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…

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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….

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

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

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

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

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

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The end.

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10 comments:

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!

-Rene

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