Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Monday, March 7, 2016

The Breakfast Room Chairs

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

With Restore-A-Finish
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!


Pondside said...

I am taking note of that stripper. Our dining room table needs some care after 42+ years of faithful service.
I really like the look of your newly stripped and refinished chairs. It pays to go with one's instinct!

Sandra said...

So happy that you restored them to their original finish. I prefer the natural wood over painted pieces any day. The end result turned out beautiful.

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Those look very nice. You did a great job on them.

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Hi Martha, the chairs looks wonderful, you did a super job on them! Nice needlepoint seats too!
Have a wonderful week,

Bookie said...

Oh these chairs are lovely. WE took are wood people although the trend now is to paint everything. We cringe when we see fine oak painted white. Hubby is redoing a son's kitchen with oak cabinets which is fine with son but bet some realtor would rather have seen painted cabinets. I love the seats in your chairs too!

Pat said...

I, too, love mahogany finish. They look really good, but my, what a lot of work. Like you chair seats too. I bet you sewed them.I will keep the product in mind for a project I want to do sometime. Thanks for the post!

Running with a sharp pencil said...

I may try that on my grandmother's cherry bedroom set which has been mine for the last 40 years! I just hate the dark, gummy looking finish. I will try this product.