Well, I finally finished them. It's pretty hard to do a project like this when spray paint weather is so elusive. I actually found these chairs at a local thrift store last fall, intending to get this done for Deb's birthday. But her birthday is long gone. Nevertheless, I persevered and got them done.
They're pretty much the ubiquitous Eames-style chair from the 1960's. It's kind of funny - these were all over my childhood - at school and church - everywhere you went. We never thought they were anything special., but I can tell you, when I spotted them at the thrift shop, I just knew they'd fit in with Deb's slightly quirky mid-century modern decor.
She loves deep, beautiful color, so I had a feeling these would strike a chord.
I'm a bad blogger - never took a "before" shot, but I can tell you that they were originally white. A dirty, dingy, beat-up, rough shape, sorta white, that is. I sanded the scratchy bits, including the edges. I gave them several coats of this Claret Wine from Rustoleum. It's their paint specially formulated to bond with plastic. It really did a nice job.
I sprayed the legs with Rustoleum's Dark Bronze - actually very close to what they were originally. But now they are scratch-free. I also had a weld repaired. (Full disclosure - I actually snapped the weld when I pulled the legs free. Fortunately, one of MMM's oldest buddies welds and welds well. It turned out great!) And I replaced the rubber tips.
These chairs are a sweet little set now. I'm glad they're finally moved into their new home, and off my to-do list! Is your weather cooperating with your projects? Do you need it to?