Archive for the ‘chairs’ Category

The chairs at the breakfast table are really wearing out.  They were thrift store finds to begin that needed work—in 1999.

One was only $4, the other was a gift.

The breakfast area has a very ethereal feel to it. . .with all miss-matched pieces brought together by fabric and paint.

mom's breakfast area-

I’ve been watching for a couple of interesting replacement chairs    for a while now—and hoping for a matching pair this time around.

But LOOK WHAT I FOUND -but there was only ONE left—there were TWO, someone bought just one of them, dang it!  I presume because of the broken cane in the seat.  I negotiated $20.  I  LUV the super tall back!

Caned Chair from Diego's store $20

Well, first thing to do was -make sure it looked good at the table and with the banquett!   -Whew!

working on the new caned chair-

I painted the chair white.

I really couldn’t see the benefit in ripping out the cane, so I applied webbing right over the top -and decided to hot glue the cane and webbing together for extra strength.  Now you can sit in confidence!

Next, I grabbed some card stock paper to create a seat pattern.

Then I transferred the seat pattern to the grain sack I wanted to use.

* THE GRAIN SACK has a very special connection!  The farm my mother grew up on was eventually sold to distant cousins, who gave me one of their farm grain sacks on one of our yearly trips down to there—SO nice!

working on the new caned chair-

working on the new caned chair-

Thick Grain Sack can be very exhausting to cut, so I like to use the old electric scissors!

(Do they even sell these anymore?)

I cut banding strips too to sew a boxed seat cover.

~and I was off to the sewing machine…

Next I used batting and left over foam to give the seat a little extra cush’…

and finally I could apply the boxed cover…

working on the new caned chair-

working on the new caned chair-

The seat is a little shallow, but it’s wide and very comfortable!

working on the new caned chair-

I love the grain sack -and the personal connection to it- and I love the bespoke look and feel!  The other side of it, or, back side of it is in reserve for whatever 2nd chair I find.  As for the banquette—I’m hunting for some upholstery-grade linen (or if I’m lucky enough to find some HEMP), and I’ll REcover that as well!

The ceiling is in for a design change too- including chandelier, and a change to the back wall~but that’s a little down the pike!  Stay tuned. . .


the new caned chair!

making some changes-

making changes-

I’m sharing this project with–

French Country Cottage

The Curator’s Collection

Savvy Southern Style

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Craigslist--Victorian Theatre seats!Taking refuge on Craigslist to distract myself from a winter storm (late February), I stumbled onto these really cOOl Victorian Theatre seats$25!

The first thought that popped in my head was, These would be amAZing as outdoor seating on the deck!”

I text an offer,

they were still available,

and my offer was accepted—$15!

I chased off to get them—at this incredible house to boot!

Check out the front doors!

The house of those Victorian Theatre seats from CL!

getting started on the seats--

So—on to the seats!

I got boardsdeck boards– so it would “blend” more and not detract from the vintage patio table (another story) already there!  Deck boards would be rigid, meant for the outdoor elements, and hold up to the wider span of the bigger seat without a center support.

I cut the boards down, had to rip one, ran them through the router, dry fit them, stained them—then applied them!

The seat frames were already “PLACED” in position to figure out the boards and lengths needed.

the Victorian Theatre seats set in place--

the seat frames--

dry-fitting the boards--







sanded and getting stained to match the deck itself--




I dry-fit the boards to make any adjustments needed, then sanded and stained them before the final application.

The Victorian Theatre seats getting put to use!

And here they are in actual application—I screwed them to the deck to keep them totally stable!

Perfect extra seating when needed—and the seats flip up out of the way when not needed!  Perfect!  And this whole project only cost about $35.

◊ I think I’m going to create a wood arm-rest too!

◊ Ugh- the deck needs to be stained again too!


The Victorian Theatre seats!


The Victorian Theatre seats--folded out of the way when not needed!


The Victorian Theatre seats from Craigslist!

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Mom's house 1961My mother’s house has come a l o n g  way since it was built in 1961.

that's me!  -finding shade the 1st summer we moved here

the raised roof line-

~A small 1½ story they saw potential in.

Our family became the 2nd owners in the later 60’s.

The first big change was to raise the back-side roof creating a mUch bigger 2nd floor. . . a large concrete patio with stone bbq/fire place, and eventually, a kitchen window was replaced by a french door and a small deck!

the evolution of changes--

Next is a simpler back view—free of shutters, and the small deck railing sections removed for the addition of a huge 2nd level/step down deck.

continuing to change--

MY scope of work was to build an addition on the front -enlarging and squaring up the living room- renovating essentially every square inch of interior house, REworking the whole backside outdoor living space, and REworking the gardens.

the back of the house transformations--

The deck and backside of the house "now!"

antique theatre seat framesSo, all of this is to show you

the next cool addition!

I found two antique theatre seat frames on Craig’s list— $20!

They’re from the turn of the century.

They’re so AWEsome!

And here’s my plan—

Often enough, there will suddenly be extra people hanging around the dining table—sometimes pulling up extra chairs, usually leaning against the railings.  So I want to spread each seat frame apart to create a double seat, and affix them to the deck rails to the left & right sides of the large planter.

the dining deck--

adding extra seating--

I’ll use deck boards to fill the new seats and chair backs.

