Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Breathing new life into something OLD!

My fascination for things that feel old, things that have a history, a story and maybe even from another country continues on. I hope to write a bit about my trip to Round Top very soon. I still am in awe that it is miles upon miles of fields filled with vendors selling their treasures. I say treasures with a bit of a chuckle! There were a few spaces with some items that had me scratching my head wondering, who in the heck is taking these home! Anyways, more about that full trip later because one can write forever once you realize that Round Top actually spans a few cities and there are more amazing things to look at over at Marburger and truly the best deals over in Warrenton. Live in the central Texas area or Southeast over by Houston? This is a must visit and a great girls or mom and daughter trip!

One of my favorite finds has to be this set of chairs that I picked up. I've had cane back chairs on my brain for quite some time after finding inspiration from this pin on Pinterest, from blogs I follow and magazines I love to browse.

I met Kara from Atlanta who is just precious and I loved her booth. Her business name is Junkology. Oh how I wanted to change her name because the word junk just doesn't come to mind as I looked at all the gorgeous things she had. I get it though, these things were probably earmarked for Goodwill before someone decided to give them a new life. I love how she didn't paint the cane and just brightened the stain giving it that beautiful contrast I wanted.

Love the color paint that was used. The chairs have a creamy warmth to them without being harsh white. Chairs were painted in Annie Sloan chalk paint in the Old Ochre color.

Loved the perfect amount of sanding she'd done over the carved detail. Okay, now I have 2 chairs, my table seats 6. The hunt continues.

Why am I looking for new chairs? I bought a gorgeous trestle table awhile back for our breakfast room and figured, I'll start the hunt for chairs to go with it later. Well, fast forward a year plus and the same chairs have been sitting around it that are shown above! My ADD took over, and as much as I disliked the black and woodstained chairs that I had sitting around it that matched the table that had been there prior, we've used them for quite a while. They're sturdy, they're functional, they work. I wanted something lighter and airy, the black needs to go and I wanted the styling to look a bit older, a little bit Frenchy. Is that a word?

Well, this site was something that gets a little eye roll from the hubby when he comes home from work. He practices tolerance with my methods. It screams, did you just bring your grandmother's furniture home and put it in our garage? This is my Craigs List find. These chairs are so well made and sturdy and the cane is intact. Isn't Craigs list the best? In an effort not to spend a ton of money, I searched there since nice chairs can set you back quite a bit. If you have the endurance to search, you can find some amazing things others are done with. I see some paint and some new upholstery and my new chairs will soon be seated around my table. I can't wait to see this project come to the end and share photos!


Jennifer L. Griffin said...

Those are awesome! So beautiful. I have pin after pin of cane chairs, love them so much. I searched CL for MONTHS looking for a set to mix with my dining room table and couldn't come up with a decent set, so I finally gave up and ordered tufted upholstered chairs. You got a great find! (Sometimes those husbands don't quite get it, do they? :)

Debbie said...

LOL, Nope the hubby doesn't share my passion for what looks like junky old stuff to him. He does like it once he sees it done so that's when he hops on board! It's the trail of projects that pile up that drive him crazy! Since they are usually leaned up against the wall on his side of the garage, he feels the walls closing in.