sometime last year, we picked up a couple really nice, sturdy heywood wakefield school chairs at an antique shop when we were up in des moines. we had been looking for something to go with our dining table, single chairs vs the bench we have on the other side (some people are bench people, some people are chair people, this is the best of both worlds, it seems). anyway, i imagine we’ll switch chairs out at this table 1800 times over the upcoming years as our tastes change and as we come across little gems we must drag home.
they were a little rough and tumble when we found them, with the original paint, names carved into the wood, even some petrified gum on the bottom of one of them. after sitting at the table multiple times a day over the past year and thinking “i’ve got to do something with these!” there was a break in the weather last week, perfect for working outside, so they got a little facelift. nothing much, just a new dark charcoal coating with lots and lots of matte poly, a light sanding, a little oil, and a healthy dose of our household favorite, howard’s feed and wax.