I was hitting up my usual thrift stores and rounded a corner and my heart dropped for two seconds, but then disappointment set in. This particular vintage Eames wanna-be was made by Selig and was in a world of hurt. The finish on the wood was really bad, so bad that I walked away but I quickly turned around not really having examined the vinyl the first time. I was surprised to find that it was in pretty good shape. I figured I would give a shot at rehabbing this thing.

selig eames lounge chair rehab plastolux

I started by taking the whole thing apart.

selig eames lounge chair rehab plastolux

You can see the finish on the wood shells were shot, I am thinking this chair was outside on someones deck.

selig eames lounge chair rehab plastolux

selig eames lounge chair rehab plastolux

Instead of using a stripper or remover to take the finish off I decided to just sand it off. What I discovered was oak, not the funnest wood to work with.

selig eames lounge chair rehab plastolux

selig eames lounge chair rehab plastolux

selig eames lounge chair rehab plastolux

Completely sanded down.

selig eames lounge chair rehab plastolux

I took the metal brackets to work and sand blasted them down to the metal then primed and painted them. I bought all new hardware for this project. With the bolts being silver I knew that would not look good against the wood so I also took the bolt heads, sanded, primed and painted them the same color.

selig eames lounge chair rehab plastolux

The wood shells turned out quite light in color. I wanted them to be darker than the color of the cushions so I opted for a dark walnut stain. After the stain dried I applied a couple of coats of polyurethane to finish them off. I also gave the chrome parts the tin foil and vinegar treatment which quickly made the chrome look like new.

selig eames lounge chair rehab plastolux

selig eames lounge chair rehab plastolux

I think the chair turned out quite well, I really don’t have room for it so I may put it in my sons room or throw it up on Craigslist.