Sometimes my original rehab vision for a “new” piece of vintage furniture is way out in left field. Actually, this probably happens more than just sometimes. When I saw these two chairs I immediately fell in love. It was the bow ties. I didn’t take a good look at the dining room chairs and in my mind I was going to paint them and reupholster the seats. Then I started to clean them….
I use a damp paper towel to clean off the first layer of dirt. Then I mix vegetable oil and vinegar (can be white or apple cider) and with a soft cloth I start on the second round of cleaning. After the vegetable oil and vinegar goes on, you immediately started to see the beautiful wood grain. The oil and vinegar removes some of those scratches and marks, and the oil conditions wood. I used the Google machine a while back when my love rescued a pair of Broyhill Brasilia end tables. I did quite a bit of research on the best way to clean Danish Modern / wood furniture. It’s confusing, there is so much conflicting information. Some say Murphy’s Oil Soap, others are completely against the product. I found a couple different articles on vegetable oil and vinegar, I had both ingredients in my cupboard, so I gave it a try. It works beautifully and I haven’t tried any of the other methods.
After cleaning the chairs, I started to remove the upholstery from the dining room chair seats; the upholstery crumbled apart when I touched it. Yuck. I believe the next layer of fabric may be the original fabric from the Holman Manufacturing Company, but I’m not positive on that. There isn’t much information about the Holman furniture company available on the Google machine. In a nutshell here’s what I was able to find: Holman furniture company was owned by a Danish family living in Texas, produced handmade Danish Modern furniture available to consumers at high end stores. The Holman Manufacturing Company started in the 1900’s and dissolved somewhere around 1990 when the new generations of family had no interested in being involved in the business. Okay, I don’t know if any of this is true, but if you’re interested in digging around more I found that information on the design addict site.
So, all of my original ideas of painting the pair of chairs and covering them with just the right fabric went to hell in a hand basket. I believe if I had pursued my idea of painting, the Danish Modern furniture gods would have shot me down, sent me up in smoke with a bolt of lightning, or they would have just pinned a note of shame to my shirt and sent me off for a visit with Jimmy Hoffa for future generations to discover.
In all their cleaned up glory. After!