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kate conspiracy
« on: February 24, 2008 12:08:33 PM »



A table and chairs set for my front porch, so we can have coffee outside once it gets a little warmer, decorated from finds at a local consignment furniture store. I drive a corolla and couldn't fit it in the car so I ended up carrying the table the home Smiley

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The table is obviously made from someone's scrap wood bin - two of the 2x2 legs are poplar and 2 are pine Smiley The top is strand board. I put a veneer strip around the end and then filled most of the top with wood filler to fill the gaps in the strand board. And then painted! I used 100% latex acrylic semi-gloss house paint over exterior primer. I wanted to paint a design on the top but couldn't find the right inspiration. I think I'll do some sort of centerpiece involving a citronella candle instead.

Close up of the seat design:



I replaced the degraded yellow vinyl with a layer of tyvek and followed by cotton duck. I re-used the original cotton padding since it was in good shape, and then used tyvek housewrap we had leftover to protect the cotton from moisture (tyvek is also used in those tear-resistant postal service mailing envelopes). I painted the design using the same acrylic house paint, diluted 1:1 with Golden's fabric medium. To get the outline colors I tinted it with artists' acrylics. Heat set it in the dryer as per the fabric medium instructions - it seems pretty flexible (no indication that it might crack) and it washed well. It'll only be spot washed as it's now part of the chair, so I think it'll hold up fantastically.

The chairs fold up:



They're actually a set of four - I did them all the same way, but two are hanging out in the house for when we have guests over.

They were made by an I'm-sure-now-defunct company called Leg-O-Matic (awesome name!) They have quite an elaborate but wonderful mechanism folding mechanism.




My kitten wanted to get in on the action Smiley



Thanks for looking! We've got a whole bunch more painting to do on the porch (like the chalky aluminum siding and trim in the background) but hopefully we'll have a nice garden-view retreat by this summer.

This whole thing was precipitated by replacing the old gross plywood that was our previous porch ceiling with some beadboard a little more appropriate for the house (built in 1800). Gratuitous ceiling shot:

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nannalexi
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2008 12:16:24 PM »

That is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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sewbead
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2008 12:29:39 PM »

Great job- I love it!  You must be very handy around the house!
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« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2008 12:48:56 PM »

OMG!!! What awesome chairs! (There more than meets the eye!!!) I've never seen anything like them!

Your transformation is amazing!!! I love the colors and the designs on the seats are beautiful!
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« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2008 01:24:58 PM »

Fantastic!!!! I love the ceiling too! C'mon warm weather!!!!
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gloryof84
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2008 07:23:45 PM »

I am absolutely in love with this!  Now I'm inspired to cuten-up my porch!
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« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2008 08:56:01 PM »

OMG!!! What awesome chairs! (There more than meets the eye!!!) I've never seen anything like them!

Your transformation is amazing!!! I love the colors and the designs on the seats are beautiful!

As the french say: tout est dj dit... what can I say more. I totally agree with Shizen.
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« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2008 08:42:24 PM »

This is really gorgeous. Those chairs found a good home with you!
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diycrafter
« Reply #8 on: February 26, 2008 09:07:45 PM »

What a beautiful transformation. You did a wonderful job with that set!
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pixing
« Reply #9 on: February 29, 2008 05:51:24 PM »

very awesome - I love how they came out

that was inspired using the tyvek
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