I had a revelation recently. After moving arm chairs into the kitchen, we were enjoying the larger seating. Until…
Spunky Daughter visited with three of her friends.
What a pain to move those big chairs as we added more around our table-made-larger-with-added-leaves. I was a bit embarrassed for the inconvenience to guests as they scooted in.
That night, after SD and her friends were gone, I moved the additional chairs away from around the table and the arm chairs back into place. I was thinking about a better solution for having larger seating but without the bulk.
That’s when it happened. (Head slap!)
All these years! I saved those smallish chairs to pass along to kids when they went to their first apartment. And, then I forgot all about it! All this time with kids in college, I forgot my plan. My brain is sick…really sick.
On a whim, I clicked onto Craig’s List go see what was there. The first sale picture came up, and I liked what I saw. I took a closer look, arranged a visit the following evening, and bought them!
We brought them home and placed them around the table quickly before cleaning them. (Do you see tape residue on the leg of the chair to the left? Ha! It’s clean now, pinkie promise.)
Funny thing…when I saw the woman selling the chairs, I realized we’d met about ten years ago when we looked at another home for sale in this area (before buying this house). She was the realtor who showed us that house, who has kids around the ages or ours.
We discussed the furniture rotation that’s happening in both our homes. We both are helping kids outfit new spaces. We laughed that we’re making furniture deals with each other to make adjustments in our own spaces due to the needs of our grown kids.
Her chairs were in great shape for antiques – sturdy, with a decent finish. I preferred six, but four would be a start. I even like the fabric she used to cover the seats well enough.
Honestly, I’d planned to paint these chairs white based on their Craig’s List ad pictures. I didn’t like the caned chair backs at first.
The wood is in such good shape, though. And the tone is perfect with our table. No paint for these guys! I feel like I hit the jackpot!
SD wants the six small chairs. She plans to paint them a dark olive-y green. (I had to distance myself from emotion over that. Wink.)
The four chairs currently at the apartment are discards from HH’s mom, so I’ll use them here as extras with the new cane-backed antiques.
So, that’s the furniture shift going on here. I’m working on other furniture projects upstairs and dragging my boot upstairs to paint pieces. I’ll clue you in on those projects soon.
Have you had good luck with Craig’s List? Found any treasures you truly love?