Saturday, June 24, 2017

Before and After: Arm Chair

By Gretchen Sawatzki

We are often asked at Materials Unlimited to take on restoration projects that seem insurmountable. When this antique spindled arm chair arrived in the shop, it was heavily damaged with a broken and missing leg, splintered seat, and overall rough look. It was a true challenge, but the before and after results are pretty remarkable.

Antique arm chair upon arrival. Photo by Charles Wiesner.

Using the same species of wood, our restoration specialist custom cut and sanded replacements parts for the seat for the fill large gap. Regular wood glue wasn't enough to hold the new piece in place, so industrial strength glue was used instead. The new piece was also drilled out to receive the legs comfortably without rocking in the new "socket".  

Once fitted and glued, the arm chair needed refinishing. This process was tricky given all of the nooks and crannies on the spindles of the arm chair. With lots of sanding and several applications of the appropriate finish, the chair went from trash to treasure!

Refinished arm chair. Photo by Charles Wiesner.

Materials Unlimited offers an array of restoration services including rewiring for light fixtures, door refinishing and furniture repairs. Visit Materials Unlimited website to learn more.

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