Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Watchya Working on Wednesday ~ My Re-finished Ladder back Chairs

Well, the time has come to share with all of you my re-finished ladder back chairs. I found these on Craigslist for $30.00 total and was thrilled with the price. I personally thought that was a great deal. They looked sturdy and just what I was looking for to add to my my farm table. Now I just need to find some more. I would eventually like to have enough to go around my table, but they can sometimes be hard to come by and if you do find them then they are outrageously priced. So, I will just keep looking and see what I can find. I will be sure to keep you all posted on my hunt for more chairs.

My goal behind these chairs were to make them look a bit older. I didn’t want them to be so old looking that they didn’t quite match my table, but I wanted them to have a little wear on them. I think I accomplished what I was aiming for. I knew from the get go that I wanted them to be black so I did a little sanding here and there and added my coat of black paint. Once the paint was dry then I did a little bit of sanding. I was thrilled that I had that tan undercoat from where they were previously painted because when I sanded the chairs…. the tan was peeking through. They really look great! After all the sanding was completed…. I added my dark walnut stain for a little protection and a more worn look. Yep, they turned out perfectly. Let’s take a look. Here are a couple BEFORE pictures……

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Here are the AFTER pictures.

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So, what do you ladies think? Did you notice anything different about the cane seating? Well, I personally thought that it needed to look a bit older to fit in with my table so I simply put some dark walnut stain on an old rag and just rubbed the seating until it was dark enough to where I was satisfied. Yep, I am satisfied!! Go ahead and leave me your comments because I would love to hear what you all have to say about these beauties.

So, what is my next project? Ah, I have no idea, but I am definitely thinking which can be quite dangerous at times (lol). Until Next Time……

37 comments:

Nanna said...

wow! those turned out fantastic! great job! I love ladder back chairs & the chocie of black is perfect!
Helen

Black Sheep Lisa said...

Prim Perfect girlfriend!! Now we need a pic of them at the table!!
Great job!

Neabear said...

Yes I did notice the difference in the cane seating before I read what you did to achieve that. You did an awesome job on the chairs. Looks wonderful!

~Linnea

CozyCoops Corner said...

I love them! You did a wonderful job Lisa and what a great deal for the chairs~ lucky you! I like how you antiqued the seats~ just perfect! :-)
Have a great day!
Janae

Carmen C. said...

THOSE TURNED OUT WONDERFUL LISA!!! Love how you aged the cane seats too, they look well worn and loved:)You always have such great ideas! Hope you have a wonderful day:)

carolyn@primitive~devotion said...

The chairs turned out great, Lisa! Staining over the seat was a good idea. I would have done the same thing. If you can't find enough chairs, maybe you can use benches on the sides and use these for the ends of your table. That would work until you can find more and will look nice and prim. :)

Anonymous said...

The chairs are beautiful. I've said it before, but you are sooo talented! I'm with Lisa - we need pics at the table!
Have a great day,
Janet A.

american girl primitives said...

Lisa,

Chairs are perfect! You found the right combo with all your painting and sanding.

Carey

LeeHillPrimitives said...

Lisa, You did a great job! Nice makeover, I notice that you stain the cane, nice touch. It gives a touch of antique to the piece.

Backwoodsprim said...

Girl,girl,girl!
You did a fantastic job on those chairs!! You really do have the "eye" for this prim stuff!!
I really enjoy your blog!!

Hey,we stopped in at North Shore Primitives last Tuesday on the way home!!! I just love Vickie! She is such a special person and I really have a high admiration for her!!
Next time y'all are over that way you must stop in at Giovanni's right around the corner for a pizza...DH & I ate there and it was probably the best pizza I've ever had!!
I'm craving another one right now!! LOL!!

Have a great day!
Backwoodsprim

Ann said...

Lisa, Your make over on the chairs is terrific. I'm so impressed with the price you paid and the fact that the seats are in good condition. Usually you find seats that are in need of some TLC. I much prefer the type of TLC you had to do! Can we see them around your table? ~Ann

Karen~The Barely There Primitive Bear said...

Your chairs are fantastic! You are always working on something...They will look good with your table...
I love everything you make over!

Bear Hugs~Karen

Gayle said...

Great job on the makeover! I'm impressed that you didn't get any black paint on the cane seat - I know I would have made a mess of it! LOL

At Home With Amy said...

Lisa you did an awesome job on your chairs. What a great deal on them as well. Good luck at finding more.
Enjoy your day,
AMY

Janene said...

Love them...Love them...Love them!!
What a great idea to stain the bottoms...now they look prim and perfect!
You amaze me every time I see your make overs!

millerhomestead said...

Lisa, your chairs look awesome! You did a great job on them. How fun! I hope you are able to find more too. That would look so nice to have them all around your table. I think that the mis matched look is neat to though. Have a wonderful day. God bless, Jamie

Carmen at Primcatshouse said...

Oh wow! I'm super impressed! Great CL find and great redo! Love how you aged the seats too! Nice touch!

Kris ~ Simply Prim said...

Great job on your chairs, Lisa!! Love them!

Take care my friend!
~Kris~

taylors*farmhouse*attic said...

They look wonderful!!!!...I love ladder back chairs!...I can't wait to see what you do next!~~hugs,Jen

basketsnprims said...

They turned out awesome, Lisa. I hope you can find some more.
Pam

~Judy~ said...

Lisa....I love how the chairs turned out. They look so much better black. I have a couple that I found at a thrift store that NOW need a makeover!

Wanda/Ridge Farm Nesting Place said...

Nice! perfectly prim, I noticed the seats, great idea! I would love to see them at your table :)
Have a great day!

Wanda

Sherrie said...

You know we are loving this!! Hurry and get-em to da table. You are too much!LOL Hugs..Sherrie S.C.

Susannah said...

Oh my,....those chairs do look very nice! You can do just about anything if you set your mind to it, Lisa. Great job. What's next?

Friends,
Susannah

Susannah said...

P.S. Lisa, I love your new picture. Are those new glasses? You look great!

S.

In His service, Anne said...

Lisa,
Great job, they are awesome...good idea with the canning part(staining it)!!
Hugs
Anne

Our Primitive Heart said...

Just perfect. You did a great job.
Cindy

Kath ~★The Olde Weeping Cedar ★~ said...

FANTASTIC! I lov'em!
You did great, girl!

hugs-Kath

Kath ~★The Olde Weeping Cedar ★~ said...

OH BTW-I like your new profile pic too :)

mornings322 said...

Great Chairs and they do look better painted black. Can't wait to see what you come up with next!

Kathy

cynthialeedesigns said...

Hi Lisa,
Your chairs turned out awesome!! Great job! Love how you aged the cane seats also.
~Cindy~

lakeffect said...

I'm so jealous! I've been looking for some ladderback chairs for several months now. You got some nice ones, and they look fantastic after you added the black.

TheKeepingroom said...

Ya gotta love Craigs list. I too found ladder backs there. I got four for only $40.00.
You did a great job on them!
Linda*

Janet - underthewillow said...

They turned out just perfect lisa!....and they look gorgeous at your table! Janet

Sherri/Here Goes My Life said...

wow great deal.They turned out awesome.

Karen/My Colonial Home said...

Well I missed your post...hmmm..
Lovee the chairs.
I've never shopped Craigs list. I must start!

Hugs,
Karen
http://mycolonialhome.blogspot.com/
kmprimitives@yahoo.com

Carrie of Farming On Faith said...

Wow~they look great!