Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A Haven for Mice

This was going to be a Halloween post, but with everything going on then, I forgot to post it. 
 The chair started out as a commercial chair.  I don't trust myself to build furniture from scratch. I can usually put together kits, and I love to tweak ready made pieces, but building furniture intimidates me. In this case, it probably would have been easier to start from scratch. Once I'd stripped and pried everything apart, I only ended up keeping three piece or so from the original chair.

 I really went to town aging this chair.  I like to create a sort of history for things as I age them, so that every stain, tear, or worn spot has a reason for being there. I make up things like "someone read newspapers in this chair, and got the arms covered in black ink"or "a leaky attic roof dripped on this section." Making up little stories helps keep the wear and tear logical.

Next post, I'll show another of Mom's dolls.


  1. Wat een leuk idee om al die muizen uit een oude stoel te laten kruipen :)

    Groeten Xandra

  2. I love your chair its fantastic.
    Hugs Maria

  3. That chair is wonderfully, creepy & dirty.

    I am so glad to hear that someone else makes up stories about these things. It is good to know I am not alone. I was a bit worried. Phew...Thanks! ;-)

  4. Love the chair!!! Your ageing looks very realistic and the mice looks very happy with their home.

  5. pauvre fauteuil ! Les demoiselles souris se sont bien amusées ...

  6. Edgar my cat would have a field day on that chair!

    I think you did a really good make over, and I understand the 'not making furniture from scratch', I don't trust myself either!


  7. O`my... what a wonderfully done scene, Congrats! I am stunned!

  8. Hello eliza,
    That is such a fun project. You did such a great job making the chair look old. The mice are great. A really lovely, well amde piece.
    Big hug,

  9. Original creation! I like.
    Bye Faby

  10. Great makeover, Eliza, those mice looks like they are in heaven with this chair ;)!
    Greetings, Ilona