Have you ever been to a barn sale? A big old barn out in the country filled with all kinds of wonderful things that were once a part of someone’s family (probably generations), home, life? I realize it is similar to a garage sale but it has an entirely different vibe. Driving down a long road on their personal property feeling like, even though you know there IS an advertised sale, somehow you are tresspassing into their private world. Well, I think that is where you find the really good stuff…things that have been loved and taken care of; used well and often.
The chair was sitting in a line with other pieces of furniture like a soldier standing at attention. Like me please! It was structurally sound, no broken pieces, rickety legs or supports. I imagined someone saying “oh, the fabric is hideous, get rid of it”. But like so many of these old pieces, all it needs is some awareness of its great bones and potential beauty.
So here it is before and after. The chair was taken apart down to the frame, sanded, painted and waxed. Then I rebuilt the insides with new foam, cotton and insul-pad (goodbye mustiness). New fabric along with a feed sack I had bought at a flea market used on the outside back and detail on inside back. Double cording finishes it off. Rescued, renewed and ready for its new home!!