Adventures in Seating.
Many things take place in these moments we call time. It is now in this moment I share one of them with you. Refinishing a set of six Burke tulip chairs and three Kinetic K700 stools. But wait. There's more.
We have new neighbors. Two hipster brothers procured a great little Mid Century Modern home in our hood. They plan to restore, having already found original flooring in great condition beneath tired carpet.
Greeted them with a house warming gift in the form of Atomic Ranch magazine's latest issue.
Turns out I know one of the brothers. Paths have crossed several times over the years. Now we're neighbors. Fitting. He's employed at local Indianapolis contemporary furniture store, Houseworks. Not a bad neighbor to have. Just saying.
Long-time readers may recall this image and laments regarding overgrowth hiding architecturally interesting features.
First action by the brothers was to remove the infraction, revealing 12 cubes cut into off-center privacy wall. This wall shields outdoor patio.
Addition of the brothers brings our neighborhood's cool renovator count to six. Six Mid Century Modern enthusiasts on a mission to beautify and bring attention to Indianapolis' little-known MCM oasis called Devington.
Cheers to that!
Detour taken to share latest additions to our growing family.
Good friend, and inspirational sounding board donated his Herman Miller Aluminum Group coffee table to our evolving abode, citing "there just wasn't room for it anymore". Have yet to experience this problem of which he speaks. Grateful indeed.
Latest Goodwill excursion netted sweet set of vintage Panasonic speakers.
They sound good but it's the detail in the grill that pulled me in. Model (SB-3057) search on Google did not return any substance.
Craigslist delivered huge prize. Been on hunt for patio heat source. Ebay typically starts bidding at $500 for like items. We walked for $75. Can't wait to fire it up and invite new neighbors.
Full-circle brings us to main event. Chair refinishing.
Purchased set of six Burke tulip chairs at 20th Century Cincinnati as chronicled here.
Image above does not reveal chipping bases and slowly yellowing original gel coating.
Many moons ago, scored set of three yellow Kinetic K700 stools.
As Atomic Indy kitchen panel voters know, yellow stools do not work with newly painted island.
Refinishing was in order.
Friend is a fabricator for ACS Sign Systems in Indianapolis. ACS often works with architects, which automatically adds to their cool factor.
Rolled in on quiet Saturday morning. Prepped chairs.
First removed bases.
Base removal revealed "805" written in five of six, with six labeled "A". Any known significance to this?
Thoroughly cleaned, sanded, reassembled. Filled nicks or inconsistencies with acrylic epoxy. Sanded again.
Image resembles chair police line-up.
Friend in action hitting chairs with architectural grade semi-gloss white from Matthews Paint. Notice color variation on chairs to his right.
First coat drying.
Two coats later.
Chair band reunited atop newly acquired cowhide rug. Cushion fabrication in process. Still sitting around plastic folding table awaiting great deal on oval tulip table.
Plans to paint this wall in very near future.
K700 stools playing well with orange island. Love when a plan comes together.
Had first bout of yard work last weekend. Lost. Delicately type through a case of poison ivy. On the happier side, shaped bushes for first time and didn't create any bald spots.
Off to scratch this itch.