Friday, October 29, 2010

well, they always thought they were french.

I was walking around my local (tiny) Goodwill one day, and I saw these chairs. I didn’t even slow down and kept right on walking. As I was on the OPPOSITE side of the store I heard these chairs calling me. “Come on back… Look at us again…. Give us a chance. We’re so embarrassed in these ugly clothes we’re wearing… We KNOW we can be better. Help us!” You know what I did next: I bought them. Now, let me tell you, these babies were hideous. I don’t even KNOW what this fabric is that they were covered in. What I can tell you is that they were FILTHY and in need of some serious loving…


As tacky as these girls were in their present condition I KNEW they had some great features. The cane was in PERFECT condition, and look at the adorable spindles on the backs….


Those metal finals gave more character… tacky character at this point, but character nonetheless. :)


Both these sisters got a couple of coats of Rustoleum’s Heirloom white followed by a good distressing and glaze of dark walnut stain.


They were finished off with brand new recovered seats in a gorgeous black and off white damask….


As I finished them up I heard them whispering to me one more time….


This time it was, “I told you so. We may have been tacky, but we always knew we were French.”


The end.

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Julie Harward said...

I love them...cutest chairs I have seen in a long time! :D

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Love the tall backs on these, Loulou! I think you could also have gone Asian ~ the tops remind me of a pagoda shape. Odd numbered chairs like these are great as extras {I have some in my house} and come in handy for parties, a chair in your closet when you are getting dressed and need to sit, even in an entry. Lovely inspiration!

Midcenturymadam said...

Great chair rescue. Love the high backs.

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Great job on the chairs!! They came out beautiful! Love them! :)

Renee said...

Just beautiful! Love your blog!

kathie said...

You're hilarious ~ and your chairs turned out beautifully!! I love painted caning!

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Such pretty chairs!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

those turned out so pretty! definitely this treatments suits them so much more than finished wood! thanks for joining my party!

Lori @ Projects Plenty said...

Love those chairs... especially the caning and the high backs. You did a great job on the finish and fabric selection!

Rene said...

I'm so jealous :) I found a set of chairs just like this the other day, but the finial was broken on one, sniff.

They turned out great!



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