As much as I try not to buy everything at the thrift store, occasionally there are some really special pieces that I just can’t walk away from, like this vintage Chromcraft chair for the office.
I had walked into the back of my favorite thrift store and immediately was drawn to it.
It had an interesting shape.
I texted this picture to my friend, Thrift Store Pete, and he responded something like, “I just left the thrift store and what checking out that chair, too. Great minds think alike!”
Walking away is what I’ve become good at while at the thrift store.
But this chair was pulling me towards it.
I find that I love mid-century modern style furniture! I couldn’t walk away.
Pssst: Check out a couple of my favorite mid-century modern furniture makeovers:
One of the true tests of quality (in my opinion) is to lift it up.
Is it heavy?
If so, then that screams, “This is good quality!”
When I turned it over and read the name on the bottom–CHROMCRAFT–I searched it up on my phone (here are some other vintage Chromcraft chairs on Etsy) only to discover a few chairs. But from the comments on this Pin, it looks like people had the same concerns as me:
How in the world do you remove the back cushion of this Chromcraft chair in order to reupholster it??
In trying to remove the back, I was afraid I’d ruin the chair by trying to rip the back off (with a crowbar, at that!). But we all have to overcome our DIY fears and I knew I would never discover new reupholstery techniques until I tried, right?
It was in great condition, with the exception of some dirt and stains on the seat cushion.
And get this–it was only $12.99 with a 30% discount!
I love great thrift hauls like this!!
What I Didn’t Buy at the Thrift Store
One store I love going to is the ReStore because I feel like the quality of their stuff is generally much better than my usual thrift store.
When I get pockets of time to sneak away, I like to just walk through and see what I can find.
Some time ago I went to check out their inventory and saw this ah-mazing wardrobe.
I’ve been saying more often this year that the more I learn about wood, the less likely I am to paint “good wood.”
And this wardrobe, my friends, is good wood!
The wood grain on those drawers is soooo pretty.
I agree that there’s a place for painted wood furniture, but a piece like this in such great condition, paint would ruin it.
And you have to make sure you use the right paint if you did paint it so that it doesn’t turn out shoddy!
Related: What’s the Best Paint For Furniture?
I loved all the small details, including the original hardware.
There isn’t one thing I would change on this wardrobe if it were mine.
Maybe a little bit of polishing up to make it sparkle, but it was perfect as is!
I wish I remember how much it cost. It wasn’t cheap. Maybe $200? $275…? Doggonit, I wish I remembered!
But it would have been worth every penny!
The vanity next to it, I don’t know if it was part of the set or not. But it was equally stunning!
This is another piece I would be hesitant to paint, but if I did paint it, I would leave the tops natural so you can see that amazing pattern, and I’d paint the black drawers and leave most of the wood!
Is it just me, or do you see a face in this wood grain?!?!? Why am I just now noticing this! LOL
Do you see what I see?? LOL
How would you like this face peering out at you in your bedroom? LOL
It’s been a little while since I’ve had an afternoon to just browse my favorite thrift stores. 🙁
Life has gotten hectic lately, and when that happens, leisure time for thrift diving gets pushed to the wayside.
So what have YOU found at the thrift store lately?