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Witco chair recovery project....fabric hunt.
uncle trav
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Joined: Apr 27, 2005
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From: Kalamazoo
Posted: 2010-07-24 07:42 am   Permalink

I found this Witco chair a couple of weeks ago out in the rural jungles of Michigan. No background history on the chair other than the old gentleman that I got it from had picked it up years ago for his American Indian collection and displayed it with tomahawks and rattles. I wanted to clean up the chair and keep as much of the original paint as possible so this is how it is coming along so far. This is more of a conservation project than a restoration. For a fantastic restoration project of one of these chairs check out Psycho Tiki D's thread here. http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=36201&forum=18&26 sorry for the bad pics but I hope to get some better outside shots later.

Here are some before pics and the progress shots. This finish of the chair was in bad shape and very dry. I mainly wanted to take care of the years worth of scratches and bring back the original look as well as I could.


I haven't retouched any of the original paint just a careful cleaning.






Nothing had to be done structurally to the chair as these things are built solid as a rock. I still have more finish work to do on it and then the upholstery needs to be addressed. All said this is a fun project and the end result will grace the home bar and make a great addition. Thanks.



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uncle trav
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Posted: 2010-08-12 2:57 pm   Permalink

found some vintage fabric this weekend to reupholster the chair. I like the pattern allot and the colors are much brighter and crisp than the photos show. This is the first fabric I have found for the chair but hope to find more to choose from before I make a final decision. Thanks for looking.




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1961surf
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Joined: May 03, 2007
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From: Newport Beach, Ca .
Posted: 2010-08-12 8:30 pm   Permalink

Looks like bark cloth.I would like a shirt out of that!

 
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