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Who is that knocking on my door? It was Monday night almost 9:00 PM and that is unusual. My neighbors were walking the dog and saw 6 dining room chairs at the curb. I was indecisive since I already had 14 different chairs in the garage and 2 as overflow in the house. Something I swore I would never do. I went to look and they were in good shape. I took 2. The next morning before I went to work, I went to get the others and they were gone. It doesn’t take long around here.
I have been wanting to make a bench for the longest time so I figured since the chairs were free and I had a stash of pallet wood I would tackle that.
Now I am not a finish carpenter and in my mind I could see my father shaking his head since he was a master carpenter. But I think he is proud that I am giving it a try since he always encourage me and said I could do anything I set out to do.
After thinking how I would do it, I nailed the boards to the chair frames. I am keeping the seats as a template for other chairs that need their bottoms. I used my compressor and nailer but I guess you can drill a pilot hole and set screws in or hammer in nails. I staggered the boards as they were not long enough to go straight across.
How embarrassing, I should have closed the garage door. Look at all of the furniture I need to work on! The next step was to get out the jig saw and even off the boards, flip it over and add boards underneath to brace the top. Sand the you know what out of it to smooth the rough pallet boards.
Final steps, prime the chairs. The finish is a shiny mahogany finish so I know the original finish would bleed though and the DIY chalk paint may not stick very well. Painting with the DIY chalk paint, I used a light gray color for the first coat. Once it was dry I decided to do the distressing technique with Vaseline. I put it in strategic places where the paint will wear off naturally. The next coat of paint used is a light creamy white. I used my wax brush to apply the wax after the second coat of paint dried. Then I buffed it off with the buffer brush that attaches to my drill. Doing it this way gives the piece a nice luster. I also hand waxed and hand buffed in the tight places.
I love this piece. Until I could get it to the shop, I put it in the house by the front door. If it weren’t so tight I would be tempted to keep it. But I asked my friend to help me get it to the shop.
I just know someone will love it as much as I do. Don’t you agree? And someone did, it sold within 24 hours. I just love it when that happens. It pays to have someone knocking at my door.
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