Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Yikes! Another Sikes Desk Chair!

Oh, yes. 
I was perusing a local thrift when I spied my favorite type of desk chair.  This time with the swivel legs and tilting seat.  But, it looked like it had been through the wringer:



But, Yikes, it was a Sikes!


The man following us around the thrift mumbled something about it being "antique", so I knew he was going to ask a ridiculous price for a piece that was in just awful condition.  Imagine my surprise when he said "ten dollars" when I asked how much.  He even loaded it into my car for me!

It's been sitting in my carport for the last week and today I decided to tackle it.  I had borrowed an electric sander from my good friend and fellow blogger  KarenSue  to use on another project and decided while I had it to put it to work on my "new" chair.

Lots of sanding, dusting and using of my handy finish restorer and I think the initial results turned out pretty well.




I applied some sealer, let it hang outside for a couple of hours while I worked on my other project and then wheeled the Sikes into my office.  I think it looks quite at home with my desk.



I will still add some more coats of sealer, but I'd say the first stage of the process went very well.  As for my other Sikes chairs, well, now I have two terrific side chairs for extra seating.

BTW, when I went to the store to buy some WD-40 to loosen up the hardware on the chair, I was carded!  Seems you need to prove you are over 18 years of age to purchase it these days.  What will it be next?


 


12 comments:

KarenSue said...

It looks great! I'm not familier with a Sike but now I'm on the hunt.
Don't you love it when someone follows you around as if you are going to put something back. You know you have something good. I can follow someone and they never know it. I can also will them to put something down.
I love my little night lite! Did you make it? Did I miss that girl scout meeting? I like the pick switch. Thank you! You can use my sander anytime but I'm sure you will want your own.

Jessica said...

Looks great! I just got similar chairs at a garage sale and I love them.

Orlando Grandma said...

After seen the original shape your chair was in I can appreciate the good job you are doing.

Tammy said...

Wow, this turned out beautiful!! I would love a chair like this one. To move freely in ... nice find. Tammy

Mr. Connor said...

Looks great ! Can't wait to try it out. WD-40 ~ well there are a lot more "items" you are going to be carded on. !

Linda said...

Wow, this chair turned out beautifully! Looks fabulous with your desk...it's an antique, but such a great modern industrial style, too! Great job!

Sammy said...

That looks so great! I love that they were suspicious of your intentions with the WD40 :]

Doug said...
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Doug said...

I have a nice Sikes office chair for sell if anyone might be interested in it. I think it is in very good condition consideration its age. You can email me at: theebayconnection@yahoo.com

Doug said...

I have a very nice Sikes Office Chair I am looking to sell to someone who may be interested in it. I have pics and anyone interested in seeing them can email me at: theemailconnection@yahoo.com

Avery Lambert said...

Hi, my name is Avery from North Carolina. I have a Sikes Chair exactly like yours. Could you send me a few pictures of the bracket that holds the chair to the legs? I think that someone has sat in it and snapped the axle that holds the legs in place and was wanting a picture to see if I could re-make one.

Avery Lambert said...

lambert.avery.v@gmail.com