Sunday, January 8, 2012

Drop Cloth Chairs

See my beautiful chairs?

OK, so in that state they are a bit dated. Perhaps the gold velour upholstery is not exactly my cup of tea and the dark wood is a bit...dark. But I love the caning and the shape of these chairs. I spotted them for sale by the side of the road. I stopped and knocked on the door to find out the price but alas, no one was home. Fearing that someone might grab them before me, I left a note on the door with my name and number. Later that day I got a call from the owner. It was an older lady (maybe late 60s) and she was so very sweet. She started in telling me that they had belonged to her mother and that she had purchased them about 4 or 5 years before for $200 a piece. She explained the sturdiness and quality of the construction. All I was hearing were the red flags flapping in the breeze. I just knew she was going to be asking at LEAST $100 for the pair, so I was shocked when she told me she would take $40 for the pair. I grabbed some cash and headed right over.

When I pulled up the husband was out front. He came over with a big smile on his face, shook my hand like I was an old friend, introduced himself, and called toward the open door to let his wife know I had arrived. She came out looking so delighted that I was there. In fact, I thought she might hug me. We all chatted for a while about how long we had lived in the area, our families, the weather. I absolutely loved them. I can't even describe what a delightful experience it was. They were thrilled to know that the chairs were going to a family with lots of kids. The husband was so helpful, in such a gentlemanly way, with loading them in my SUV. And they obviously adored each other. Seriously, the most pleasant couple I have maybe EVER met. They live just across a field from our house. I was very concerned later in the summer to see an ambulance at their house. I wish I knew why it was there. I sure hope they are both OK. I love that I have this little connection with them, a little piece of their sweet and positive energy, a little glimpse into their lives. I'll probably never meet them again, unfortunately, but they truly made my day and left a lasting impression.

So- here is the first chair completed. I must confess, I am still in the process of pulling the second one apart. It was actually a more complex process then I thought it would be, and the staple pulling is never fun.

I put rosettes at the corners. The original plan was to go all the way across the top with them. Opinions? Should I still do that? I still think I might.

Obviously, I painted the frame in an off-white, and I used a drop cloth for the upholstery. I was too lazy to do the tufting. Actually I liked it that way, but I may make an attempt at the tufting with the second one, just to see if I like that better. But I don't like the thought of pulling the other one apart again if I DO like it better.

Here's what it looks like in the room.

Hopefully soon(ish) I'll have the other one done! I have lots of projects I'd like to get done before our annual Valentine's Day party. I guess I had better get busy!

I'm linking up to Meet Me Monday


Audrey said...

Love what you did with the chair. I like the rosettes on the corners. Found you on Debbiedoo's Newbie Party.
Blessings... Audrey Z. from Timeless Treasures.

kt said...

Oh! That is SO lovely. Just lovely, seriously. I ADORE the rosettes on the corners. Great job.

Jen said...

I LOVE IT! The rosettes are soooo cute! Stopped by from Debbiedoos.. would love for you to stop by Harrison Home sometime!

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Love the roses--it would be dramatic to put them all the way across. The chair looks great--good job!

Carrie@comfortablycarriedaway said...

Very cute idea! I think maybe just leave the rosettes on the corners...don't know how well they would wear in the center? Saw you at Debbiedoo's.

Cecily Holm said...

This is so cute! I want that chair!! You did a great job and your room looks like a great place to do my bible study!!

h. rae said...

It's simply beautiful! The rosettes are divine! I would love for you to link up with my party at

Have a great day!

Crystal @ Ordinary Days said...

Those are gorgeous! Great job!!

Anonymous said...

GREAT job ! What a great way to update those 70's chairs. I also love the little rosettes. Found you via DebbieDoos. If you have time stop by .

Kathy said...

You did a wonderful make over on these chairs ! If the original owner could see them now she would want them back :-) I like the rosettes the corners-really gives them a decorator's touch . Thanks for sharing.

Nann from At Nann's Table said...

What a wonderful project that you completed. You can see all the work you put into it and its just beautiful. I am just getting into drop cloths too and think they are a great product and price! The roses on the corners are just perfect! And tufting....well I think it looks terrific the way it is. Saw you on DebbieDoos. I went and looked at some of your other posts. Your plaid boots for gardening are absolutely darling. Your sweet 16 cakes are beautiful. I use to decorate cakes when I was your age and loved it. But after so many years I had burn out but enjoyed making and selling them too. You have an Adorable family! Your kids are cute as buttons! And the story about the 'older' couple truly was delightful. I guess I'm considered older but you know my mind says I'm really still just
25. But then my body says 'Oh no you're not.' LOL. So great to meet you Molly. I am now following you!