A client in Verona was looking to lighten up her kitchen cabinetry and bring a brighter and more cohesive look to her kitchen. The glazed pine cabinets were fine, but looked too "busy" for the space and didn't work well with the tile backsplash. We discussed a few options and she decided on having them painted "Linen White" to match her pre-existing trim work and to create a seamless look to the cabinetry.
Talented, knowledgable, friendly owner and staff State of the Art Framing facility Beautiful gallery of artwork from local and regional artists Incredible assortment of handmade jewelry, pottery, glassware and chocolates Fun and attractive home decor Wide array of gifts Painted furniture and home decor by Integrity Furniture Co. Wonderful shopping events...featuring live jazz music and featured artists
"Simply, Art and Framing" 11 N. Union Ave, Cranford, NJ 07016 (908) 272-3030 simplyartandframes.us Street side parking and Municipal parking at the rear of the building.
Windsor chairs represent Colonial America and have often been referred to as "the perfect chair". They are functional, lightweight, comfortable, versatile and sturdy. Dating back to 16th Century England, the Windsor chair was brought to America by English settlers and were used extensively during the time of the Revolution. Windsor chairs are pictured in many of the renderings of home interiors of that time period. It is believed that the first American Windsor Chairs were made in Philadelphia in 1730. Today, Windsor chairs can be found in many American homes.
The seat of the Windsor chair is the foundation around which the chair is built. Sculpted into a "Saddle" for comfort, the seat is made of thick wood into which the chair-back and legs are pushed into drilled holes. The legs are spalyed and fitted with a cross brace, (aka a stretcher), offerring maximun balance, strength and stability. The beautiful, curved and slightly reclined spindle back of the Windsor chair offers strong support when leaning back to relax. Traditionally, the legs, stretchers and uprights of a Windsor Chair are turned on alathe, formin a decorative spindle. The back and the arms are formed by steaming and bending (steam bent) pieces of wood. You can find Windsor Chairs in a variety of forms, woods and finishes. Windsor chairs are identified by the stlye of the back and the arms (See below in the photos of the most common American Windsor forms). Arm chairs, side chairs, benches, setees, writing chairs, rocking chairs and stools have all been made in the Windsor style.
Different regions of the country have made their unique impression on the Windsor chair; for example, New England and Philadelphia have distinctive turned spindles, each design different from the other. Many design eras have also left their mark on the Windsor chair. Adaptations have been made to the traditional Windsor styles taking on design elements from the Chippendale, Gothic, Sheraton and Mid-century periods.
In recent years, designers have modified the traditional Windsor styles to look more updated, sleek and modern. Windsor chairs can work in any space, with any style and now they are hotter than ever. Why? They are "the perfect chair".
A client recently contacted me, looking for chairs for her kitchen. She was hoping for well-made chairs with both character and versatility. I happened to have 6 Windsor chairs in my workshop that were screaming for a makeover and a new home. I knew they would be perfect for her. Made by the "S. Bent & Brothers" Company in Gardner, MA, this set was likely mass produced in the 50's, but had the craftsmanship, character and beauty of the Windsor chairs made long ago.
They were in rough shape, needed a good cleaning and some extensive repairs. I replaced the broken spindles, glued and braced the cracked seats and filled in and sanded the legs and stretchers that had been chewed by a dog. Once everything was fully repaired and sanded, I painted them black at my client's request and gave them a satin finish.
This beautiful set (of 2 braced, comb-back arm chairs and 4 braced, fan-back side chairs) are headed to their new home in Portsmouth, NH, where they will play an integral role in family meals, parties, get togethers and great conversations. Long live the Windsor Chair. Tricia Landel
I was lucky enough to happen upon 4 of these beautiful chairs. Structurally, they were in great condition. After removing the original upholstery and cushions, I was ready to get started... A client happened to call asking for 4 black chairs for her Dining Room. I provided her with a number of fabric options that I thought would work she chose the black and white houndstooth. I painted the chairs black, built ahd upholstered new seats and...she loves them!
When I found this dresser in the garage of an old home, it was in a box...in pieces. The entire dresser had been taken apart. I grabbed what I could find and despite being two drawers short, I knew I could make something beautiful out of what was there. For sale at "Simply Art and Framing", 11 N. Union Ave, Cranford, NJ
I just finished working on a dresser...and I love it...
When I began working on this very old dresser, it had a coat of ivory paint and brushed nickel knobs. It had been well cared for and was in great condition. I wanted to give it some texture and charm, so I made three different onlays in my workshop and affixed them to the dresser. The rose onlay that I placed on the middle drawer is the largest and most pronounced, drawing your eye to the center of the piece. I made two back plates for the glass knobs and two additional onlays that I added to the trim, toward the top of either side of the dresser.
Since this dresser had already been painted once before, I decided to go with chalk paint, as it provides excellent adhesion. I chose Annie Sloan, "Pure White", which I use constantly. I sanded and lightly distressed the edges and added a protective coat of soft wax.
After digging through my collection of antique and vintage hardware, I found the perfect finishing touches...two glass knobs and eight matching, brass pail pulls. I brushed the bail pulls with some white paint, measured and drilled the proper holes and installed the hardware.