Let’s start the weekend early and play a drinking game. Get yourself some tequila (or your booze of choice), or OK, if you’re reading this first thing in the morning maybe it had better be coffee. Now, every time I say ‘deconstructed’, take a drink. We’re up to three already if you count the title and title photo.
As I’ve mentioned, since my furniture pieces aren’t exactly selling like hot cakes these days (and yes, I even still have that pair of mid mod end tables, go figure), I’m working on both smaller projects as well as projects for myself. Which brings me to today’s project.
I brought this chair home from the Mac-Grove garage sales back in 2018.
So, yeah, that was four years ago.
Good gracious, it’s about time I got around to it.
Anyway, I purchased it because I thought it would be a great candidate for creating the ‘deconstructed’ look. If you aren’t familiar with that look, go to pinterest and search for it. You’ll find lots of examples, like this one from lizmarieblog.com …
I know the deconstructed look isn’t for everyone, but I kind of love it.
Some deconstructed pieces are more functional than others. I don’t think anyone would want to sit on the example above from Liz Marie, but there are versions out there that are more suitable for actual use too.
First up, I removed the upholstery, which involved pulling about two million upholstery tacks. Then I removed the really thick foam that was on the seat and clearly was not original to the chair. That left me with this …
Of course I then removed that batting from the chair back, that may have been original but it was pretty gross.
Then I stood back and evaluated. I could replace the strapping on the chair back with new strapping. But … at that point, what would be left of the original chair? And would it have that deconstructed look that I love? I decided to leave the old strapping in place.
I also debated keeping the plywood support that was in place on the chair bottom, but I’m fairly sure that wasn’t original either. And I didn’t like the way that section at the front was half an inch higher than the rest of the seat. So I asked Ken to cut a new seat bottom for me from a piece of thick particle board.
We didn’t get fancy, and rather than notch out the seat to fit exactly, I asked Ken to just cut it to fit front to back. That means some raw edges are exposed, but again … it’s deconstructed.
Then I covered the new seat with batting followed by a piece of drop cloth that I had stenciled with the Albert Rouff 1842 stencil from ellen j goods.
I used Dixie Belle’s Gravel Road paint to do the stenciling, I wanted it to look a bit more faded than it would have using black paint.
For those of you who struggle to get a clean line when stenciling, try stenciling on drop cloth. It’s super easy and nearly fool-proof.
All of the exposed raw edges where the original upholstery was tacked into place just add to the deconstructed look.
Well, I think so anyway.
I also think the little wooden casters on the front two legs are a fabulous detail.
But I do wonder, why casters only on the front two legs? There are no holes in the back legs, so they definitely never had casters. What was the purpose behind having just two, or maybe it was simply for aesthetic reasons.
Four years ago I definitely planned to paint this chair with a creamy white milk paint and hopefully get some chipping. But now I have to confess, even I am starting to veer away from painting everything. So instead I applied Dixie Belle’s Big Mama’s Butta to the frame of the chair to clean up the wood a bit, but otherwise left it alone.
I have to say, I’m not sure if this dark wood works in the spot (shown above) where I plan to keep the chair though. There is a lot of black (the baby grand, just off to the right), dark grey on the upper walls, and white. It feels a little odd to throw in some dark wood.
So now I’m debating. Do I go ahead and paint it? Since I plan on keeping it, and I love me some chippy milk paint, maybe I should paint it. What do you think? Let’s take a vote. Leave a comment below, paint or no paint?
Now, for those of you that played the drinking game with actual liquor, please don’t drive or operate heavy machinery.
Thank you to ellen j goods for providing the stencil used on my deconstructed (that’s 10, if you’re drinking) chair.