We bought this chair for Paola’s High Point Market booth– because every pillow needs a stunning mahogany chair. It’s a Victorian slipper chair we found online and bought in Gibsonville, NC-The City of Roses.The chair was returned to CT via freight-which caused some damage to the wood. Of course, I jumped right into sanding and patching –thinking I had some inexpensive veneer…but many, many hours later our solid mahogany is even better then before. What a process. I have new respect for those who work in hard wood. A beautiful and forgiving medium.
When you maximize the photo you can see forklift -induced cracking and scratches. Vigorous sanding revealed dramatic color differences. I can’t believe I sanded the whole chair…!
The second photo shows a smooth yet mottled improvement on the left. after patching in and sanding the faux wood fill. Followed by colored markers and a pre-stain treatment to even color, and a deep mahogany stain. A process repeated three times followed by a careful rub. It’s working! Color and surface smoothness come together. Even though I liked the look of the wood, after all the work, polyurethane was necessary to protect it. But wait, we still needed a minimum of three layers of poly! See the last image on the right. The wood got cloudy again..!
That’s where I almost lost it. Why couldn’t I have just left it with one coat?? As I learned, when you sand polyurethane, it turns white- even with the FINEST grit sandpaper. (I started with 220) The extra layers improve the patina, and lessen the shine. I went with satin finish as it looked even smoother.
I waited till the very end to remove the gimp- having allowed it to soak in all manner of crap as I labored. The crusty old gimp had been applied years ago with hot glue and was bound to the fabric like iron. I got out my trusty razor and slowly tugged and slashed all the old stuff off my almost new chair. An upholstery re-do was a mountain I couldn’t climb- so after getting the gimp off, I re-stapled the fabric into the hardwood to make sure it was secure. Then, I carefully applied the gimp-which was probably the easiest part of the job. Maybe next year, an upholstery job??? You never know.
Time for a break to enjoy the chair…
Amos Lee. At last, a musician who was not a prodigy at four. Born in Philadelphia, Amos, graduated from the University of SC with an English major. This live performance of Vaporize is interesting to watch. Amos is a natural performer- he delivers the blues with the air of a romance.