Chairs

Collection #11: Chairs, Chairs, Chairs!

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I have an obsession for chairs—more for their aesthetic than comfort. I find them at garage sales, antique stores, and even at the curb on junk night. Some of them I refurbish into a whole new look.

 

Red Renewals

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My pride and joy is my Throne. It was a faux-Tuscan contemporary dining room chair discarded on the curb with a broken wheel.

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The Throne before

I snagged it and could immediately see its future personality. I fixed the wheel, painted the frame, and added new upholstery. It’s even comfy.

 

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I snagged this vintage chair at a garage sale. I wouldn’t dare paint the beautiful woodwork, but I changed the fabric to match The Throne.

 

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I love the elegance of the deco shape of this armchair (and look at those arms!). I designed and needlepointed the seat inspired by the label of a bottle of Cynar (an Italian liqueur made from artichokes), plus eggplant, tomatoes, and grapes that remind me of Italy.

 

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This chair had belonged to my aunt and was hunter green leather (cracked). As a birthday gift to me, my parents took a reupholstery class and used the chair as their project. They were special people.

 

Cabin Chair Fever

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When I bought a summer cabin, it came furnished with chairs probably from the thirties that came in my favorite colors. Serendipity.

 

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Years before getting the cabin, I bought a rocking chair at a garage sale since I’ve always loved rocking chairs. But in reality, I had no place to put it. Then my cabin had a perfect spot on the sun porch. Serendipity 2.

 

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Cruising around on junk night, I found two bamboo chairs on the curb. Score! I only needed to make new cushions for their new home at the cabin. Serendipity 3. Gee, I should have named the cabin “Serendipity” instead of “Studio del Lago.”

 

Kids Stuff

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This little blue rocker was my baby chair. For the next generation, I painted this unfinished chair yellow for my baby.

 

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Then my baby found these two child-sized chairs on the curb and brought them home to her mama. I’ve taught her well.

 

SHHHHHH. The Library

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Nothing beats vintage library/office chairs for sturdy wood and curvy, but blocky, shapes.

 

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I found this chair in the basement of an antiques shop. I bought it for the shape. It looked like it had been in a fire, and it was missing its cane seat. But it makes a great book shelf.

 

The Future

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Another curbside find. This rattan chair is missing a leg and, admittedly, in bad shape. But I’m not giving up on it. I love the pattern of the back and I can picture it painted in thin stains of colors. I need to revive the chair before my daughter drags it back to the curb. I’ll keep you posted.

 

Until next time, have a seat and cherish your clutter!

 

 

 

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