I think my family might get a chuckle out of this post because a few years back when we were moving to a smaller house, I went through a phase of serious purging, including selling any furnishings I deemed too traditional for my taste. I’m pretty sure they all thought I was nuts.
Especially when I walked into a Salvation Army thrift store two months ago and came home with these ladies:
They weren’t what I had in mind, and yet the weird and wacky thing is that I love them.
They are tall and curvaceous and strong.
I will no longer fear for the comfort and safety of giant family and friends who sit at our table (and by giant I mean men who are 6’4″ and lumberjack-esque in physique.)
They are comfy enough to sit for a while after dinner and chat, but straight enough that the little darlings that live here have to sit up at the table.
This is where we eat breakfast, lunch and dinner, where we will host special occasions and ordinary life. These girls are going to be hardworking!
Try as I might to avoid matchy-matchiness (I mean come on, could these fabrics get along any better?), trends (chevron is SO 2012) and lack of color, after looking at approximately 23,091 fabrics I just could not deny that this one would allow me to do whatever the heck I wanted on the table and in the adjoining living room throughout the course of the year. It plays nicely with pretty much everything (and hopefully this fabric will stand up to the abuse my children are sure to give it, since I sprayed it with a non-toxic fabric protector
The cost breakdown –
$150 for the table and chairs
(I know for you thrifters, that’s high, but that’s what the going rate is all over this area.)
The table had a veneer top in baaaaaad shape so I donated it back to the Salvation Army. It was not worth my time and effort to put in the labor and materials it would have required to make it beautiful.
$35 for the fabric, of which I have almost a yard of excess to make pillows with.
$30 in purchased paint supplies; I had the black paint in stock.
Total – $215
Per chair – less than $36
If you find fabulous chairs on Craigslist or at a thrift store and they are a bit dated but in otherwise great condition, consider giving them a makeover. If you’re not up for the labor involved with painting them, just changing out the seat cushion with something fresh and current can make all the difference! Case in point, these chairs by Caitlin Wilson, are they not fabulous with the awning stripe?
Don’t forget – tomorrow is the March Best of the Nest party! Share your favorite home design, DIY, craft or recipe from the past month by linking up a blog post, a Pinterest post or posting on Instagram with hashtag #bestofthenestparty !! Hope to see you there!