Wednesday, February 22, 2012

the chairs

Some of you may remember our dining table we bought at auction some months ago. With it's lovely chipped green legs, it's been happily residing in our space for quite some time. It's turned out to be the perfect size for us. Quite a bit bigger than our last table, but not so big that you look like two people in a movie sitting at a ridiculously large table. Did I mention that I love this table?

Then there was the chairs. None of the chairs fitted from our old setting. It seems people were rather petite back then. So we needed to find some chairs of the petite sort. As most older chairs are.

After months of op shopping, I had collected an assortment of old, tatty chairs.



The ones in the worst condition had a few minor repairs involving a nail and hammer. I left that part to the expert. 


The spray painting was also left in the hands of the expert, as apparently, my efforts were a not quite up to standard. I was happy to work on the blue number with a paintbrush and some leftover old paint.



I left the white, chipped Thonet as is. As well as the little maroon chair. I was originally going to paint this, not being a big maroon fan, but it has grown on me, and I quite like it now.




I recovered the two chair pads in oilcloth from Fabric Traders. Much nicer than the brown vinyl.


And then there was the other chair. The one left entirely up the "expert". When the yellow paint ran out, the black came out. I have christened it "Bumblebee". Hmmm. Perhaps another paint job is in the works.



Hoping your is a good mid-week.

17 comments:

Zara said...

Love the look of mismatched chairs. The colours look lovely. and wow love the oilcloth.
x

Susie said...

just discovered your blog via maggie and sparrow. I really love that it has a bit of everything! Thank you for sharing.

Dee said...

it looks completely perfect!
that table sure is special.

~d

Lea said...

wow, perfect. you did a great job!

Squiggly Rainbow said...

Gorgeous - I have two sitting in my driveway waiting to be reupholstered! Not sure how I will do them yet xx

Amanda said...

They look wonderful. I have lots of images of tables with different coloured painted chairs saved in my inspiration folder too - love the look and you've done a great job restoring yours x

Steph said...

LOve a chair makeover! You've got a gorgeous collection there :) Wishing you a lovely rest of your week x

flowerpress said...

We've been using oilcloth on ours for a few years now, the perfect antidote for sticky fingers!

Allana said...

Love the mismatched chairs, reminds me of Monicas house on Friends (back in the day haha)
What a lovely family area you have created for sharing and nurturing :) xx

cathy@home said...

I love using oil cloth on chairs easy to clean as well.

Deanne said...

Love painting up chairs!
Yours turned out great!

Racheal said...

I love bumblebee! let him stay! Hehe loving the red and white fabric too

Lewi said...

I have some of these chairs myself, Tania. Love the pale blue one with red. Will have these colours somewhere in my next nest. Love the oil cloth fabric - very funky. Your table is gorgeous too. Love it all!

oscarlucinda said...

i only tore a page out of a magazine a few weeks ago with details of that same oilcloth!...was thinking of lining our kitchen drawers with it. (your chair project is much more exciting!)
x

dixiebelle said...

Love. Love the red chair & that gorgeous oilcloth fabric, in particular!

b and e said...

These are awesome - so much like my chairs except as mine were in excellent nick we kept them the way they were with the option of painting and re-upolstering if necessary. They look almost excatly like yours! LOVE THIS and love the paint peeling chair too sooo nice.

I want that tablecloth!

bxx

beachvintage.com said...

Hi Tania, we just came across this post. Wow, the chair looks amazing with the oilcloth cover. Well done! Simone & Jody . Fabric Traders.