I Love Me Some Chairs.

mid-century teak dining chairs Back in October, I posted about my how my style was evolving and how I really wanted my home to be a reflection of me.  After having our Louis chairs for several months, I started to feel like the dining area was feeling a little too formal for my taste.  The truth is, I've been looking for a  great set of mid-century modern dining chairs for years now but have never been able to score the style I wanted off Craigslist or afford the ones they sell on Queen street.  I'm not the type of girl to drop a paycheck on some chairs.

Enter my Mother.  Serial thrifter; can find just about anything you're looking for.  She came through once again and found these beautiful teak chairs which are just perfect.  I'm pretty sure the neighbours heard me scream when I saw them.

mid-century teak dining chairs

mid-century teak dining chairs

mid-century teak dining chairs

mid-century teak dining chairs

Can you believe these were $12 each? I'm pretty sure the frame is solid teak and the back is a veneer.  I'm loving the curved low back and the modern lines of this chair.  All it needs is a good cleaning and some new upholstery.  I can't wait to get these done, they are going to look great with my dining table!  I'm feeling a little sad to let go of my Louis chairs but I will be keeping one of them and the rest will go to a good home :)

Now here is my question: the previous owner added cushions to the seats.  Do I leave them on, or remove it in order to enhance the original floating seat as seen here?  I'd love to get your input on this, especially if you have similar chairs at home.  And I know some of you do!

Happy almost Friday :)

Thrifted Thursday: A $12 Bar Table

thrifted thursday, loveonsunday What are you thinking about this before photo?  I wouldn't really consider taking something like this home but my Mom was convinced she could use it and sought my opinion.  Maybe a media unit?  A little linen closet?  My idea was to take off the doors and drawer, strip the wood bare and add some legs to turn it into a rustic console table.

diy bar table

Well this is what came of it.  Not bad, right?

diy bar table

It was painted black since many of the pieces in her home were brown and not only would it modernize the piece, it would also complement the black and white chairs used in her eating area.

diy bar cart

My Dad is a welder and he found 2 scrap pieces of aluminum, welded it to a plate and attached the legs to the bottom.  I'm lucky to have such a handy Dad.  He really does make everything look so easy!

diy bar table

And check out all the storage.  Now my Mom has the perfect place to store her wine, extra utensils and glasses.  It's also the perfect spot to display her favourite thrifted tea set and platters.

diy bar table

diy bar table

diy bar table

I'm really impressed with how this turned out.  I'm always amazed at how little changes can totally update a piece.  Are you working on any pieces in your home?

Thrifted Thursday with Becky of Sketchy Styles

thrifted thursday with becky caven of sketchy styles Becky's blog, Sketchy Styles has quickly become one of my daily reads.  I met her at Blogpodium, checked out her blog and was instantly hooked.  I'm so excited to share her fave find today!

Favourite Thrifted Item:

My rattan console table

Where You Bought The Piece:

Hahaha!  No buying necessary!  This diamond in the rough was waiting in the trash heap for a sad journey to debris oblivion.  It was terrific happenstance that I spotted it across the parking lot and saved it from a sorry fate.

wood rattan console table

What drew you to the piece:

At first it was the simple fact that it was a console table and I’d just identified a need in my new apartment for a console table.  Then I looked closer and realized the materials were rattan and wicker.  Neither of which are on my top ten list of favourites but the overall shape and design were so winning I couldn’t turn away.  So I  stood amongst the heaps of garbage and began daydreaming what it’d look like with a coat of paint and a good scrub.  Side note: I musta looked pretty weird  to my new neighbours…

rattan console table makeover

Describe any work you did to give it a new life:

The timing of the project couldn’t have been any worse.  I was in the middle of a marathon day of unpacking.  I was set to host a big holiday party the next day.  I needed to get my place in some semblance of order.  And what did I do?  Shoved everything aside and embarked upon an on-the-spot furniture facelift.  (Wise decision?)  So you’ll understand when I say I didn’t bother with a lot of prep.  Besides the surface was so rough I didn’t think the paint would need much help sticking.  I removed the glass and give it a good scrub.  Then I used my heavy duty exacto knife to remove the rattan from the top (it was torn anyway).  Once that was removed the table immediately looked less ratty and dated.  The structural bones had been exposed and it took on a whole new feel.  Then I used leftover paint from my kitchen cabinets and painted the entire piece.  After it dried I popped the glass back in and booyah – instant awesome!

