A few weeks ago I filled you in on my plans for a little upgrade in the Breakfast Nook. My dilemma was trying to decide what type of side chairs to use. Many of you voted for the Eames style chairs, and I was really close to making that order, but something was holding me back. I just couldn't quite settle on those for sure.
Then, last week, a designer friend that knew I liked this style texted me a photo that said "They have these chairs at TJ Maxx!", so after dinner that night I drug the family over to check them out. They got approval from the husband, (actually all he wanted was something solid that wasn't old and creaky like ALL of our chairs have always been!), and I brought 2 home to try out. Because you know, when TJ gets chairs, they only get 2.
Overnight I decided that I really did like them with my table, and so over the next few days I tracked down 4 more at the other TJ locations all over town. :)
The frame was a pretty rustic, whitewashed, raw-wood looking finish. I liked it, but I didn't like it for my space. Even though I didn't want it to exactly match the table, I wanted it to blend a little more nicely. So, I experimented a bit and found that I could wash some stain over the frame to darken it up a little.
Knowing me, I would swipe the stain rag right over the upholstery accidentally, so I covered it all in plastic and taped everything off just to be safe. The edges of the tape weren't sealed super well against the wood, but it was enough that if I was careful along the edges there wasn't any bleed through to the upholstery.
After protecting the fabric, I used a rough sandpaper (100 grit) over the frame to rough it up. The original finish was somewhat slick and glossy, so I needed to rough it up so the stain would have something to grab on to. Then, I just rubbed on Minwax's Special Walnut with a rag.
After letting that dry, I sprayed a coat of polyurethane to seal the stain. The finish isn't perfect, the stain soaked in better in some areas better than others, but I really like the variation and dimension that gives it. I think it really gives them some character and makes them look old.
It wasn't a huge change, but it was enough. Now I feel like the chairs work much better with the table.
Confession...I've only done these three. Three more to go.
P.S. Don't forget about the Modern & Fresh Fall Home Tour, Bethany from Dwellings by Devore is up today!