, but one had a sign on it that said there were 14 more of them in the back! They were marked $24.95 but half off of that… well maybe we DO want matching chairs! Come to find out, they were donated by a consignment store in Laguna who had an overstock. We told the very nice young man who was helping us that we might want four. As he went to find the manager we very quicly decided that for that price, we might as well get six and be done with it. Upon return, the manager told us that the chairs were mismarked and that he would give us the four for $12.50 but any others would be $24.95.
“We’ll take four!”
As we took them out of the box to put together, Tony told me he really didn’t like the color of the fabric on the cushions. Good taste, my love! I had some grey velvet, so we decided to try that first.
So what were our other options?
Arneson-ize it!!! (yep that’s a thing now. Tony claimed it)
So we took off the cushions and slapped some wood together.
It took a little trial and error to get the seats sized just right, to fit on the chair. But once we did, we sanded it down real good with 220 grit sand paper (don’t want anyone gettin’ a runner in their pantyhose!), took a little steel wool vinegar to it to age the wood a little more, and then sealed them with the same Poly-crylic we used on the table.
And THAT, my friends, is how you Arneson-ize it! 🙂