rattan console table makeover

How Do You Use It:

The table is a focal feature in my living room as one of the first pieces you see when you walk in.  It makes a great statement.  Unfortunately it doesn’t offer great storage but I improvised by adding white storage boxes below (which also serve to hide the ugly heating box beyond).  I like to rotate out the centre display by adding different colour touches or seasonal accessories.  But my favourite feature is the framed photo of my kid at one end and me at the other.  I like to think our combined gorgeousness enhance the table's charm! :)

PS. It’s also makes a great impromptu buffet table for parties!

rattan console table makeover

rattan console table makeover

rattan console table

Can you believe this amazing find?  This is what dumpster dreams are made of!  Thanks so much for sharing today, Becky!

You can check out more of Becky's DIY's here, including one of my other faves, her DIY $50 coffee table.

Thrifted Thursday, Love On Sunday

Want to see more fab finds? You can see the entire Thrifted Thursday Series here.

Thrifted Thursday: My Louis Chair Makeover

louis chair makeover Happy Thursday everyone!  I can't believe I FINALLY get to share this with you all, it's been a long time coming!

My favourite thrifted item:

Do I even  have to say it?  haha. It all started when I saw these gorgeous french chairs from Restoration Hardware.  But $250.00 PER chair was definitely not within my budget (since I needed 3) so I decided to hold off and see if I could find some at a thrift store.

Where I bought the piece:

My boss found some Louis chairs at a Consignment Shop called Chicaboom. That same week I rushed over and picked up the chairs. They worked out to $50 per chair and I got not 3 but 4 of them!  The grand total for 4 chairs worked out to less than 1 chair at Restoration Hardware. Booyah!  But they looked something like THIS:

louis chair makeover, before photo

What drew me to the piece:

What I really love about the louis chair is it's versatility. It goes with every decor style and it's such a classic shape. I love the fluted legs, carved detail and round back.  I also wasn't happy with my Ikea parson chairs because the backs were so high.  The height of the Louis backs were just perfect.  Also, because our dining table is rectangular with white glass and chrome legs, I wanted to introduce more of an organic shape and the Louis chairs create a nice contrast against the hard edges of our modern table. I also wanted to infuse some old world charm, something with a little more character since the space was looking a little bland. Here is what it looked like before:

dining area makeover, before photo

The hard part:

This became a huge labour of love that definitely took much longer than I thought it would.  I even took an upholstery class in January to help me learn the basics. I stripped, ripped, removed staples (which was the worst part), hammered, spray painted and so much more. Instead of boring you guys with a long and wordy explanation, I decided to put together a little collage in chronological order of all the work (a.k.a. blood, sweat, tears and A LOT of cursing) that went into this project:

louis chair makeover progress

And with the help of some incredible people like David (shown above removing staples and spray painting), my girlfriends Mom (who sewed the piping for me. Thanks Mrs. Pham), as well as my amazing parents who helped SO much (Dad smiling above) we were able to restore my 4 Louis chairs!

How I use it:

I have 3 Louis chairs on one side of my dining table and a rustic wooden bench on the other. They are so lightweight and can be moved around the condo easily should we need extra seating when friends are over.  As you can see, I opted for a grey fabric which is extremely durable (I chose to forget about the velvet since any little spill would freak me out) and I love throwing my colourful pillows on them!  For my home, I prefer to go with neutral colours on my major furniture pieces and introduce more colour and pattern with accessories and art.

And here are the After photos:

louis chair makeover, before and after

louis chair makeover

Louis chair makeover

louis chair makeover

Louis chair makeover

louis chair makeover

 

louis chair makeover

louis chair makeover

We're still planning on changing a few things in the dining area but we're so happy to finally have our Louis chairs finished and ready to use.  It was definitely a valuable learning experience for me as well as my parents who also love to re-upholster furniture.  Would I do it again?  Hell no.  I say that now but I have 2 other chairs waiting in line!

I actually have about 12 posts documenting my entire process.  It's not very pretty but if you want to see more, you can click this link:  Project Louis.

Do you also have love for the Louis chair?  Or had a really hard time with one of your upholstery projects?  I'd love to know!

