Sunday, July 15, 2012

Pierre and Hermine

This is a layout I've been working on for a couple of weeks. There are three different paper prints used. I made boarders to separate the papers with a Martha Stewart punch and then I put their names on a name plate from a Spellbinders die. I believe the papers are from K & Company. The frames are from one of my favorite Cricut cartridges, Fancy that cart! Perfect for Heritage layouts. I do believe these are the only two photos I have of these people, so I had to dress them up a bit.
I think it was that I had a subscription to this winter, from there I could get access to online records. For some reason, they would not print nor could I take a print screen of the page. So I took out my trusty digi camera and took a photo of the computer screen. This particular page records my great Grandparents marriage. The bar on the left of the page is to translate and write up what it actually says. Because the handwriting is not the best, I have to do some checking to make sure the names and places are spelled correctly. Heritage albums are a labour of love for me.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Not quite ready to paint yet!

So I took both chairs to the garage and took a really good look at both of them. Still had a few touch ups in the stripping department to do. I'd rather take the time to see if I can get that paint off, than to have the new coat peeling. So back to the stripping drawing board for this afternoon and then, a pressure wash to get all the chemical off. Meanwhile, I have an old table that needs to have a strip job too so I can use it in my living room. Not sure if I want to tackle that today. I think I'll stick to the two rockers and finish them. Yeah, sounds like a plan.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Chair facelifts Part 2

My Grandpere's chair stripped to the best of my ability. It really is in pretty good shape considering it's over 100 years old. It has character like extra nails where it's fallen apart before and the two screws that hold the arms in place are not the same and the arms are not in the correct places. One of the spindles holding one of the arms is much smaller than the others.

The seat has a splice in it, which we couldn't see before because it was covered in a dark brown color of something or other.

The back of the chair is still remarkably well preserved in it's design. Quite amazing....

This is a view from the back of the chair, again you can see the splice in the seat of the chair. It looks rather odd.

This is my garage sale chair. We've determined it's not all made of the same wood. No matter how much stripper we put on the chair seat, we could not take the finish off in about a third of the seat. There are a few places elsewhere on the chair that we are unable to take the finish off.

The spindles cleaned up really well. The arms of the chair seem to be made of some other type of wood.
The back view of the chair, it cleaned up pretty good. 

The next step is to let both chairs dry out for the next week. Then both will be lightly sanded in preparation for their new finish. The garage sale chair will be painted in white to protect the wood because it will be outside on the deck. It rocks really nice and smooth and just perfect for my short legs. 

We are really thinking over how to refinish Grandpere's chair. We want to be able to see the design better, but we also have to take into consideration the seat that has a splice in it. I think I'll research photos of antique chairs to give me ideas....

Garage sale rocking chair and My Grandpere's rocking chair

My mom's neighbor had this rocking chair for sale in her garage sale. Nobody had picked it up after 3 days of being out there. Got it for $10. Wooohoooo! It's good and solid, needs to be reglued and refinished. I wanted it for my deck because rocking chairs just go on front porches for evenings....

It's on it's way to a new life. Im trying out two different kinds of strippers. A paint on one and a spray on one.

This is my Grandpere's rocking chair. It is over a 100 years old. Not sure what my uncle did to it, but it was ugly when I got my hands on it. I started stripping it this winter but the fumes were too much.

It has beautiful intricate designs and I love it! It is solid but the rockers are worn. That's OK, I want it to be who it is. I can't wait to finish stripping's work! Hopefully I can finish stripping these two chairs today!