Saturday, April 28, 2018

New, Old Chairs

Well over a year ago, I went on a quest to find a pair of chairs for an old farm table that we are using as a desk and communal computer spot in our den.  I really had it in mind that I wanted metal chairs with some patina.  Most of my search was done online because I discovered, after quick walk throughs, that none of my usual haunts had what I was looking for.

I learned that during the 60/70's a company named Mastercraft made brass chairs that are now considered fairly collectable due to their patina and nice lines.  Most of the ones I found were out of our price range but, I did find a pair on Etsy that were affordable* and looked, from the pictures, to be in good shape.  I've never ordered furniture online before (especially used!) but went ahead and ordered them.  When they arrived I was dumbfounded to discover that they were spray painted brass tone!  To add insult to injury, the paint job wasn't even good!  In fact, there were drip marks on the frames of the chairs.  I just couldn't believe it.  Fortunately, the gentleman I bought them from agreed to give me a nice chunk of my money back.

For the past year or so we've just lived with them knowing that we would have them recovered eventually.  Finally, last month during one of our last snows, I tackled stripping the gold paint off of the frames.  It was quite the messy project but very satisfying.

All in all, I'm very happy with how they turned out.  There is some pitting on the legs and arms but we will call that patina!  We have no idea what type of metal the chairs are.  They look like brass, but a magnet doesn't stick to them so who knows.  I had them recovered in a Ralph Lauren linen that I really think complements the weathered frames.

*I don't actually care all that much if the ones I got are the name brand or not, it was the look, not the name, I was going for.

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