Hope you are having a good week!
I am super excited. I've been searching high and low for a set of dining chairs, and was about to give up. Then, I spotted a really unique set of four antique chairs on Craig's List, that we went and looked at over the weekend. I was hoping and praying all the way there that I would love the chairs as much in person as I did in the photos! Especially since they were an hour and a half drive away!
I loved them as soon as I spotted them! They are solid oak, and have lots of really interesting details, such as the gorgeous hand carved backs. Love!
I'm currently in the process of painting them a creamy white. I know, many would think it was downright sacrilegious to paint antique chairs, but I bought them for us to enjoy and use, not for their resale value. Plus, you know how much I love shabby chic anything!
One of the things that really attracted me to the chairs was their interesting twisted legs. I've never seen chairs like them before. (Our furry girl Emily had to get into the shot below!) The chairs had been recently upholstered in red, which I am going to change out. I am not a red person, it's one of my least favorite colors! The neat thing is, the chair inserts pop out, so I should be able to easily (hopefully!) recover them in a nice cream or light tan fabric.
The couple that we bought them from really didn't know anything about the chairs. So, I did a bit of research on line, and learned that the legs are referred to as "barley twist", and that they most likely were made in England in the 1920's. Oh, the best part? The four chairs just set me back a grand total of $145!Considering that I'd been eying Pottery Barn chairs that start at $200 each (and were totally out of my budget, I might add), I am beyond thrilled!
I think my new (old) chairs will be a great compliment to my antique table that I showed you a few weeks ago. Which I still need to paint! I began painting the chairs yesterday, and they have proven to be more work than I imagined. Alot more work! Needless to say, it's a project that I will be oh so glad when it's done!
Here is a sneak peek at one of the chairs! It's not finished yet, I still am going to do a bit of distressing, and them poly coat. Then tackle the chair covers. I'll be sure to show you when I'm done!