Monday, December 17, 2007

My New Free Dining Room Chairs

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About a week ago, my daughter and I were coming home from shopping and noticed these chairs sitting out on the curb in front of someones home with sign that said "FREE". I slowed down to look at them and once I saw how dirty they were I almost left without even getting out of my car. I decided if they were painted white they would be better than what I had so I threw them in the car. This past weekend I primed them and recovered the cushions. I still need to paint them but I wanted to share the transformation with you. I didn't want to spend any money of fabric so I used a fabric shower curtain that I had bought awhile ago and never used. It was just large enough to cover the 4 chairs. Are you ready to see the "Before" picture....






56 comments:

Carousel222 said...

Another great job. What a difference a little paint and fabric can make. Love the whole table setting.

Carousel222 said...

P.S. Are those butter plat plates on the lower corner of the tiered table? I have a huge collection of those. Love them, love them.

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

carousel222: Those are coasters. I've had those for years. I think they were made by Hallmark.

Janet said...

Beautiful job Cindy. Those chairs were just meant for your paint treatment, ah those little carvings will be wonderful. BTW, how are your paperwhites coming. Mine are budded, but have not developed any roots. Hopefully they will be stable despite the lack of roots to root them in the gravel. I can't imagine that Martha would let us down, can you?
Janet

Lovely Lady Laura said...

Absolutely lovely! Painted white, the chairs have such a feminine flair about them. The blue fabric is very nice--who would have ever guessed it was a shower curtain?

Julie said...

Wow Cindy - that is amazing!! You have such an eye for what things "can" be.

Julie said...

Wow Cindy - that is amazing!! You have such an eye for what things "can" be.

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Oh Cindy ,
Those chairs are wonderful.... they look like the chairs in .... RENOIR' Luncheon ... very Country French ...
and free.... that is such a gift you have .... to see the possibilities in the cast offs.... they look perfect..
Linda

ginger at enchanting cottage said...

I love when you get things for free and show us. I truly miss haveing white furniture in my home and everytime you show us new pictures I miss it even more. I posted a picture of the napkins in Victorita mag. that looked like yours they are so pretty. My camera is still kinda blurry I think it the lighting
ginger

Marta said...

They look great!! Can you post some tips on redoing chair cushions? I have no clue, where to start!! *HUGS*

Alison Gibbs said...

What a fabulous find. You are so lucky that you did stop. They look wonderful.
Alison

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hey, Cindy! I'd say you scored big time on those chairs...lucky you! An early Christmas present to yourself.

Rhoda

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Another great transformation! I wish I spotted chairs like those on the side of the road! I never see goodies like that. Lucky you!!
Penny

Shelley Jo said...

What an amazing transformation! Great job.

Judy said...

Love free stuff! I'm always surprised at what people throw away - the old saying is so true "one man's trash is another man's treasure". Paint covers a multitude of sins and is an inexpensive fix. Love what you've done to your chairs. Thanks for adding me to your blog list and taking the time to stop by my new blog - Merry Christmas - Judy

Shari said...

Woweeee! What a terrific find! You REALLY hit the jackpot this time. Love the beautiful curves and carving detail on the chairs. You could have told me you paid a couple hundred dollars PER chair and I would have believed you because they look so great after the makeover! Once again, fabulous job!

Gail McCormack said...

What a fantastic job you've done on the chairs Cindy, chairs aren't my favourite things to paint, so many bits to get into. Good thinking of the shower curtain!

Karencita said...

I don't believe in LUCK, but you are BLESSED to find such beautiful chairs! WOW! MERRY CHRISTMAS!

The Rose Room said...

What a great find, they look fabulous. Rachael:)

Rosemary said...

Great chairs. I would have taken them too.
Paint is a great and wonderful thing.
Rosemary

Lisa said...

Loving the chairs. Beautiful!

debbie said...

Wow, Cindy what a great find. You are like the fairy Godmother transforming all things shabby into beautiful things!

Doodlebug said...

