I was trying to decide whether to slipcover my dining room chairs or have them reupholstered. So what was the solution I chose?
I bought new chairs. Oh right that wasn’t one of my options. Well, what can I say? I’m flexible… is that wrong???
I’m sure you will recognize my chicken wire bulletin board I showed you here.
Here’s the room before.
The bidding started at $40 per chair. I was the second bidder at $45. There were no other bids. Wow! Can you say, “SOLD?” And after the gavel went down, the auctioneer looked right at me and said, “You got a bargain!” (I know, I know!!) I’ve seen some similar chairs on the internet recently and they are selling for $400 each (more than I paid for all six!)
This was an English auction, so the chairs came to the auction house from England, but when I turned them over, I realized they were made in France. I was now twice as excited! They even all fit in my SUV. Sweeeet!!!
They came with all of the gray detail painting already on them. And the caning was in excellent condition. I don’t think they are actually antiques. The condition is too good, and they are wide, there were some shiny screws underneath the seats, and they just didn’t look dirty enough on the underside. BUT, I prefer non-antique chairs for my dining room. That means they should hold up better and be more comfortable. They actually came with cushions, but as you can imagine, they looked worn and dirty.
I’ll make new cushions as some point, but I’m not in a hurry since they look great the way they are, and they are amazingly comfortable without seat cushions.
Just look at that wear, and they came that way!
While we are in here, I wanted to point out a few things, since I’m gong to show you the rest of the room in another post.
I love the chandy in here. I special-ordered this one a few years ago to replace the original 1978 one that came with our city house.
I’ve had this armoire for a long time. I also purchased it at an antique auction. It’s the real deal, French and old.
It used to have a mirrored front. A friend of mine took the panel off the inside of the door, and removed the silvering so that the front glass is now clear. He also added some shelving for me. And now I have extra storage for my china. I think it is more interesting than a standard china cabinet and it is smaller, which works in my small dining room.
So what happened to the old chairs? Well I sold them on Craigslist. With the money I made from the sale, I had more than enough for my new French chairs PLUS a French armoire I bought for my daughter’s room (I’ll show you later!!) PLUS some money left over for something else. Come back to see what else I did to my dining room.
Here’s a list of the parties that I visit on a regular basis. I might have shared this link at any number of these.