 

Thrifted Thursday with Julie of Elliven Studio

Elliven Studio, Thrifted Thursday Happy Thrifted Thursday!  I'm so happy to have Julie of Elliven Studio here today.  As soon as I laid my eyes on her home tour I knew I had to feature her favourite thrifted find.  Her home is the perfect combination of old and new and you all know how much I love a good mashup.  So here it is:

Favourite Thrifted Item:

To be honest, it was a toss up between our dining room set (six chairs, table, hutch & sideboard) and a gorgeous white console that has amazing carving and a layer of gold leafing that is peeking through where the white paint is chipping off (I know, so amazing, right?!).  But because the dining room was such a wonderful find and the price was out of this world, I'm going with it.

Where You Bought The Piece:

I found the set on kijiji.  It was being sold by a vendor at an Antique Market in Kingston.

Elliven Studio, Thrifted Thursday

What drew you to the piece:

We have a good size dining room, so we really wanted to fill the space and take advantage of the fact that we could easily fit a large table.  A table the size we were looking for would have been pretty expensive new and I wasn't having any luck finding a vintage table that was larger than 70"-80".  This one is 98" with all three leaves in, so the minute I saw that, I had to go and see it in person.  I loved that the listing was for an entire set too, not easy to come by. Then there was the price, would you believe we got all of the pieces for $650?!

Elliven Studio, Thrifted Thursday

Describe any work you did to give it a new life:

We were pretty lucky in that we didn't have to do anything to fix any of the pieces up immediately.  One thing that is on my to do list is sourcing new hardware.  I am not a fan of the existing hardware and I'm now down to only one functioning pull on the upper drawer of the sideboard (which extends the entire width of the piece).  We will eventually have to re-stain the entire set, but that can definitely wait a few years.

Elliven Studio, Thrifted Thursday

How Do You Use It:

Right now, the hutch is used to display my favourite white ceramics and our silverware, the sideboard currently showcases some crystal that we inherited from hubs Grandmother and I also use it to store our holiday decor and some other odds and ends. I'm trying to find a set of lamps to place on the sideboard as well.  We usually eat in the dining room for holidays or when we have guests over for dinner.  We have moved the chairs that came with the set into the kitchen, I love the way that they look with our harvest table, so now I'm on the hunt for the perfect chairs.

Elliven Studio, Thrifted Thursday

Elliven Studio, Thrifted Thursday

What a classic and timeless piece.  Love how she decided to mix it up with some white parson chairs.

Thanks so much for sharing with us Julie!  If you haven't already seen this beautiful lady's home, you can fall in love with her home tour just like I did here.

Thrifted Thursday, Love On Sunday

Want to see more fab finds? You can see the entire Thrifted Thursday Series here.

Thrifted Thursday with Sabrina of The Pink Little Notebook

Thrifted Thursday, The Little Pink Notebook I am so happy to feature one of my newest blogger friends, Sabrina from The Pink Little Notebook.   We actually met at Blogpodium last Saturday and it was great to chat and get to know one another in person!

Your favourite thrifted item:

One of my favourite and most memorable thrift item has to be my bamboo side tables.

Where you bought/got the piece from:

I found this piece during my first visit to a thrift store. I wasn't too sure what to expect but I instantly spotted & fell in love with this piece. I can definitely say from that very moment I knew I found a new passion. I'm now a frequent thrift store visitor!

Thrifted Thursday, The Pink Little Notebook

What drew you to the piece:

1-it is a sturdy piece of furniture that will probably last me forever; 2-I couldn’t resist the curvy geometric pattern; and 3-the price! At $10 a piece, I had nothing to lose!

Thrifted Thursday, The Pink Little Notebook

Describe any work you did to give it new life:

It was a fairly simple process since the piece was still in good condition. A light sanding and a coat of primer was applied to prep my surfaces. I opted for a neutral colour and spray painted the entire thing (two coats to be exact). I finished it off by hand painting some of the geometric pattern in white paint and added some rope accent to finish of the piece.

Thrifted Thursday, The Pink Little Notebook

how you use/display it:

Today the piece sits proudly in my family room as a side table. What I love about this piece is that it is also sturdy enough to use as a stool when I need the extra seating. It was definitely an awesome find!

Thrifted Thursday, The Pink Little Notebook

Thrifted Thursday, The Pink Little Notebook

What an amazing find for $10!  I love how the rope adds a little somethin' somethin'.  It definitely adds more interest and texture to the piece!

