Look what I found on my last visit to Brooklyn!
I spotted it on a sidewalk sale, on our way out. We pulled up to the side of the street with much scratching of the tires, and snatched it swiftly for a mere $10.
I believe it's a low back Windsor chair. A little dented –well loved, I should say– and very comfortable for a wooden chair.
Now, on to some makeover ideas!
I like how the chair + chest have been treated: stenciled, while preserving the original wood stain. I particularly love the stencil on the chest!
Since I would like to show some of the chair's original wood, maybe this is the way to go...?
A completely different approach: these chairs have been covered in a toile-patterned fabric. The black & white look would go neatly with my minimalist white desk –although if I do something like this, I will probably do an intricate stencil instead of using fabric.
I also picture it as white on wood: keeping the original wood finish instead of using black paint.
Alternatively, if I end up doing something simple with the wood/stain, the star of the show would be a wild cushion, full of character, in the spirit of this chair's upholstery.
The motif reminds me a little of khokhloma.
Although this little chair will be my studio companion for now, I also see as the first member of my ideal set of dining chairs: all mismatched, all beautiful.
There is plenty of inspiration out there on the subject of mismatched chairs... but that is for another day!