Les Chaises -saving four special dining chairs for someone – Part 1

2This is what we started with. Four interesting and slightly unusual dining chairs in a terrible state.

They had been in a  cellar in several inches of water and had rotten feet, damaged and stained seats and various bits of shellac/varnish/old white paint on them.

The wood was very degraded so a light clean and French polish was a no-no and stripping chemically would have partially dissolved them!

Issue two is the slight top-heaviness of the design which went slightly beyond quirky toward visually odd. I look at a piece for ages before deciding what to do and these definitely needed a lighter look. And I didn’t want to reupholster and lose the characterful leather seats; but these are quite battered.

So they are being painted and patinated & waxed in one of our mixes. s-l1600

The chair bottom right above & right(before) and below (after)- was the first to be completed. If anyone wants a “how to rescue something that looks like it’s beyond economical repair”post, I will be happy to detail the process…



About coteetcampagne

Artist, period home maker, renovator, restorer, Francophile. My mission is to save the old stuff, one beautiful piece at a time
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21 Responses to Les Chaises -saving four special dining chairs for someone – Part 1

  1. MELewis says:

    Rotten feet, damaged seats, old paint….I can relate! If only someone would refurbish this old chair so beautifully! 😉

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  2. Chris says:

    Wow the chair looks wonderful, well done

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  3. Osyth says:

    It’s a triumph … The difference the contrast of relaxed neutral paint and the weathered, aged leather is fabulous. Very elegant and absolutely hitting the mark between contemporary-vintage and preserved-antique. Rescue chic at its best 🙂

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  4. Ellen A. says:

    Came out beautifully in this light neutral. Is it a sort of dove grey? I am curious as to what kind of treatment you were able to give the water damaged feet and legs to help prevent future splitting.

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    • Thanks Nadia! They will be such a transformation when all done. We won’t do a table to match till we get a buyer and they can stipulate shape & size of table and how many it needs to seat. If they need more chairs, we will source some to complement these four.

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  5. “I look at a piece for ages before deciding what to do…”

    A great guideline. We try to use the same technique with the music but unfortunately there are times when we look at something for so long our minds wander and we forget what we were supposed to be doing in the first place.

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  6. francetaste says:

    I’m a little tired of the whitewashed look all over but it’s very successful here. The chair does look lighter and more delicate with the lighter color.

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  7. poshbirdy says:

    Such a subjective thing, the ‘beyond economical repair’ issue. I would always argue that things are ‘irreplaceable’ and so economics can be damned. (But you know that!)

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