Have a seat

About 4 years ago, when I was living in Boulder, I wandered into a "gently-used" furniture store that sold high-end furniture casted off by well-to-do Boulderites. My hungry eyes raked the collection until they landed on 2 delectable chairs. Even back then, when my design awareness was limited to "haute hand-me-downs", I knew the chairs were quite a find. (Although, you could have whispered the words mid-century modern to me during those days, and my eyes would have glazed over blankly whilst my mind would have drifted to Laguna Beach reruns.)

The previous owners had taken impeccable care of the chairs and the store had the upholstery professionally cleaned before pricing them. They claimed that the chairs were "true period pieces". I nodded like I knew what they were talking about.

The chairs were $50 each. And we naturally gravitated towards each other.  Repainting the weathered wooden arms and legs have been on my long list of projects. Finally, I decided I couldn't stand to look at the outdated varnished wood one second longer.

Roughed up and feeling a bit naked.
Edit: I've gotten questions about how I avoided getting paint on the upholstery. I simply used wide masking tape to protect the edges where the upholstery met the wood. Using my fingernails, I made sure to apply plenty of pressure to adhere the tape so that no paint bleeding would occur (i.e., paint seeping under the tape).
Even with this barrier, I still made sure to paint carefully.

Now, with 2 coats of Rustoleum paint in Espresso Satin. (click pic to enlarge)

These sit in our living room, which is still very much a work in progress.
More to come on that soon........