Friday, January 18, 2013

The Reveal of the Craigslist Dining Chairs

My search for dining room chairs ended over Thanksgiving weekend, when I scored these Craigslist beauties...



Okay. They weren't exactly beauties.



Some were in their original upholstery that was torn and falling apart. Others had been recovered with cheap fabric and foam rather than the original hand-tied springs.

But, the wood structure was sturdy. I knew with a little nip/tuck, they'd be gorgeous again.


Some fresh paint, new upholstery and nailheads, and voila...



I know the white seat is probably scaring all you moms out there. But, it is actually covered in an ultra stain resistant faux leather.






I'm so pleased with how they turned out. I don't know which is more satisfying... seeing the chairs brought back to life or knowing how much money I saved by restoring old chairs rather than buying new.

I was able to get 2 armchairs and 6 side chairs in the fabric and color of my choice for less than 2 new side chairs.



Now I need to get slipcovers made for my host and hostess chairs. (Oh, and maybe actually put the art on the walls.)



Then it's on to window treatments and a rug. All in good time.

At least we can finally sit down at the table :)


If you are in the market for new furniture and can't find what you're looking for in your price range, don't forget to check ebay, Craigslist or local auctions. You know what they say, "one man's trash is another man's treasure."

If you want to read the backstory on the Craigslist chairs, you can find it HERE.



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53 comments:

  1. Actually, I saw the potential in the "old" chairs, lol! You did a wonderful job on these! They are beautiful! Heck, the rest of your dining room is nothing to sneeze at either!

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  2. I love them!!!! You did a fantastic job!!

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  3. Yes, those chairs had good "bones" but what you performed was absolutely brilliant! They are stunning! Kudos to hubby too.

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  4. They turned out beautiful!! Love them, love the look of your whole dining room!!

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  5. No....you did NOT find those on Craig's list!!!!!!!!! You lucky duck. They are awesome.
    Linda @ A Toile Tale

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  6. Oh Carolyn, they're breathtaking! That geometric print is one of my favorites. You certainly turned them around from drab to fab! I just found two scores this week from thrifting and CL...love it!

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  7. Those a beyond gorgeous and I see we have the same chandy.

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  8. Simply stunning, excellent job my friend. Diane

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  9. Wow! What a wonderful transformation! I love the fabric and that you did the seats in leather...I don't even use seat cushions with the way my family eats! lol! Your dining room is coming along beautifully!

    XO,
    Jane

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  10. They were'nt pretty when you got them, but they sure are pretty now! Wow!


    DeDe@DesignedDecor


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  11. Your chairs are stunning! Beautiful job!!!!

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  12. What a fabulous find - they look amazing! And so much better to recycle than buy new! Xx Sharon

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  13. Just beautiful! What an amazing transformation! I just adore your style & blog, new follower:)!

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  14. Just beautiful!! I checked back and looked at the 'before' post....my husband would have first, had a heart attack and second, refused to load the chairs into the car!! I can visualise how things could look but he is such a man and has no idea!! Well done!!
    Suzyq

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  15. Stunning! I love the fabric you chose. Gosh, I wish I could find pretty pieces second hand here in Dubai. There are just way too many cheap things around here from transient expats not worth redoing.

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  16. Carolyn, thanks for stopping by my blog today. I love these chairs! They turned out gorgeous!!! I'm your newest reader and follower, would love for you to do the same. :) Have a great day.

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  17. Hi Carolyn, I'm visiting over from Elizabeth & Co. Your chairs turned out absolutely beautiful!! Did you do them yourself? I love the choice in color and fabric. Very elegant. And I have to ask, do you have seagrass wallpaper on your dining room walls? I love the look with the molded wood on the bottom. Just beautiful. Have a great week!

    Debbie

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  18. You did an amazing job on these chairs! They are beautiful. Found your link up next to mine at Elizabeth and Co. :)

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  19. Carolyn, these are GORGEOUS!!!! I never find stuff on CL...I wish I could though. This is such an inspiration
    Stacy

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  20. They are amazing - love the nailhead trim and they look perfect with the other two chairs!
    You go with your $ chair saving self!
    Kelly

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  21. They look beautiful... Love the fabric! I haven't had much luck on Craig's list. I have been looking for dinning room chairs.

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  22. Oh my goodness, they couldn't be more fabulous! Great job choosing the gorgeous fabrics!

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  23. If you could see me, I would stand up and clap right now. Way to go! These are beautiful! I am featuring you on my facebook page tonight. So grab a "I Was Featured" button from my blog! Thanks for linking to Cowgirl Up this week. You need to throw your name in the hat to be a guest host one week- your blog is GOOD!
    :) Samantha @ Crafty Texas Girls
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Crafty-Texas-Girls/140299076008437

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  24. Those turned out simply stunning. I also love the two end chairs in the floral print for contrast. Thank you for sharing your great work. Patti

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  25. I love blue and white, and your chairs are so pretty!

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  26. What a phenomenal transformation! And, the fabric you chose is gorgeous! The prior owner would not believe those are the same chairs! They look great in your beautiful dining room, too!

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  27. What beautiful chairs - love the fabric choice too!

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  28. Absolutely gorgeous!! You did a fabulous job. I love the fabric. Stopping by from Tuesday's Treasures.

    Kathy @ lifeonlakeshoredrive.com

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  29. WOW amazing they are so beautiful now ;)

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  30. Coming over from SSS. Love the chairs and the fabric that you chose for the chair backs. I'm your newest follower.

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  31. Wow! Gorgeous colors.. and the perfect fabric choice. I love the blue and white pieces and the color of your walls.

    leslie

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  32. Amazing! These chairs are perfect. You did a really amazing job.

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  33. Love how the chairs turned out! You did an absolutely beautiful job!
    Allison

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  34. Loving the chairs and especially the faux white leather! You had great vision. Your dining room is gorgeous!

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  35. They turned out amazing!! I love the look of your diningroom! I am your new follower.

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  36. Did you have the chairs done, or did you do them? They are wonderful! Love them, what a find! Love the wing chairs at the head of the table. I am thinking of doing that.
    Nancy
    http://wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

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  37. Those chairs are beautiful. I have been on the hunt for chairs just like that on Craigslist. I will keep looking. I am definitely pinning these. I would love for you to link this up to my party going on right now. Hope to see you there.

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  38. Carolyn, Gorgeous!! I am in love with the blue and white fabric.
    Hugs, Sherry

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  39. I love love your dining room. Gorgeous. The chairs are perfect.

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  40. SO pretty! What a transformation! Visiting form Feathered Nest Friday

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  41. So gorgeous! Love how you did two different fabrics! Great makeover! Pinning!

    Jenna @ http://rainonatinroof.com

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  42. They are beautiful. Love, love the fabric print and faux leather, what a great idea!

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  43. Love these! Using the faux leather on the seats is such a great idea and the fabric on the seat back is so pretty. Great Job!
    Have a Wonderful Day,
    Suzanne

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  44. LOVE LOVE LOVE those fantastic chairs!! im your newest follower ~ glad i found you!!

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  45. Oh my goodness, these chairs are gorgeous! You really did an amazing job.

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  46. I am in LOVE with these chairs....addicted to all chairs actually! Sure wish I would find some awesome ones like these...never am that lucky. Stopping on over from the link up. Cmon over and visit me :)
    Kelly
    copperroofinteriors.blogspot.com

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