Saturday, October 15, 2011

The Chair Project

 Where have I been?  Wallowing in self pity.  I still don't know if we will lose our house.  It's month-to-month.  But I want to thank June and Laney who email frequently with pep talks, prayers and 'thinking of you' notes! You are my angels!  My sister has also been a huge support.  Thank you Kelley!  And a big hello to Mary who is the 100th Jewel Box® follower!  Wow!  Mary has a very clever blog you can find at Mary@redo101.  

To keep busy, I'm throwing myself into little projects after work.  Here is my latest effort, a scroll arm chair. 
Jewel Box® Home Scroll Arm Chair

This started as an old chair from my mother-in-law's house.  First I cut out the caning on both arms.  Next I sanded and weathered the chair using nails, a hammer and a meat cleaver.   There is a little too much weathering, but it sure felt good to beat up that chair!

I also sanded the sharp edges of the chair and for the final step, applied a mahogany stain. As you can see, I didn't get the stain on evenly.  Oh well, it goes with the eclectic look, right?   Here is the completed chair next to the sofa with a foot stool.

And yes, the sofa is faded and needs to be recovered.  But that project has to wait.

Enjoy your weekend!



  1. So happy to see your posting! We all miss you so much.

    Love the chair. Is it as comfy as it looks?

    I'm happy to know that your on-line friends are able to offer you support. I feel blessed to be considered one of them.


  2. Hi June! Dear friend, I am the one blessed by your friendship! And yes, the chair is very comfy. Thanks for everything!!!

  3. I am so happy to hear that you are still in your house. Even month-to-month is better than gone. I will continue to keep you in my thoughts.

    The chair looks amazing!

  4. Hi Stellans, Thanks for the very helpful perspective! I'm always looking for stability, so month-to-month seems like a failure. But you are so right, it's better than gone. You really helped.

    Thanks again!

  5. ...i am so happy to hear your voice again!...the chair is clever of you to see the wonderful lines hiding behind the is now a piece of art...a true jewel...keep looking out that window...for that sky filled with love and blessings and you hugs laney

  6. What a great chair - who would have thought to remove the caning? Love it! kelley

  7. I love the scroll-arm chair. It mimics the curved arm of the sofa.

    I certainly hope things go well for you and your husband. It must be such a stressful time for you, but things have a way of working themselves out, even when circumsances seem very bleak.

    You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  8. Jill C., Camarillo, CANovember 11, 2011 at 8:24 PM

    Well maybe I am follower 101! I have enjoyed your blog for some time now so why not be a follower. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I don't know if I can express this in just a few words and to someone I don't know but to the extent you can just let go. There is so much that is out of our control, worrying yourself sick about it won't change it. Focus on the people you love in your life. I wish you the best.

  9. Bless your heart, I hope thinks work out for the best for you. You've been working hard getting your MIL's house staged, it looks great. Thanks for your sweet comment about my little blog - I love blogging because of the wonderful friends I meet - like you. Hugs,