Once again I am amazed at your findings! They turned out wonderfully!:o) I think about your finds when I am thrifting & just shake my head wondering why I am not able to find such treasures on our curbside, or on our craigslist, or in our thrift stores. I live on the east coast, but it makes me just want to come on over and go shopping with you out on the west coast. You do such a beautiful job with all your items. I really love the 2 tier table you found. What kind of glaze are you going to put on it, or are you going to use one? Hope you and your family have a blessed Christmas, Kim

Cottage Magpie said...

Wow, wow, wow. You are gifted. Truly. They look fantastic! And free! That's awesome!
~Angela :-)

Tara said...

What a great find! Good for you and your elbow grease!

Sher's Creative Expressions said...

Wow, what beautiful transformation. And, we can see your newest little table in the background. It turned our lovely too.

Blessings,

Sher

Thrifty Miss Priss said...

They are beautiful! You are so lucky you can have all that white. I have a red checked tablecloth becasue a certain 23 yr. old son has to have hotsauce on his cereal practically (kidding) and never seems to quite hit the dish! I could never get away with white....ah...maybe someday..........

kjquilts said...

Once again, a fabulous transformation from trash to treasure!

BittersweetPunkin said...

Great job...love the transformation! Free is my favorite price!
Blessings,
Robin

Anonymous said...

Great Grab! The chairs have good bones. Are you going to glaze them?

~elaine~

The Feathered Nest said...

Those chairs look very french country. They look really pretty painted white! I'm always amazed at what paint can do!

Manuela

Adrienne said...

Beautiful! Amazing what some white paint and a bit of fabric can do to transform and 'ugly duckling'. Glad you took the chairs. ~Adrienne~

diana said...

I love those chairs.... what a find !

bj said...

Everything you do has a wonderfulness to it. These are lovely!

Thirkellgirl said...

You find the best things! I think the chairs will look wonderful when you finish painting them - they already look great. I've been experimenting with rub-on gold (it smells like shoepolish, it doesn't exactly "glide" on, but it looks spiffy as an accent when I get it on just right). Will you do something to highlight the carving?

MimiG said...

Wow! Very, very impressive. You have a great eye for "what it can be".
MimiG

Donna said...

Great transformation! I love the chairs. "One man's junk is another man's treasure"! How lucky for you! The fabric looks so pretty.
Donna :)

Joan said...

Cindy you are a magician. I wish I could look at things and see them as you do.

Artsy said...

Excellent! What a great transformation.

Splaneyo said...

You just have the best luck, or should I say the sharpest eye for these things. What a find!
Heather

Angie said...

Love the chairs!they are just beautiful. Can't wait to see the finished product.

Michelle said...

Your chairs look fantastic! What a before and after difference.

Michelle

Carrie said...

This is a great case of seeing a treasure where others might see something to discard. Very nice transformation, indeed.

Lallee said...

Wow, you've done it again, Cindy! Super job!

restyled home said...

What an amazing transformation! Lucky girl, you...!!!

Linda
xoxo

Nan said...

Great job!
Nan

Cathy said...

Cindy, those chairs are absolutely gorgeous. Although the "Before" they were a tini bit rough around the edges, the beauty could still be seen. They were screaming to you to refinish them. Now they are outstanding. Great job.

hoganfe said...

Cindy you have an amazing talent for decorating!!
Mary
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ACottageIndustry said...

You are the QUEEN of Lucky!
Tracey

Kitty Forseth said...

Oh my gosh, these are wonderful! You are inspiring me to post some of my before and after pictures.

Your blog is beautiful, so glad that I found my way here.

~Kitty

Dawn-Enigma Artist said...

Great find! Absolutely gorgeous chairs with your transformation!

cheapdiva said...

Aren't you amazed (and happy) that others don't see what can be done with these treasures?!

Jen r. said...

These are gret chairs. I am all about "Global recycling" (i.e. garbage picking.) Great great find.
Lovely chairs.

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

Wow! What a beautiful job you've done Cindy! Those chairs were just meant for you!

Hugs,
Dena

Tammy B. said...

What a find and transformation !!!

Jeannie on UNFOLDING said...

ooooo... how inspiring! thank you for sharing