When someone extra is there—a seat can be flipped down!

antique theatre seat frames

antique theatre seat frames

I’m sO excited the weather is finally beginning to improve


and once the greenhouse comes down,

look for this cOOl project to take shape—I can’t wait!


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working on the Cottage-y cabinetI’ve –literally– been here there and everywhere lately!

I promise, I AM working on that cottage-y cabinetsee? But I’m working on several other things too!

Here’s a teaser for the V E R Y beginning. . .

~I’ve run off to get more maps and buy some mannequin fronts to display my aprons better.

~I’ve also run off to buy some very cOOl antique cast iron theatre seat panels that are going to be put into a very cOOl project this spring!  I can’t wait— for the project AND spring!

*Check out those aMAZing front doors of the house I got the theatre seats from!  They had French window inserts that swung open into the foyer for the iron grills to let fresh air in!

When the man answered I iMMediately asked if the doors were for sale!  ; D

antique theatre seats

the amAZing front doors of the house I got the theatre seats from!

I’m also making my OWN version of this cute “box” I saw on antiquefarmhouse.com from scrap wood laying about!

I’m creating different sizes—some will be stained, but more will be painted!  More on that coming!  This 1st one below will be painted—soon!

one of MY versions of the antiquefarmhouse.com "box"

I’ve been hitting the thrift stores too (NO idea why since I have so many projects already).  Can you BELIEVE those prices for THAT condition?

more thrift store shopping

more thrift store shoppingmore thrift store shopping

Is it just me, or have thrift stores forgotten they are

reSALE not reTAIL ?

No more rants—back to my cabinet. . .here’s the rough-in. . .


my new cottage-y cabinet

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I call him "Guillermo"A f t e r

the crazy weekend’s

e x h a u s t i n g

-and lame-

Trunk Sale…

I tried to get some recovery time,    but I desperately needed to reset my antique store space.  The storage unit and work shop both had to be essentially ransacked and reorganized for any of these things to happen—a workout all by itself!

Somehow, taking pictures of the Trunk Sale got away from me—you’ll have to just believe me that it looked really beautiful, so I was told over and over AND OVER!  Too bad they didn’t put their money where their mouths were.

You can get an idea though, by how the antique store is looking. . . .

front side--left

front side--right

back side--left

back side---rightAnd here’s a better look at one old project—

My orange decoupaged breakfast table.

my orange decoupaged tableThese are the pine French country ladder-back chairs I bought in Atlanta!

Yes~I decided to put them up for sale. . . .lots of angst. . . .more tomorrow!


my French country ladder-back chairs

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the old farm chair--I found this on a curb last year, and stuck it up in the garage attic. . .

. . .Until Further Notice.

[We] all know and understand the dreaded “Until Further Notice” piles, -to layman it’s just a hoarder thing– but Wendy told me at Haven, it’s “…a garage full of GOOD IDEAS.”

Since I’m working on things for tomorrow’s Trunk Sale AND to refill my antique mall-space, this got pulled from the GOOD IDEAS pile for a quick makeover.  ; D


fixing the damaged seatWhat I thought was just a de-laminating veneered seat turned out to be deeper damage, so this project became more than just -a quick paint job-.

With the chair laying face down, I drizzled some amber Gorilla Glue into the splits and cracks and clamped it up for the night.  Knowing it still wasn’t going to look “pretty” painted up I decided to upholster the seat.

I pulled some grain sack cloth and burlap -and both looked gOOd- BUT. . .and this might sound cheap, BUT. . .

Knowing the chair won’t fetch much money, I don’t want to surrender my cool grain sack cloth to it.

Yes, I cheaped out—but you know what?

I really like it!

Simple-clean-nice!  Just needs a tiny touch up & trim. . . . . . . . . Wish I had more to go around the farm table I’m also taking. . . .


the curbie farm table chair--

my curbie farm table chairI’m sharing this project with one of my favorite linky parties!


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Lily's rocker---Okay—they’re not finished.

:’ (

The chairs are only  ²/3 and ¹/3 complete.

Y E S–it was truly an ambitious timeline.

*Our little birthday girl is sitting in the chair 2-parts done.


was my plan…

1. The fabric store didn’t have enough of my chosen fabric so I decided to mix in part of a  Matelasse  coverlet  to fill the deficit.

2. Uh, yeah~what little girl doesn’t LUV tulle and ruffles so….I’m adding a ruffled skirt!

3. To customize the chairs for each of my little luv-bugs I’d like to add a silhouette -or cameo- of the girls!

SO—both chairs are  1. upholstered with the mix of red-and-magnolias and Matelasse, and one even has its ruffled tulle skirt.

Later this week I’ll run back up to their house to add the skirt to the other chair and apply their cameos!  I’ll share the final pictures then!

progress on the rockers---


Until then, here are “working” pictures of my project!

-albeit incomplete


*Sorry if it’s a bit heavy on pictures, but it’s the best way to see all those sweet details!


progress on the rockers---

progress on the rockers---and the ruffles!

progress on the rockers---almost finished!

progress on the rockers---the sweet details!

progress on the rockers---

And finally—this last picture is to give you an idea of the CAMEO of each little girl I want to add to customize their chairs!

the "cameo" I'll add to each of the girl's chairs!



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