Monday, October 25, 2010


Chairs are done. Here's an enhanced view of the label from the other day:

And here they are in progress (the one on the right is post-refinishing):

And after:

This time I took the easy way out and used and antique furniture refinisher - just cleaned up the chairs, lightly sanded off the paint and other goo, and then applied. Then, beeswax. For the chair that didn't need all the new parts made, I'd say it was only about an hour's worth of work - super cinch! It seems to be perfect for projects like this - when the original finish is pretty good but there are some imperfections, and it would just look a little better brightened up. Two thumbs up!


Sharon Kwilter said...

They look great! Good for you.

Donna said...

You did a great job and they look beautiful.

Chris said...

Great find/buy. They look great.

Rainbows in Wool said...

I don't know how I stumble upon the stuff I do, but came across your blog. Thought you might like some history on your chairs.

Crawford Chair Co.
Edward Crawford, one of the founders of the Grand Ledge Chair Co, left the Michigan Chair Co. and returned to Grand Ledge in 1902 to start the Crawford Chair Company. The company built a new five-story factory with a distinctive eight-story tower. An account at the time noted:

"The Crawford Chair Company has this year erected at Grand Ledge a fine building of cream-white brick, 60 by 160 feet square, five stories in height above the basement, and surmounted by a cupola. It has but recently begun work; will make a specialty of dining tables, and when running at its full capacity, expects to employ two hundred hands."

The company changed hands in 1931 to become the Hoerner Chair Company. The factory burned down in 1943.