Friday, April 11, 2014

The Unintentional Project- Craigslist Dining Chairs

Do you ever find yourself in a situation where you are doing something that you shouldn't be?  And you know it?  But you don't care?  That's me.

Since we are expecting twins, I should be checking things off my list such as organizing the house, purging old baby things to make room for new, working on a nursery.  You know, normal stuff that pregnant people do.

Well, this is totally off base.  I found this great dining chair set on craigslist a few weeks ago and had to get it.  I drove over an hour to go pick up the chairs (but could only fit 6 in my car) and then had Trey drive back over the weekend and pick up the remaining chairs and table.  The problem?  

I already own dining chairs and a dining table

In my defense, I've never been too keen on my current chairs.  They, too, were a CL find.  I bought them for a great price and even had them reupholstered until I could afford something more my style one day.  I had been eyeing these chairs, but probably wouldn't bother buying them for another million years.

So, when I found these Widdicomb chairs for a steal I HAD TO HAVE THEM!  They may not look like much now, but I have big plans for these lovely ladies.

When I first saw the post on CL- I immediately remembered this image that reminded me of the chair style:
Via Alice Lane Home, Photo by Ashlee Raubach
Of course the chairs above are more elegant, fully upholstered, and painted (what looks like) metallic frames with nailhead trim.  I wouldn't go this route, but I like the idea that if one day I want to upholster the back I can change things up.
As for now, I love the cane backing and want to keep it, but am definitely thinking of painting the frames lighter and leaving the cane natural....possibly like in these examples (These are pretty traditional, so wouldn't go that far, but love the natural cane):

Via Hello Lovely Decor
Via Mustard Seed Interiors
I originally thought I would just sell the table and keep the chairs.  But I really love the table too, it has such delicate lines I don't know if I want to sell it yet.  For now, it's living in my garage until I can figure that out....hence the beautiful photos.

Who knows how long this project will actually take (since Trey will be the one painting and waxing, haha).  And it's really not a priority.....But I'll keep you posted when (and if) we ever finish!

PS- I have 8 upholstered chairs for sale now if anyone would like to take them off my hands ;)

Update: Chairs have been sold!  Did I mention I love CL?  Now I need to get started on the nursery...