Sturdy Wooden Arm Chair Gets a New Modern Look
Have you ever heard of This End Up Furniture? It’s an American made brand that is known for its comfort, durability, and longevity but not necessarily beauty. I have a special affinity for this brand as my high school’s dorms (I went to boarding school) were loaded with it…chairs and sofas in the lounges, desks and beds in the dorm rooms. It was (and probably still is) all over campus. When I came across this little guy, I snatched him up for nostalgia’s sake and because I knew he could be beautiful.
Gotta love the snazzy floral print cushions!
Our goal for this chair was to create a conversation piece. Even though stylistically, this chair presents as rustic, it’s hard clean lines imply a modern aesthetic and that’s how we proceeded. After mulling over a few ideas, we settled on creating a simple yet sophisticated linear design. I knew I wanted to do the chair in grays, but the specific inspiration came from this photo I found on Pinterest.
We decided that the border of the chair would be a deep gray and the inlaid section would be strips of varying white and grays. First we sanded the chair to take as much of the finish off as possible using 150 grit sandpaper. We didn’t sand the chair’s inlay because it would eventually be covered in luan (thin and flexible plywood).
Glidden’s Elegant Charcoal
After we put two coats of paint on the border and let it dry, we measured the inlay of the chair and cut the luan strips to size.
Once the strips were cut, we stained them in white, medium gray, and dark gray. Instead of paying for three different stains, we used some left over white paint and one sample size of Minwax Classic Gray to make our own.
To customize our white ‘stain’ we whitewashed the luan by diluting white paint with water and mixing it. The recommended ratio is one part paint to two parts water but depending on how thick you want your stain to be will depend on how much water you’ll need to add. It’s not an exact science. The thicker the stain the less water required.
For our dark gray, the process was simple. We used the Minwax gray as suggested and put on three coats to get it to the shade we wanted. Easy! The medium piece was the trickiest. It was coming out too close in color to the dark piece to really see a noticeable differentiation. We finally figured out that we needed to use the Minwax gray stain and then whitewash that to get the look we wanted. It definitely took failing a few times in order to find perfection…such is life!
Once we achieved the look we wanted, let the luan pieces dry. Then we attached the luan strips to the inlay using glue and a nail gun.
Next we cut some plain pine trim and painted the same gray as the border. Then we used it to frame the inlaid section of the chair. Final piece to the puzzle was to add new cushions we were done! We love love love the way this little guy turned out! A simple, modern, durable, original, conversation piece! Oh yeah, we gave him a sister too 🙂
We were originally going to keep him, but we’ve had a few people ask us if we’d sell. What do you think? Should we? Suggestions on price? Let us know!
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