Juror's Chair Makeover

And so continues the weird chair obsession I've had as of late....

Lately, I've been itching to get my hands on a banker's chair or a juror's chair. Why? I don't know. Is there ever any reason behind what I want in the furniture realm?

If you're not sure what I'm talking about, here are a few examples.

While I haven't been able to find either of these exact chairs, I did find one that could fit the bill. Now we all know I'm terrible at remembering to take "before" shots when I'm pumped about a project...

...so while this chair isn't exactly the one I brought home, I did get a very similar one. And with a price tag of a whopping $2.00 last week, I had a vision & had to have it. It didn't have the curves of the ones I had been looking for, but the arms were very similar & it was pretty sturdy.

Now, there's nothing wrong with this chair. It's a very respectable chair. Chances are, it sat through many an important trial or across from many an important investor. My chair has a history, but most importantly, it has good bones that are begging for a touch-up.

I'll spare you most of the details, but these are the supplies I used to get the look- all I had to buy was the chair!

If you're looking to refinish a piece of furniture with minimal work & maximum results, antique waxing is definitely the way to go. After about an hour of actual work time (and about 2 hours of dry time) this is what I came out with. 

I can't believe this is something that I did. I can't get over it. Every time I look at it, I think, "dang, I did good."

It's got just enough of a dirty antique look mixed with the cute & clean farmhouse stencil. Very much an accent piece that's headed in the direction I'd like our house to go. 

Now I just have to find a place to put it! I quite like it with our exterior brick, but there's no way I'm leaving this outside to let it get ruined by weather. Until I find a place, it'll hang out in the corner of our living room, waiting for a home.

What do you guys think? Is it too antiqued with the wax? Would you have chosen to forego the stencil? Or do you think I should have left it alone in its original state?

Either way, I'm in love with this finish, and am hoping to find something else I can do with this look!


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