Yup, that's ugly. Dirty chartreuse can seldom be referred to as anything else, you know?
But with a little perseverance, a little elbow grease, and a little bit of vision, we revealed....
a scruffy young swan! (Well, maybe not so young...that nasty yellow vinyl had to be close to thirty years old.)
We're still in the process of buffing the paint marks off with fine steel wool, but this roadside rescue has become the most sought-after---and fought over---chair in the kitchen. When we started out, my intention was to re-upholster the thing entirely, but the original red was in such good shape that I took the lazy way out. (Imagine that!)