One hazy morning, Haskins instigated an outing. We headed out to peruse kitchens and interior storage solutions.
We vocalised our distain for poor kitchen finishings, then our confusion over inadequate storage, she oozed frustration for unbalanced under lighting, then, a secret hatred slipped out.
In B&Q every derogatory term was utilised against our chairs. Quacking with a slung arm the descriptions and anti feng shui-ness of the varnish were elaborated. It was attracting negative energy, obviously so. During the house move, every action was taken to accidentally break the chairs, two inherited with the property and the other two from our previous home. Stealth tactics like hiding them with reindeer skin were applied. Looking into the dining area, thoughts of bonfires, and petrol came to mind.
The chairs attracted necessary hatred for taking attention from the two beautiful pieces by Alan Stones.
It's not as though we weren't looking to replace them, we were. However, as Hasko said, we're not happy with just anything. She was right, there was nothing in any furniture store that made sense. The only thing that came close was a beautiful piece of fallen oak from a logger in Yorkshire that would have made a beautiful bench, except, it donned the price tag of a beautiful piece of fallen oak from 200 miles away.
Still in B&Q we stumbled, almost literally across Rust-Oleum's Anthracite chalk paint. Chalk paint to disguise the chairs had been a consideration, but from a quick pinterest search, the inspiration available was generically shabby chic.
The Anthracite paint was a great tone and for £14, it was a win/win.
Back home the chairs were painted without being sanded down, just straight onto a varnished surface. The application was easy and the result unparalleled, for now.
Okay, the reindeer hide couldn't be resisted, it's so cosy not to have it. And the Feng shui? We'll surely the chi must be happy now?