Sunday, June 3, 2012

From Dumpster To Diner

Awhile back I bragged about all the goodies my hubby and I found on the side of the road. Among them was this set of four little chairs. They were in pretty sad shape, but they had possibilities.


Lately I have had great luck with retro dinette sets in my booth. I try to keep them around for a quick fill in when I sell things faster than I can paint. When I saw these little chairs I envisioned them paired with a small grey cracked ice table I found recently on Craigslist.



Most of the furniture I have sold down at the shop had gone to young adults 20-25 age range. They seem to love the vintage pieces, especially with a new bright color. They appreciate the lines, but don't want "grandmas" furniture.


With that in mind I found this kitchy fabric on a recent trip to Joann's with these chairs in mind. I knew I wanted to paint the chairs grey to match up with the table and let the fabric be the pop of color. I like things that are assembled and not so matchy matchy, it tells a more interesting story.


I first had to remove the broken caning and glue some of the joints back together. I bought a piece of mdf to use for the new seats. I just layed the chairs upside down and traced them. Add some batting, cover them with my fabric using my handy staple gun and attach them to my newly painted chairs...done!



Now to just stage the chairs and table together using just the right accessories and hope it is the perfect fit for someone in their little retro kitchen.



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10 comments:

Helen and her Daughters said...

Wow, you did an amazing job with those chairs. It looks great with the table.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

what an adorable set! i have never seen chairs like that- love them!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

You did an amazing job!! The chairs look great!

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Christine said...

FABULOUS!!!!! The chairs are to die for!! Awesome job!! Love the fabric!

I really hope you come over to The DIY Dreamer and share this at From Dream To Reality!

Sarah @Savvy Young Something said...

These are really cool chairs!! How did you go about attaching the seat to the chair? I see cane chairs that need to be upholstered all the time and always debate whether I want to use webbing or wood/mdf.

Laurel Stephens said...

Your chairs are so charming! No wonder young people fall in love with them.

Karen at Bargain-ista.com said...

Darling! Love the seat backs, they look like hearts :) What a cute set, I am sure it sold in notime!

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

Great transforamtion Carrie. Thanks for linking to Shabbilicious Friday.

Debbi said...

oh so nice Carrie! I love to see what you are up too. I got all these big pieces to re-do the last couple months with the idea o putting them in the vintage consignment shop here--long story short, the gal who owns it is not a good business woman (and I am being nice saying that here)so I just pulled all my stuff out! So I guess I will put it on Craigs list to sell as they are too big to sell and ship off my website. We need to do lunch sometime when I am in Woodburn or Silverton.

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