Sep 272013

Do you remember this little baby I picked curbside in my neighbourhood a few weeks ago?  Instead of calling him “Duct Tape Chair”, I have decided to call him “Dane”.

When I first set eyes on Dane, he was a bit down and out, battered, paint splattered and covered in duct tape.   But I knew Dane could be a groovy guy once more!

Before considering what cool duds Dane would don, I thought it best to see if I could clean him up.
After removing the seat and the back, I washed him down with a mild TSP solution.
Then I examined his joints and finish.
Structurally, Dane was in great shape with the exception of one arm which had had a crack repaired.  Although it was slightly noticeable,  I decided since Dane was teak, I did not want to try and fill it and I definitely wasn’t painting him.
Because teak is an oily wood,  painting it can be tricky and why would I want to cover up this gorgeous specimen?

Sometimes it’s the simplest of treatments that give the best results.  So was the case with Dane.
Dane was hungry!  
I scooted off to the kitchen and mixed up some SALAD DRESSING.
That’s right, 2/3 Olive Oil and 1/3 vinegar.
With a rag dipped into the solution, I gave Dane a rub down.
Dane was suddenly transformed into a new man chair.

The finish was worn and blotchy

Some areas needed sanding to even out the finish and open the wood grain.

You can see on the right where I began to apply the “salad dressing”

I applied the mixture very liberally and let it soak in

I applied the mixture very liberally and let it soak in

side 3

What a transformation! It was happy dance time!

Dane was looking good but he needed an outfit that would make him stand out.

While browsing the upholstery section of my local Fabricland (one of the few fabric store chains  left in Canada) I spotted the perfect fabric.  Very retro and shall I say “Groovy, man!”.

Oh So Retro!

Oh So Retro!

After covering new foam with the funky fabric, Dane was ready to hit the town!

Looking Good!

Looking Good! In that 70’s sort of way!

The wood colour is so rich.

The wood colour is so rich.

Dane's Back in Style!

Dane’s Back in Style!

Lately, I’ve been loving mid-century furniture.
Especially authentic Danish Teak pieces with the sleek lines.
They seem to be timeless.
I had thought about using a more contemporary fabric but decided Dane wanted to stay young and hip.

BTW, cost was less than $20!

Now that Dane has eaten and donned some new duds, I think he’s ready to go dancing… 😉

Before and After

Before and After

Curbside trash to grooooooovy!

Tell me what you think of Dane now!

Sep 082013

Apparently, I am in the  “Hunter – Gatherer” phase of my evolution.

What can I say?  I can’t resist a bargain especially when it’s vintage and it’s wood!

This afternoon, I picked up two auction pieces I won.  I love them!! but it’s time to set aside blog development and work on my wonderful finds!

pressback rocker

An oldie but a goodie!

teak table

Sadly, I lost out on the chairs but this mid century teak table is in immaculate condition!

I have a busy week ahead of me!

I love pressbacks and I want to paint this one with a bold, catchy colour.

Suggestions??  I would love to hear from you!

Sep 012013

The chair below was at the curb in my neighbourhood and after a quick u-turn, it was mine, duct tape and all. Last night, after taking it apart to get started on removing the disgusting vintage upholstery, I noted the tag on the bottom. It was manufactured in at least the 1970s or older by a well known Danish company. Nice!

It would be so nice to have two of these. Do I dare walk around the corner and ask? Would you? Well, I did and they don’t.

Stay tuned for the finished project.  I’m sure it will be nicer than new!

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