Tomorrow I will be touring my dining room in my little craftsman house. To finish up the room just in time for the tour, I just updated the dining room chairs I have been collecting and thought it would be fun to show the before and after with you. The truth is, I have far to many chairs. I love chairs. I could have a party at my home for 51 people and each could have a seat (indoors and outside). Okay, that is embarrassing. When I was in my 20’s I collected mini chairs and now it seems I collect life size chairs. To support my chair obsession, I had been looking for a vintage Chippendale chair for quite a while, scouring Craigslist weekly to find a great deal. I am inspired by the eclectic style of Jonathan Adler but his Chippendale chairs are clearly out of my budget at this time. One fine Saturday morning I found not one, but four being sold on Craigslist for far less than one of Jonathan’s newer versions. These are vintage 60’s chairs that are metal and I was stoked! Score! The other chair is from a full set that was gifted to me, because you know. . . I might need some chairs. As oakie (I despise oak furniture) and out of date as they are, I loved how comfortable and solid they felt so I challenged myself to make them fabulous. So I added the two captain chairs to my four metal side chairs and combined them with my modern recycled dining room table, which you will see tomorrow. I then painted the captain chairs in the mix of Arles and English Yellow Chalk Paint® from Annie Sloan and used a clear wax for a buttery finish. The Chippendale chairs had already been painted from white to this dark grey by the previous owners. The look went well with my room so I simply replaced the fabric on the seats to a grey and yellow ikat in linen. I am loving the look of both. . . together. . . mismatched and interesting. I am excited to share the complete room with you tomorrow. Cheers! ~ Lia
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