When I say I am taking care of some long-dormant projects, I really mean it. This pair of chairs is finally finished. I realized when looking over the old pictures that I have had them since at least 2012. These chairs were originally donated to a fundraiser, and no one wanted them. The owner didn't want to take them home, and asked me to take them. I did so reluctantly. After various peregrinations between garage, cellar and attic,
I felt a start would be to at least repair and prep them. This caused somewhat of a dilemma, as described in an older post:
This type of chair, common in the Pennsylvania area, have various names: Yoke back, plank seat, lyre back and fiddle back (depending on the shape of the splat). Among one group they are called "Schnader" chairs, due to a collection of designs painted by a Mr. Schnader of Pennsylvania in the 1940s.
|Typical chair design (source unknown)|
|Base coat of salmon pink|
I always liked the bold colorful designs, and had some patterns to work from. But when it finally came time to start painting them, I simply went my own way, creating an original design by building up element by element.
|Start of banding and striping|
|Building up a design (you can see I multi-task)|
|An original design!|
While the design is not an authentic re-creation, it does provide a colorful pair of chairs ready for use, rather than incomplete and nagging at me. Note to self: don't be too willing when someone offers you free furniture!