the No. 21 twins {bold & beautiful}

the No. 21 twins {bold & beautiful}

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Three months. That is a long break. But let me tell you, it was needed. For all who are wondering, 508 is still here and still making fabulous furniture! We took some time to recoup/regroup and make some decisions as a family as to how to move forward! This is going to be a kind of long post because I have tons of (what I think are cool) photos to show you PLUS, at the end of this post, I explain a little more some of the changes we are making….

BUT with out further adieu….I want you to meet these guys….the No. 21 twins…

No. 21 chairs before

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Whoa- right? These twins were a commission piece for a lovely couple in DC. They found this incredible set of chairs that I just could NOT say no to! I have never done a piece like this because these suckers were OLD.
The work here was in the DECONSTRUCTION. HOLY MOLY ….I am talking layers and LAYERS of shredding silk, horse hair, springs, one hundred thousand tacks and HAY believe it or not! I took a series of photos as I was taking apart the first one…take a look:

No. 21 deconstruction

That first rip into the seat is when I knew this was going to be a big job:
No. 21 deconstruction

No. 21 deconstruction

Yup- there is the hay/straw…
No. 21 deconstruction

The spring were attached with twine…
No. 21 deconstruction

I actually ended up taking these springs to the reupholster-er guy and he used them to create the seats again…pretty cool stuff. Oh- WHAT? You thought I reupholstered them too?! Who do you think I am-some type of super woman? Its a common mistake people make about me.
No. 21 deconstruction

No. 21 deconstruction

Once all of that was done, the real work began….there were over ONE HUNDRED MILLION tacks from all the times they had been upholstered. And Nathan and I took every last one of them out. We wanted a clean slate and we wanted to be able to do some repair to make sure these suckers were nice and sturdy. That is right….that is how we roll.
No. 21 deconstruction

No. 21 deconstruction

And here it is with everything taken off and ready for 508 to do its thang…
No. 21 deconstruction

PHEW. A lot of work, but TOTALLY worth it because to me it is such a cool process taking apart something that old. I love everything about these chairs and loved the opportunity to work on them.
As for their NEW look, we discussed how to “508” them and I couldn’t get this black and white stripe thing out of my head…I was DYING to do a chair like this and these seemed to be a perfect fit. I had seen a chair a loooong time ago like this on design sponge (thank you for the inspiration) and got the “Jo’s” (clients) approval….and voila!

no 21 front and back after shots

She wanted their number stamped in a visible location which I ended up REALLY liking the contrast of the black numbers on the white!
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This will also not be the last you will see of this fabric- I am totally on a black and white stripe kick….so settle in and get used to it…
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no 21 after details

Oh- and you are wondering why my “after” pictures are unusually fantastic even though my camera is still broken? They are all courtesy of Kelly (Kellan Studios)- THANK YOU!
no 21 chair after

Ok- as for our updates….
Changes? Yes. Our blog is still here but we will spend less time blogging and more time on furniture! The blog will be focused mainly on our before and after pieces {like this one!}. Our etsy shop will slowly start to fill up again, but as it turns out, our hands are pretty full with local pieces {which you will get to see on our blog}. To find out what inspires us here at 508, come follow me on Pinterest -AND of course, you can keep up to date with quick bits of info on our Facebook page.

That’s all I got! We are on vacation this whole week, so if I don’t respond right away, that is why. But other than that we are happy to be back!

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Cheers!
sarah

  • Loren

    Love the, love them, love them!!!

  • Joannacharron

    I can’t believe you saved these pretties! The process photos are awesome!! I LOVE THEM!

  • Caterine Snelson

    amazing! love your work…

    Caterine
    730design.blogspot.com

  • Emily Weiss

    I saw this post on design sponge along with the kitchen Island. You mentioned your own glaze to further age to the piece. Any glazes you would recommend or combination of things you would recommend? I am interested in sanding painting and distressing a dresser and two night stands for a bedroom and I love the look you achieved!

    • I just used a clear wax on the chairs after distressing with a sander. Sometimes I will use a darker stain over the paint to get an aged look as well.

    • Anonymous

      I just used a clear wax on the chairs after dis­tress­ing with a sander. Some­times I will use a darker stain over the paint to get an aged look as well.

  • Joy Morykon

    love

  • Joy Morykon

    Love

  • Sunshine

    You are a miracle worker. . These are amazing!

  • Phylken1

    Wow! What a transformation! The chairs came out beautifully! You certainly see hidden beauty in old, worn out furniture. Interesting pictures of the process. Love you G and G.

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