Wednesday, July 3, 2013

A Deconstructed Chair and a US Mailbag Chair

It's Wednesday, July 3, and that means tomorrow is the 4th of July!  I will not be posting anything tomorrow as Chris is off from work, and we plan to start the celebration tonight with fireflies and wine! Maybe we will let the kids catch some fireflies, too.  Today, I am off to do a very American thing to start the celebration.... the kids and I are headed to a local organic blueberry farm to pick our own.  We went twice last year- it was that good!  Speaking of berries, yesterday I picked a bunch more blackberries and raspberries from our bushes and created my own healthy blackberry and raspberry crisp.  I used coconut oil, local honey, whole wheat flour, oats, and cinnamon to create the topping.  I am no foot stylist, so here is a fabulous instagram of my concoction... it's delicious and healthy!  And warmed up with a little vanilla ice cream... YUM!  That was my dessert last night!


Once this is all gone, it will be time to make blueberry crisp!

I thought I would get caught up on some projects I did last summer and never shared.  Both of these pieces were painted with General Finishes Lamp Black from Rockler.  I thought it would be appropriate today to share one of them, given the holiday.  And because it's about bloody time!  Let's start with the non-patriotic chair.

And I am going to apologize now because I cannot find a before shot for either of these!!!  I searched and searched and know I had them, but alas... gone.  But, in looking for them I found at least 4 other projects that have not yet been shared, too.  Oops.

I picked this chair up and thought it would be a great piece for me to try my hand at reupholstering.  It was wood framed with great details and the fabric was a stained rose velvet.  It needed some love!  I got to work removing the old upholstery, but I loved the look of the burlap that was revealed underneath!  The look reminded me of the deconstructed chairs I had seen at Restoration Hardware.  I loved the rustic look, and thought that General Finishes Lamp Black would complement the burlap perfectly.  I applied just one coat, which ended up being enough once it was lightly distressed.  To finish it I applied Minwax Wipe-On Poly in Satin.  Here is the chair in its unfinished finished state. :)




It currently resides in the corner of my dining room and I love the feel it adds.  Plus, it provides extra seating if needed.

The second chair was an oak chair that had a broken spindle.  because it needed to be repaired, I had used wood filler on it and needed to cover it with paint, rather than leaving it natural wood.  Just as in the chair above, I gave it one coat of General Finishes Lamp Black, lightly distressed it, and applied Minwax Wipe-On Poly in Satin again.  I created a new seat with plywood and batting, and covered it with a vintage US Mail back I found at the auction.  Here is this one, all done (and you may spy another unshared project peek next to it!).




So there you have it, 2 of last year's projects finally making their blog debut!

Hope you all have a wonderfully happy 4th of July!  I hope it's filled with family, friends, fireflies,food, and all sorts of American freedoms!
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32 comments:

Susan Homeroad said...

Cassie the chairs turned out great! I love the mail sack seat with the black wood... nice!
Susan

Fiona, LilyfieldLife said...

hi Cassie - the black is just beautiful. i have some MMS Typewriter and ASCP Graphite to use so will be doing some black things soon also. I just love the first chair with it's de-constructed look. what a great addition to your dining room.
cheers Fiona xx

Kirby Dunton Carespodi said...

They look great! I'm getting ready to use black in my house--gulp.

Laura @ Top This Top That said...

As always great chairs ...the crisp looks fabulous too!

Carolyn@Sweet Chaos said...

The chairs look great! I'd love to try that crisp... yum! Happy 4th... enjoy your family time :)

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

Love the chairs but I think I'm craving that crisp now. Yum!! Happy 4th!

Andrea said...

I love the look of both chairs. Very cool. I hope you guys have a great 4th!

Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...

Love that chair. Nothing beats furniture painted black.

17 Perth said...

Absolutely love how they turned out!! My fave? That burlap chair! Adorable!

Jennifer@The Chronicles of Home said...

You're killing me with that crisp. I am drooling over here again!

Kristin@bliss-athome.com said...

Fireflies and wine, that's our plan too! We are going to do an outdoor movie, the kids want Star Wars which is perfect, because we love it too! Have a great 4th and enjoy your family time!!! xo Kristin

Heidi @ Decor & More said...

I do love that Lamp Black -- love-er-leee! Here's to fireflies and wine -- our 4th looks to be rained out (flood watches in fact)... maybe just baseball watching and munching indoors for us. Cheers!
xo heidi

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Love the rustic feel of the chairs! And the crisp looks yummy! Nothing like picking fresh fruit! ... Have a spectacular 4th!

Julia Konya said...

I love the burlap chair and I know exactly which Restoration Hardware chairs you are talking about. Can't believe you didn't share this beauty sooner ;)
Enjoy your day tomorrow!

Dana Frieling said...

My favorite thing in a room is something that adds character. Your chairs definitely do that! Happy 4th, and eat some blueberry crisp for me. Yum.

Vintage Prairie Style said...

Yum, love the sounds of desert! Those chairs aren't too bad either. Can't decide which is my fave - love them both!
Keya

Melissa@daisymaebelle.com said...

Totally LOVE that chair with the burlap! I have not tried reupholstery yet, but I think I might be able to achieve this look! Perfect! Life to the full! Melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

Both great chairs, but the mail sack one is my favorite!

Jane Craske said...

Saw your crisp on instagram-delish! I love that it will fool small one into thinking she is having dessert for breakfast.

Dear Emmeline said...

both chairs look great. i have some lamp black I need to get to myself!

Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication said...

Love the mailbag chair! Have a great 4th! :)

Angela Santaniello said...

LOVE that deconstructed chair. Burlap is a fav of mine for upholstery, but my cat likes it a little too much. ;)

Angela @ Number Fifty-Three

freckled laundry said...

Both are beautiful. {love} that deconstructed chair and the detail of those wide ivory stitches. Love the black with it. Awesome.

Ali Richardson said...

Awesome :) Love both of those! happy 4th friend. I love you and dream of one day spending this fun holiday together. XO

craftymadre.com said...

They're both awesome! I love the natural fibers and vintage look. They fit so well with the bones of the chair. Very cool.

Allison said...

That blueberry crisp is making my mouth water! Yummy! Love the US mail chair. Happy 4th Cassie to you and your family!

Kelly said...

Happy Fourth! Love the chairs!

Sarah {Lacquer and Linen} said...

This totally looks like those Restoration chairs! Great makeover!! Hope you have a great 4th with your sweet family!

sarah m. dorsey said...

Happy 4th! love the chairs and the crisp looks amazing, yum!!

Catherine said...

Love the deconstructed chair Cassie - it's beautiful :)

Our Pinteresting Family said...

The chair is fantastic!!

Sabrina said...

I'm a little behind on your blog... I blame the kids! :) Anyway, that chair makeover is my new favorite thing you have done!!! That vintage US MAIL seat is TO DIE FOR!!!!