CON LO Chair Challenge

CON LO Chair Challenge -- Chair #3

Well, it's called a challenge for a reason, right? Not always easy. And we have to fess up that we missed last month's chair. Where did May go? And now June is rapidly passing and I find myself asking the same thing. This summer is already flying by.

I have to pause though and acknowledge that we've been super busy and stacked with projects. So, it's actually a good thing that we've missed a chair post because that means real, money making work trumps fun, project work that doesn't pay the bills! If you buy a chair, that could change things around and this could be a profit making challenge. So buy a chair already! 

Back to the chairs. Since we missed May, and June is almost to a close, we decided to combine both months and deliver FOUR chairs. Well, stools, actually. The stools are re-purposed industrial shop stools with reclaimed ponderosa pine tops. The upper parts of the legs are branded with our racing stripes, our signature, in Montana Gold "gravel" spray paint. 

Ben is already working on July's chair and it's shaping up nicely. Stay tuned for next month's chair, soon. 

The stools are for sale on the store link. Get your hot little buns in one of these handsome stools! 

All for now, 


CON LO Chair Challenge

"Con lo que tengo" is a saying in Spanish that my Cuban mother would say in many different contexts to mean that you've got to use what you've got in this life. My mother, who is a excellent cook, would often use the "con lo que tengo" saying when she would be cooking. A little this, a little that, and a beautiful meal would be prepared out of what seemingly appeared to be nothing. 

We've adopted this idea and we've abbreviated the saying to: CON LO. The "Con Lo" spirit can be applied to all aspects of life -- the idea of taking something that you've got, simply using what's right in front of you to create something wonderful. 

And so, in the spirit of CON LO, we're launching a year long challenge. Each month, we will be releasing a CON LO Chair. These chairs will be re-purposed and re-designed from old chairs and found materials.

Why chairs? We love chairs and the utilitarian nature they represent. We are always finding, collecting, and acquiring unique chairs. We are drawn to the classic bases, modern lines, and old-school colors. There is generally something amiss with these finds -- a ripped seat cushion, a busted leg or a scratched up base. While most people would look past these finds, we see potential to breath new life into these old gems. We are always seeing something in the ones we're drawn to, and have quite a collection.

The CON LO Chair Challenge fuses our love of chairs with the spirit of "con lo." Using materials we have in the shop -- wood, metal, parts, paint, and whatever we have laying around (con lo!!) -- we are going to re-design and re-purpose a chair, a month. The chairs will be posted on the blog and on the site for sale.

Here's to embracing what you've got by making what you have work. Here's to creating something out of "nothing" to create something beautiful and functional. Here's to CON LO!

--Julie and Ben

Chairs ready to be re-purposed for the CON LO Chair Challenge!

Chairs ready to be re-purposed for the CON LO Chair Challenge!