If you’ve been a reader of this blog for any time, you know that I like to buy thrifted furniture and just stash it away in my garage (isn’t that what we all do??).
This “triage” area used to have a holding period of at least 18 months (haha). But since becoming a vendor at Sweet Clover vintage barn, I’ve had to start turning projects over much more quickly. I’m a little overwhelmed by the sheer number of upholstery projects I have on my plate.
I’m really loving reupholster projects because it feels like such a valuable skill. I mean, almost anyone can slap some paint on a piece of furniture and make it look good. But being able to strip a chair down to its padding, totally nude, and dress it back up for awesomeness–well, that just required practice and skill. And I love developing new skillz!
Hourglass Wingback Thrifted Chairs
After reupholstering my last vintage chair a few months ago, I was ecstatic to find a PAIR of these awesome chairs, with tacks!! I know that some of you prefer the furniture tack strips, for ease of applying, but in my opinion, the furniture tack strips look cheap. Plus, it’s satisfying knowing that I hand-hammered furniture tacks onto a piece of furniture, just to say I can do it. Call me a high achiever or something. 🙂
Don’t they look amazing?? What’s even more awesome is that I found them for $20 each.
After some digging, I found out that they came from Pier 1. Guess how much they retail for?? $200 each!!!
And I know they’re dining chairs, but I think they look cool enough to use as sitting chairs in a room!
They’re actually not in bad shape. I probably could shampoo them and use (or sell) them “as-is” at the Old Luckett’s Spring Market coming up in a couple weeks! (Look for me! I’ll be there!!!)
…..Still not sure if I can part with these, though…..
Red Velvet Throwback
Here is something I picked up recently on a “stop-at-the-thrift-store-as-quicky-as-you-can-after-work-hope-the hubs-doesn’t-notice-I’m-late-coming-home” trip 😉
Someone on Facebook commented that the white stain looks like a maxipad stain. HA! Maxipad or not, it’s an awesome chair, and one that someone tried to swipe from me.
I stood there next to this chair for a good 10 – 15 minutes, debating if I would spend the $25 on it (yeah–I know. Why would that even be a question, I have no idea….). But sometimes when you have so much stuff already, the thought of shoving one more thing into the garage is a huge turn-off.
After deciding I couldn’t let this chair slip through my hands, I eased away from it hesitantly, and this woman saw me walk away from this chair (to retrieve a “SOLD” sticker, that is!). She quickly walked over with gazelle-like focus and hoisted this chair up and over the other furniture nearby, like she was claiming it for herself.
I quickly shouted over,”Oh, excuse me! That chair is sold!”
She smiled and said, “Oh, man! I really like it.”
Yep. So do I. And the fact that you just tried to take it from under my nose validates that I bought a RAD chair. LOL
Mid-Century Modern Awesomeness
This chair was so unique, I didn’t even care that the left arm was a bit loose. Heck, I figured I could put in a screw, a nail, even gorilla glue it. I think it was maybe $7 or $8??? I mean, seriously….how could I pass that up?!
Retro Chrome, Baby
I found these two retro vinyl dining chairs a couple weeks ago for $20 each! A little more than what I usually pay for a chair like this, but these replica were in such great condition, and a steal, I couldn’t pass them up! Unfortunately, there were only two, but for a small table, could still work, right??
And I’m sure you guys remember this chair from awhile back. It’s STILL sitting in my garage. I may even take it to the Luckett’s Spring Market “as is,” but it would be sad to see it go without having had a makeover 🙁
Oh…..I actually found TWO of these chairs (this isn’t the exact one), for $4.00 each. I’ve always loved directors chairs! They would look really good refinished for a kid’s room. Maybe a reading corner?
Last But Not Least……
Some time ago I found these 2 chairs for $7.00 each. One of them I made over, but the other one is sitting in my basement, waiting for a makeover to match its sister ;). At $7.00 each, they were a steal!
I’ll have some reupholstered makeovers for you soon! LIFE has become so busy. Now that I’m doing Sweet Clover….and working out a lot…..and trying to get more sleep….I can only move so fast on projects!
But what about you? What are you working on right now? What project has got you all consumed? Leave a comment below and add to the conversation! 🙂