Friday, June 18, 2010

Chapel chairs...

I just never see these chairs in the hundreds dozens of magazine pages I flick through each month  so I was very excited to find this room while flicking online recently.
These are MY chairs. Wooden chapel chairs I bought in London -  the church authorities there have been replacing them with a more practical (and much less charming) plastic option. 

I found a couple at a Chiswick antique store and then tracked down more at a tumble down barn in Surrey that housed all manner of church antiquities - altars, candle sticks, robes and of course church pews. An old wooden chapel bench came back to Australia with us too and has sat in quite a few hallways since.

The chairs are sturdy, made from elm with a slight curve in the seat and a ledge for your song book or bible - or toy car, fork or sandwich crust in our house!
I love my chapel chairs  but so too did the borer that hitched a ride back to Australia. I know, I know, criminal. But how was I to know?

Luckily they were well wrapped in the container and didn't munch through all my other furniture. For some reason the quarantine officials didn't find them either.

Only four chairs were infected - when I found the sawdust  I panicked, banished them outside and liberally doused them in borer killer and again twice more for luck.

Then I painted them. Now don't YOU panic. They look quite good or they will when I paint them for the final time and find just the right shade. But that's another story for another sunnier day. When I get a break in the weather I'll get them outside and tell you all about it.

Pictures from here... these chairs live in a rather grand house - well worth a look.

AND a footnote - I have just popped over to Marie Nichols' blog and she has them in her London home and has posted pictures of her house today. Odd how life works like that...


  1. Love the chairs. I have a couple of vintage church pews, but have never seen chairs like these before. Hope the borers didn't do too much damage - not like my pup who quite liked to test his new teeth on my pews! Looking forward to seeing them all pretty and painted. K xx

  2. Those chairs are fantastic Ann. Thank goodness you managed to get rid of the rotten borer, nasty bugs.
    I will be keeping an eye out for your painted chairs and hoping you get some nice, fine weather soon.

  3. Those chairs are fab - wonderful mixed in with modern.

  4. Very sturdy and full of character no doubt..I'm intrigued to see how yours turn out..Have a lovely weekend..Rachaelxx

  5. Gorgeous chairs and great house in the link, too! Could do with some myself ...

  6. Borer is such a bother. I guess it's worldwide.

    Just read through the rest of your lovely blog, and I'd click the "Like" button if I could. Love what you wrote about the estate agent inspections and also about Kiwi reserve. You take gorgeous photos too.

    You are so lucky to own your villa. We are still renting! Thanks for your kind comment over at WR. xx

  7. Can't wait to see your chairs Ann. I just love that room, the light, the row of chairs, everything about it really.

  8. Those chairs are fabulous!

    Borer is a pain but can leave a lot of character. Or that is at least what I said of my borer wooden floors!

  9. What fantastic chairs and what a good story to go with them. I'm a serial mover too so I have all kinds of stories related to shipping things all over the world! :) It's really nice to find your blog, Ann!


Thanks for taking the time to write, Ann x


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