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Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Another good deal


Interior by sararuffincostello.com

And Craigslist comes through for me again! This time in the form of dining chairs. 20 bentwood cafĂ© chairs for $2.00 a piece. TWO DOLLARS people!!! The downside? They've certainly seen better days which means they need a lot of TLC!

Here they're all stacked in the garage attic waiting for paint!

So why 20 chairs? Well for that price, why not? I've been hunting for chairs ever since one of the 4 we have was busted by a little guy who struggles to sit still at the table! We've also wanted chairs that are easier to wipe down and don't have crevices for crumbs :) Our current ones aren't doing the job. 
Also, we find ourselves doing more entertaining these days(which I LOVE), but we never have enough chairs or we have to borrow folding ones from church.  It's fine, but a pain to haul them back and forth. Plus a matching set is so much prettier for dining!


Vienna Chair from Crate and Barrel
Bentwood chairs have been around since the 1800's, which in my book makes them a classic. There's neat history behind the designer, Michael Thonet and I've loved them since I learned about them in college. There are quite a few different styles of these chairs available and if you don't want to put in the work usually required with vintage ones, Crate and Barrel sells them new for around $100 a piece. Although, that adds up when you need at least 10!

What I love most about these chairs is how versatile they are. From modern to traditional, city loft or a country farmhouse they just work. And you can put them with just about any style table or mix them with completely different end chairs if you like to really mix things up.


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In the right space they are pretty with a natural or stained finish and I especially love the ones that have caned seats....but I've learned that caning and children are not a good mix!

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For our dining room, I think I'm going to paint them either black, grey or white (surprising, I know!) and maybe add a fun cushion like some of these have. The chair seats on ours have an ugly blue vinyl that I'll replace with a fabric that blends in with whatever color I paint them.

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Now to find some time and energy to get started on the hours of sanding I know it's going to take! Part of me wants to do a quick job and hit them with a can of spray paint so it can just be done, but when you live with an experienced painter, you know that's not going to fly :)