Red Chairs Out! New Antique Chairs In!

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.

Tea Time Tablescape

Vintage Tea Time Tablescape

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.

New Arrangement

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.)

New Antique Chairs

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.

New Antique Chairs

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.

New Antique Chairs

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!

New Antique Chairs

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.)

New Arrangement

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?










    • says

      Thank you! SD had complained that the chairs at her apartment are too big for the space. Why didn’t her comment spark a memory at the time? Ha! I hope you’ve had a terrific Monday.

  1. robin says

    Ahhh, funny you should ask about CL TODAY! I am very into FREE these days (…and still on a BAN from the boss not to bring home furniture. LOL)

    Ok, so the free Imagination train table/temp coffee table does not count! HA!

    I got a beautiful yellow/gold gown with tiny sequins and beads….for FREE yesterday from CL. It was used once for a Quinceanera. It came with a crinoline slip. I figured I could sell it on eBay. It had no tag in it…I’m thinking it might have been custom made…by someone who is close to expert. (My gown insides are NOT that perfect! LOL) They said it was a 16. It’s a bit smaller. I am a 12 …and this dress fits me, with a little bit of room to spare. But I could get away with it. It has a little shawl made of a sparkly tulle. ST said I looked like BELLE, from the Disney Princesses! I was saying “Now I am a princess!” as I twirled around the house bumping things with my huge skirt. LOL My hubby said,”You have always been MY princess.” (What a guy!)

    The same person also gave me a Toyota Camry hubcap. My parents both drive Camrys, so I thought I would wrap it up and tell my dad it was a special gift for him. And we would all laugh as he opened it.
    I mean they CAN use it…if they lose one. So…LOL

    Friday I got a free Carter’s vibrating baby bouncer that looks almost new. That was also a great deal.

    I am now on the hunt for a few free kitchen cabinets…one base, one wall. for the garage to keep my canned goods in…and also for extra kitchen stuff, like crock pots and XL soup pots, that are too big for the kitchen.


    And I really do like your new chairs. My grandparents had similar ones in their DR.
    And SD is following in your footsteps….making her mama proud. 🙂

    • says

      Sorry to get you going thinking about Craigslist again. Ha! You are the freebie queen! Ha! The thought of you prancing around your house in a princess dress gave me a chuckle. You are quite a character-ette. 🙂 Happy Monday!

  2. says

    You did real well Kim! Those look great with your table. Isn’t that interesting how you came across that same person again. I know that the caning does not stain well at all so painting them may be the only option if you get around to changing your mind some day. I love the red color your little chairs are- I’d hate to see them changed but I can understand each person has their vision! We’ve been doing some furniture donating to the kids on and off for a few years. Now that our daughter bought a home last year I felt better about giving her things that won’t be getting moved around a lot.
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    • says

      Thank you, Liz. There are many painted chairs with caning on Pinterest, and they all look nice. So, if I decide to paint mine later, Pinterest has great examples. SD asked if she could have her piano. She lives in an apartment with stairs! Can you imaging moving a piano in and out again in probably a few months. She has no idea how much pianos weigh. She’ll get it when it’s finally in her “purchased” home someday. 🙂

    • says

      I understand what you mean. I was afraid Fun Son didn’t want anything in my style, so he surprised me and asked for several things. When they have nothing, I guess anything is better. Someone will be very lucky to get your donated treasures. 🙂

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