Vintage School Chairs

Who doesn’t love a good vintage schoolhouse chair!  When I got them, the metal frame was its standard tan and the plywood seats and back were two different tones.  These are American Envoy #17s.

After what felt like hours sanding off the old finish from the wood, I restained them in a warm red oak.  They still don’t quite match but they are close.


For the metal frames, I painted one coat of a light green paint, then a coat of blue, then sanded the blue away to expose the green paint, the original tan paint, and even the bare metal under it all.  It’s all finished with a coat of polycrylic.


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