I have to admit, I scoped out her blog before the conference and I was instantly hooked when I saw her cooler and home office update.  So head on over to Sabrina's blog and give her some love!

Thanks so much for taking part in Thrifted Thursday, Sabrina.  It was great to meet you and we should definitely get together soon :)

Thrifted Thursday, Love On Sunday

Want to see more fab finds? You can see the entire Thrifted Thursday Series here.

Thrifted Thursday with Gwen of The Makerista

thrifted thursday, the makerista I'm so excited to have Gwen from The Makerista here today. I found her blog several months ago and I've been hooked ever since. She is one talented lady and I'm sure you will agree!

your favourite thrifted item

My Dining Room Set

thrifted thursday, the makerista

where you bought the piece from

I got the table and 6 chairs off of Craigslist.  The man I bought the table from cleared out estate sales after they were over.  It still had the sticker from the sale on it for $900, but I got it for $100.  It seemed like too good of a deal to pass up!

what drew you to the piece

Prior to this we had a rather large, counter height, square table.  It was nice that our black lab couldn't get to anything on it, but it was difficult to do projects at (I like to letter, and the height was awkward for that) and too high for our son to sit at.  It was also really contemporary which is not really my style.  I was drawn to the pedestal base, classic details of this piece and the color of the stain.  Not having to paint or strip and re-stain is always a bonus in my books!

thrifted thursday, the makerista

describe any work you did to give it new life

The wood was in pretty good shape, I just used some Restor-A-Finish to give it a good drink and fill in any small scratches.  The upholstery was also in good shape, but not what I was looking for - a vertical stripe of blues and golds.  I thought that the chair fabric needed to be something fresh and a contrast to the style of the chairs, so I went with a black and white striped outdoor fabric and upholstered it on the horizontal to further modernize it.

thrifted thursday, the makerista

how you use/display it

We use it every day, and it really works well for us!  We keep the table as a round with 4 chairs and keep two in front of the fireplace.  It's nice to have a leaf and the extra seating if we need it, but I like the space a small table gives our dining area.  The back door is used often and the smaller table makes it easy to get to.  Sometimes people put drinks or hot things on the top that leave a ring, but a little mayonaisse or Restor-A-Finish has taken care of them.  I figure for $100, if I have to refinish the top at some point or I decide to splurge on something different, I certainly got my money's worth.

thrifted thursday, the makerista

the makerista

I'm always amazed at what people find for crazy prices. $100? Yes, please. The dining set looks beautiful in her space and that fabric is perfection, just the right touch to modernize it!

Thanks so much for sharing today, Gwen! If you haven't already checked out this talented lady's blog, make sure you do. Today is actually her wedding anniversary and she's sharing loads of beautiful details from her wedding (perfect inspiration for me). So head on over and leave her some love!

Thrifted Thursday, Love On Sunday

Want to see more fab finds? You can see the entire Thrifted Thursday Series here.

Thrifted Thursday With Melissa of The Sweet Escape

Today's Thrifted Thursday is brought to you by my newest blogging friend, Melissa from The Sweet Escape.  We actually have a lot in common: we're both graphic designers, wannabe stylists and we both love thrifting.  I think I love her already!

Your favourite thrifted item:

It's really hard to pick a favourite because my loft is filled with thrifted furniture & accessories.  Hunting & collecting thrifted treasures is a passionate hobby of mine. BUT if you're going to make me pick I would say that my vintage Scandinavian style teak dining set and wall of vintage plates is probably my favourite.

Where you bought the piece from:

I got the dining set from craigslist and the plates from various Value Village stores. I was lucky to get the dining set because the seller ended up going out of town and wasn't taking any the phone calls but I was still calling over a week later when she finally was home to answer and it all worked out. I got the whole set with 8 chairs in mint condition for $500. Major score!

What drew you to the piece:

I love anything mid-century modern and teak. It's definitely my favourite design style. And the wall of plates were inspired from from a Design Sponge post I saw years before. I was really attracted to the use of colour, the vintage style and the playfulness of the look.

Describe any work you did to give it new life:

no work needed for the dining set, it was in mint condition and I really liked the black leather seats of the chairs.

