Have a Seat

We’ve been in love with the Eames fiberglass shell chairs ever since we bought a bright yellow RAR rocker in anticipation of our first born (actually two shells). The affair continued with our second child when we added one for her; this time an orange upholstered model.

Our boy in his Eames shell

Now, we’re going all-out crazy with eight Eames side chairs to go around the dining table at our Big Special. Big Special – that’s what the little guy up there who’s now four calls the new house.

Dining chairs
Dining chairs
 

So far, as you can see we have six that we’ve bought onesey-twosey from the eBay. Going prices seem to be around $200 each without bases. These have just been sitting in boxes for months so Sunday I decided to pull them out and give them a good cleaning. It turns out they’re really not that dirty, but it seemed like a good excuse at the time.

Also, it was an opportunity to get our little helper involved.

Our oldest helping out.
Our oldest helping out.
 

I just sprayed them down with a diluted solution of Simple Green and scrubbed them with a sponge.

This is a narrow-mount model and fits most bases.
This is a narrow-mount model and fits most bases.
This is the wide mount, also known as the "scholastic" mount used in schools.
This is the wide mount, also known as the “scholastic” mount used in schools.
The less-common medallion.
The less-common medallion.
This spot needs some sanding and filling.
This spot needs some sanding and filling.
This guy is in the worst shape.  Someone had painted it (horrors) and the seller did his best to strip it.
This guy is in the worst shape. Someone had painted it (horrors) and the seller did his best to strip it.
Remaining paint
The paint proved harder to remove from the light scratches.
This one is in need of new shock mounts.
This one is in need of new shock mounts.
It's good to find these on the underside of the chair.  Special shout-out to Jerry wherever you are.
It’s good to find these on the underside of the chair. Special shout-out to Jerry wherever you are.
The embossed Herman Miller logo lets you know it's authentic.
The embossed Herman Miller logo lets you know it’s authentic.
 

That night my wife checked eBay and found a great “buy it now” deal on two green shells which just happens to be her favorite color. I probably don’t have to tell you that we should be receiving them soon.

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