I just have to share about these 2 cute little wooden school chairs I BEGGED my grandmother to give me. My grandmother is an antique genius. Her house is filled with lovely things she has bought and redone over the years. I use to wonder why I didn't get her sense for antiques. But to my surprise it didn't hit me until my thirties. Yes, my thirties, I have admitted it here in blog land for all to see. LOL.
So the chairs....First, I remembered to take some before pictures. Sure it was while in my garage and sure I had already started the project, but at least I remembered, that is the important part. So I am really not sure how my grandmother inherited these but I do know they came from an Elementary school here in my town and were used back in the day when they had the wooden desks and painted everything with that horrible green paint stuff that I am sure is filled with lead or some other hazardous chemical. So first, that had to go!
I cannot even tell you how bad my arms feel today. That stuff is rough. I didn't even get it all off, there are tiny specs of it in spots on the chair. I also had to replace a part on the bottom of the chair to make it more sturdy, don't have a picture but in the first picture you can see it is missing. I then went back and forth about what color to paint them.....I do love color. But I decided just to stain them a walnut stain for now to show off the pretty wood I exposed through that nasty green stuff.