How you use/display it:

I like to keep the table expanded to it's full length at all times because that's when it's at its best and the plates are suppose to look random and playful but there was strategy to how I mixed the sizes, colours, and placement.

I absolutely love that dining table and the vintage plates are so much fun!  Thanks for sharing with us today, Melissa and I look forward to meeting you very soon :)

You can check out this Melissa's blog here and don't forget to leave her some love in the comments!

Thrifted Thursday, Love On Sunday

Want to see more fab finds? You can see the entire Thrifted Thursday Series here.

Thrifted Thursday with Charmaine of My Best Friend Craig

my best friend craig, thrifted thursday, cantilever chairs Today I am SO excited to feature the queen of Craigslist, Charmaine of My Best Friend Craig.  This lady has serious style.  I mean, take me to Wisconsin and move me in NOW.  I love every one of her pieces and her Instagram feed has me drooling on the regular.

Your favourite thrifted item:

It was seriously hard to pick a favorite since I have a lot but I ended up choosing these chrome cantilever chairs.

my best friend craig, cantilever chairs, thrifted thursday

Where you bought the piece from:

I purchased the set of 6 chairs on Craigslist for $60!! That's $10/chair. Major score.

What drew you to the piece:

I'm addicted to chairs and am partial to mid century modern furniture. I also love the navy blue velvet fabric.

my best friend craig, thrifted thursday, cantilever chairs

Describe any work you did to give it new life:

I bought them in mint condition so some minor cleaning and polishing are all that's needed.

How you use/display it:

They sit in my dining room and I and am currently on the hunt for a wooden dining table to perfectly match my chairs.

my best friend craig, thrifted thursday, cantilever chairs

my best friend craig, thrifted thursday, cantilever chairs

Thanks so much for sharing today, Charmaine.  These chairs are to die for and I still can't get over that ridiculous price, what a steal!   The navy velvet is so delicious, I'm going to have to re-consider navy for my Louis chairs, eek!

If you haven't already done so, make sure to check out Charmaine's Blog and her Apartment Therapy Tour.  Then right after that, open a new tab and pay Craig a visit...I know you want to!

Thrifted Thursday, Love On Sunday

Want to see more fab finds? You can see the entire Thrifted Thursday Series here.

Thrifted Thursday with Jennifer of Brave New Home

thrifted thursday with Jennifer of Brave New Home Today's Thrifted Thursday features a new-to-me blogger, Jennifer from Brave New Home.  I'm really loving this series because not only do I get to check out some amazing finds, I also get to meet some crazy talented bloggers.  Jennifer is an avid DIYer with great sense of style and we also have something in common - we both live in 900 square feet of coziness!

Your favourite thrifted item:

This is a bit of a two-fer---my favorite thrift store items I picked up on the same shopping trip so in my head I sorta lump them together. My favorite items are this gold quatrefoil mirror and original koi painting.

Thrifted Thursday, Brave new home with Jennifer.

Where you bought the piece from:

I was scoping out some thrift stores near my parents' place with no intention of buying anything---it's good to know which shops carry what---and stumbled upon these gems.

What drew you to the piece:

Uh, the price? Haha, while the low costs of purchasing second hand are always an incentive, I loved the shape of the mirror (I initially had intentions of spray painting it) and as for the painting, it was the colors. I didn't even realize the painting was of koi fish until I started turning the canvas around in different directions! The mirror came out to two dollars and change with my military discount and the koi painting was originally 90 cents but they were having a half-off paintings and frame day so it came out to less than 50 cents.

Describe any work you did to give it new life:

Just a good cleaning/dusting. The mirror may get a coat of spray paint down the road, who knows.

jennifer of brave new home

How you use/display it:

My koi painting sits atop our tv (gotta find a way to dress up that giant thing somehow!). I used an old book stand from my college days and an extra book to prop it up. My little mirror was included in a little vignette I created on a small ledge off our kitchen.

jennifer thrifted thursday, brave new home

Thanks so  much for sharing today, Jennifer!

Beautiful finds for such a great price.  A deal like that gives me goosebumps.  I'm really loving both pieces and they complement each other so well.  Oh, and notice that orange N?  Jennifer crafted that from cardboard.  You can check out the full tutorial here.  Now make sure to check out Jennifer's blog and leave her some love!

Thrifted Thursday, Love On Sunday

Want to see more fab finds? You can see the entire Thrifted Thursday Series here.