New Old Chair

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap  —  April 1, 2014 — 9 Comments

Remember these craIgslist chairs that I reupholstered with dyed canvas drop cloths?

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I still love the color and the lines, and in fact felt totally validated when I saw this photo from BHG recently, but my first major upholstery project left quite a bit to be desired and they are, literally, coming apart art the seams. Also I never finished the backside of one of them.

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My mother in law, Alden, loves history and is very sentimental.¬†Almost every piece of furniture in her home was built to last and passed down through the family. Her father recently moved out of his home and several family pieces have migrated to her house. While rearranging things to make room she asked me if I’d like to take a chair that had once belonged to a wonderful friend of the family that everyone called Aunt Kathleen. All the kids adored her, maybe because from what I hear she brought over homemade sugar cookies all the time! As much as I liked the gray canvas wing chairs no way could I pass up a chair that was much higher quality and had sentimental value. I suppose I could have kept the gray chairs and put this new/old chair elsewhere in the house, but honestly I think it’s beautiful and fits really well in here. The gray chairs will go to craigslist for someone else to reupholster properly.

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With only one chair here there’s now room for a wider table or maybe even a credenza below the window. I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for something solid wood so as not to embarrass the stately chair.

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Someday when we no longer have small children and naughty cats in our midst I’ll pay to have it professionally upholstered. For now I actually kind of love the floral print. It’s totally granny chic.

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap


9 responses to New Old Chair

  1. Yay for a new chair! I like it!

    You sure gave those old chairs a fair fight. But that was a massive project. Glad it is over, LOL

  2. It is granny chic and I LOVE IT! :)

  3. Looks good!

  4. Aunt Julie Hamrick Hursey April 1, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    I hope I get your name for Christmas next year. I definitely have a few “Granny Chic” items I could part with. One of them is a fabulous ornate silver platter I got as a wedding gift. I’ve read it might look good over your sink. ;-)

    • Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap April 2, 2014 at 7:56 am

      From what I understand the Christmas drawing is totally rigged, so I’m sure that can be arranged! I brought a silver platter home in my bounty from my in-laws this weekend but you can NEVER have too many silver platters!

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