Giuseppe’s Chair

this is one of those before and after type posts. I seem to be on a roll with reusing stuff lately and I just LOVE looking at pictures of before and after furniture.

I have had this chair in and out of my life for the past 20 years.

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I bought it at the sale of old hotel furniture and had it stripped (it was painted cream color and it was bad). After I had it stripped I couldn’t figure out what to do with it. No stain would look good since the wood was not good to start with.

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So it was used in several rooms, it looked fine during the shabby chic era but it made the rounds with family and friends. The last straw was when I found it about to be throw out by my daughter. I decided to try once more to give it a life. I painted it a black enamel and then used vintage wool for the seat.

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The wool is from the 1920’s. They were scraps my grandfather (Giuseppe Pavano) would bring home from his job as a handyman at Michael Sterns in Rochester NY. He came to this country from Sicily in 1910 and worked as a laborer.

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I freehand cut and sewed this seat, the top stitch is with a mixed color metallic thread.

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2 responses to “Giuseppe’s Chair

  1. Your chair looks very nice this way. However, I can’t keep from wishing you had used some of the chalk paints or done something to highlight the fabulous details.

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