We Lived Happily Ever After: My Favorite Thrifted Find EVER! I want your thoughts!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

My Favorite Thrifted Find EVER! I want your thoughts!

So if you follow me on Instagram (if not, you are missing out on the inside scoop!) you will have seen that I found two of these GORGEOUS antique chairs at my Habitat for Humanity for $9 A PIECE! What? I was so excited and basically guarding them until check out! Okay, I'm not a Black Friday crazy woman, I promise. This was just an amazing deal though! It will be such a fun upholstery and stain/paint job. 

To make this deal even better, I was browsing the other day and noticed that this is the exact chair that restoration hardware sells. WHAT? Yes, it does need some TLC, but I will take it, especially when these restoration hardware chairs cost $200-$500 a piece. (The online listing  for the one below is HERE if you are feeling like paying that much! ;)

I would say I scored major!

I am in the process of stripping all the staples, but I am torn on what I should do next. Should I stain the legs and do some sort of off white fabric (like the above chair) or paint the trim and perhaps do some color (similar to the below chair)

I am planning on these going in our master bedroom which (moment of truth) just has an air mattress and a mirror in it. 

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I don't want to go too bold... like these gorgeous purple chairs which makes them look so gorgeous and feminine (sigh)

But I DO want to highlight the amazing lines of this chair...without going all white... and risking baby fingerprints and peanut butter and jelly ruining the fabric. Yep, it's a definite possibility here.

Oh, another point, I'm afraid of off white clashing with our white walls.

What are your thoughts? Help a girl out and let me know what you think I should do in the comments below!

XOXO Hannah


  1. Hmm, white walls? How about going with black for the chairs? They're so beautiful (and such a bargain!) that it would be totally appropriate if they stand out as a stark contrast to the walls. Plus, they won't be showing jelly fingerprints as badly as an off white would.

    Refined Lately

  2. These are awesome! Wish I had ideas for you, but I don't. I can't wait to see what you do with them, though!

  3. Hannah, What a beautiful find! Certainly a " I whish I had! " My only thought is that such a beautiful classic chair should stay beautiful and classic. What about Restoration Blogs for help and ideas. Is there restoration software? Like those nifty little ones that let you redecorate a room in different colours and design? Even fabric or paint swatches? Take time to think but in the end follow your heart. Just so lovely. Congratulations.

  4. Hi Hannah! I recently discovered your blog (by Instagram) and I'm very glad I did. I love your articles, you're such inspiring.
    For your chairs, what about going with soft grey, lavender? These colors really match together especially for this style. But of course it'll depend on your room's colors...

    Kisses from Reunion Island

  5. Hi Hannah, Have you made any changes or finished your beautiful chair yet? You have a beautiful home. I think love makes you creative as well. Dee

    1. Hi Dee, thanks for asking! You are so sweet!!! Because I'm expecting I am holding out on painting and staining projects right now. But I'm on the look out for fabric that will match my bedroom (which is where I think they will go! :)