Yep. These babies are all mine.
Since my dream chairs – the Jayden chairs from World Market that were marked down to 2 for $80 – were not to be mine (WM won’t ship them and the closest store to me is at least 7 hours away in Maryland. Plus that store won’t confirm that they have the chairs in stock. Because YES I am nuts and actually considering driving to Maryland from Massachusetts in the middle of a very snowy winter just for those chairs.) – I’ve been keeping my eye out for alternatives.
One of my besties was with me when I found these at the Salvation Army last Friday. I had just told her about my hunt for 6 side chairs. As I’m telling her how every viable set of chairs I have seen on Craigslist or in thrift stores had 2 armchairs and 4 side chairs, and I never see sets with 6 decent sidechairs, we come across a set with 6 SIDECHAIRS! Solid, with upholstered seats (one of my hopes!), and in great condition (with the exception of a few scratches and a hole in one of the chair’s caning.)
But, hmmmmm, too traditional? Too tall? Too – old lady-ish?
I left them, and mulled it over with my friend Pinny Von Pinterest. Between the two of us we decided the chairs would be perfect candidates for a makeover.
My husband, kids, and mother all think I fell off my rocker, but just check out these cane back chairs that have all been given new life with paint and/or fabric.
Chiang Mai on the seats – how fun is that????????????? (Except for the fact that I need 3 yards….and Chiang Mai is currently $148 a yard. Uh huh.)
I LOVE this bold color choice, particularly with the dark walls. Has me thinking.
Caitlin Wilson makes old look so chic, doesn’t she? Striped fabric across the chair – I am a huge fan.
So what do you think of my next big project??? Are you feeling a little skeptical? Me too.
That’s what makes it so fun!
Now all I need are some above freezing temps so I can break out the spray gun again!!!
*The first photo is by Michelle, author of the blog Sweet Something Design which I started following when I first discovered blogs. Michelle recently lost her battle with cancer. While I didn’t know Michelle personally, I felt like I knew her just from reading her blog that is filled with DIY projects and home improvements. Michelle was a wife and the mom to two boys and following her blog always inspired me to appreciate every little day. It was serendipitous that when I was weighing whether to buy these cane back chairs, whether they’d be right for our house, whether I would end up hating them, the first photo on Pinterest that I clicked on turned out to be hers. Who knows what tomorrow will bring – today, I’m jumping in with both feet.