Friday, January 24, 2014
Furnishing on a Budget
I am quite proud of my efforts to furnish Red Circle Crafts Classroom on a very tiny budget. Craig's List has not been quite as awesome as I'd hoped it would be. But between it and thrift stores, I think I'm doing well. Always room for more chairs though, and bench. I want a bench.
I knew that I wanted to get a total of 14 chairs for the classroom, at least 8 as soon as possible. I now have my chair (which looks vaguely throne-like), two stools, a smattering of wooden chairs, and 4 borrowed folding chairs.
The fun part of this process has been fixing the fixer-uppers. I like a distressed look for the most part. Some of the chairs had good bones, but looked a bit weary.
This chair was all that was left of a 4 or 6 piece set of kitchen chairs. It had obviously been outside and used while painting and who knows what else. A quick rinse in the bath tub, and a scrub with rubbing alcohol cleaned up the white paint considerable. The seat itself was still a mess. Using a belt sander, I sanded off the paint splatter and staining on the seat. I purposely chose not to put another coat of paint or varnish on the chair; I'm happy with it as is.