A long time ago when we bought our dining room table it came with four chairs
Duncan Phyfe Chairs
Mahogany Duncan Phyfe Chairs
There are a lot of those mahogany Duncan Phyfe chairs out there.
At any flea market, antique mall or even an antique shop, you'll often find an orphan
if not two or three
For they were made for a long, long time
From the 20s into the 60s
Although I think the earlier chairs were better made
And Linderhof's chairs were earlier chairs
However, there were only four and so at an auction I found shield back chairs
eight of them and they replaced the Duncan Phyfes.
We put them away, getting them out when we had more than eight guests
(Thanksgiving and Christmas)
And then in 2007, we built the breakfast room
We needed to furnish the breakfast room
And bought a baker's rack
(which was replaced with an 1870's ebonized sideboard)
A square table
(which was replaced with an oval Mahogany English one)
and used the Duncan Phyfe chairs.
Husband Jim wanted to paint them.
I told him "no" but he was persistent
And so the Duncan Phyfes got painted.
(I really abhor painting "good" wood).
But it is now 2016
Nine years after we painted the chairs . . .
And they looked a bit sad!
The paint was peeling
Especially on the back where belts and backs would rub!
Then I was mad at myself for letting Jim paint them.
But what was done was done.
Jim insisted that we refresh the finish on the dining room chairs
A great product to take off grime and refresh (restore) the original luster of wood
Which made me more determined that now was the time to do something
about the breakfast room chairs!
After a search on the internet for good strippers, I bought this product
which was highly recommended on several blogs:
And those blogs who recommended it were spot on!
Luckily I found it at our local Mayco Ace Hardware
(thank you Chris -- you rarely let me down)
thus saving a trip out of town
So I took two of the chairs outside
And used the product
It is easy to use, works in 30 minutes and the paint just comes right off
(In our early marriage days we stripped many pieces of furniture . . . it was a pain
and took "forever"! It is amazing what 30 years of product development has produced!)
And the chair, stripped and wiped down with Mineral Oil
Then I stained with Ace Hardware Mahogany Stain
Chair on the left, stripped and unstained. The chair on the right has been stained
After they dried, I brought them in and put the seat back into place.
The chair on the left is the painted chair
The chair on the right is the stained chair.
I am so glad we did this little project
The chairs look so much better in stained wood than they did in black paint
(Even un chipped black paint!)
But then, I'm a wood person
And I should have never listened to my better half!
The chairs, however, are back to the way they were.
And I'm one happy lady!