Here’s what happens when you decide to refurbish something to donate for a good cause, but you use materials and colors that you like: it ends up staying home, and you have to scramble to find something else to donate!
Several years ago, our neighbors gave us a set of well-used solid oak pub chairs that they had found beside a dumpster behind the locally famous Manuel’s Tavern in the Poncey-Highland area of Atlanta. Last year we resurrected one of them to donate to a fund-raiser for the Furniture Bank of Atlanta. This month we resurrected one to donate to a fund-raiser at ART Station in Stone Mountain. I selected the stain (red oak) and the fabrics (fall colors) to coordinate.
My husband stripped, scrubbed, sanded, and stained the chair in preparation.
I glued on the fabric strips, and then he applied three coats of satin varnish.
Unfortunately, though, I chose colors that go beautifully in our little home, and now I can’t part with the chair! Sorry ART Station, but this chair stays with us.