Sunday, May 6, 2012

Free style pick'n

Before

appliance epoxy

plasti dip

after
Free style picking is a term I borrowed from the "American Pickers" , and they use this term for when they drive around and when they see something they could be interested in buying they ask the owner if they would sell it to them.
We were on a walk and I noticed in a backyard there was a lonely Bertoia accompanied by a folding lawn chair and two beat up wooden kitchen chairs. The Bertoia looked lonely and scared, not knowing how its life took such a turn that it would end up in a place this.
I asked the man out front if it was his chair in the backyard, and he said no its my neighbors, and he's not home. So, as I walked home I decided It was my job to rescue this poor lost soul, clean him up, and let him know he was loved.
I decided to drive by again a couple of days later, and I was lucky enough that the owner was in the back yard. I asked If I could purchase the chair, and ready for my rejection, he kindly said yes. He first told me he would feel bad charging me, since he had found the chair himself. But, after thinking it over for a moment, his reply was $15. I couldn't get to my wallet fast enough and handed him the money. He smiled and said he thought I was going to try to talk him down, and that he would have taken $10. he loaded the chair into the car, and we were both as happy as could be.
The chair needed some love, and as I had promised, I took him home, and began to bring him a new lease on life. I scraped him down to get any loose finish off, I took the seat off the base, and used white appliance epoxy on the seat and the used black plasti dip on the base. I did a few coats of each, letting them dry in between. And that is how this Bertoia got a new home. ( I also had to promise no more nights spent out side, this city can be rough)

14 comments:

  1. Beautiful job, isn't it great to give new life to such a classic chair?!!

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    1. Thank you! I always love something more when I feel like I've done it justice and can give it a good home!

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  2. Great restoration job! How do you like using Plasti Dip?

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    1. Thanks Dana! I like using plasti dip, it has a nice matte finish, and I thought without the glides it would hold up better. It was also the first time using the epoxy appliance paint and I think it is going to hold up better than a regular spray paint.I have a wire pair of Eames chairs, and when I had a couple of welds done they also painted it, and whatever they used has not held up at all. I plain to use the same paint combo on my Eames set if the epoxy paint holds up.
      I keep meaning to post a comment on your blog as to how beautiful your store is! I hope I will get a chance in the future to visit!

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  3. Your blog rocks, post more. :)

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    1. Thank You! I would love to post more, but these two things I call my children really seem to get in the way! HA HA ! I will try to post more often soon, my oldest will be starting school soon and I hope to be posting more to once a week. I continue to do a lot around the house and sometimes its hard to tell if its blog worthy. Thank you for checking things out when I do post!

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  4. Is this the one you picked up a while ago or a new Bertoia find? What a score!

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  5. What a great rescue story! The chair looks amazing. I also love the fireplace in the first picture. I really want one of those!

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    1. Thanks! We are lucky enough to have two preway fireplaces, one inside and one out.

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  6. I just found someone tossing a chair just like this. Its in similar (before) shape. I've been looking for the best paint to use. How did your paint choices hold up over the summer? Happy with the epoxy?

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