Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Seating for 2?

I have been dying to post about my latest Craig's list purchase.  I found these two french(?)/Victorian chairs about a month and a half ago. 

So, what do you think?  I got both for $125.  I think that was a good deal?!  As you can tell, one is a rocker.  It actually is pretty comfortable.  Anyways, the poor lady who was selling them must have thought I was nuts. When I called about the chairs, I had to ask her if they had any odor. Of course, she said no. You see, I have had a bad experience with a chair I bought from the auction. It started out okay, then I noticed the musky, old smell. I cleaned and cleaned it and made a slipcover for it. Four months later, I had to strip it down to the frame and reupholster it. That is a road I don't want to go down again for a while.

When I showed up to look at them, I apologized and explained then proceeded to stick my nose all over the chair and give big sniffs.  Thumbs up!  It was a go ahead.  As I loaded the chairs up, I think it was safe to say that the only thing to sit in the chairs was her cat.  A very long haired gray cat! 

I have decided to take you on my journey of recovering them.  I think this will help me make a daily bit of progress.  Before we embark on this journey together, you have got to help me.  I usually like the monochromatic look.  But for some reason, I have purchased this fabric for the chairs:

It is cream and brown zebra print.  Be brutally honest!  Is this too much of a jump for the chairs?  I am uncertain about my choice now that I have bought it.  As long as I don't cut it, I am still able to return it.  Please, please, let me know what you think.


  1. I think you got a great deal on your chairs! The fabric will give them a zesty modern twist!

  2. i love it!! you have a great eye, and the fabric is killer!! i say go for it!

  3. Those chairs are gorgeous! And a great deal too. When I bring furniture home I live with it awhile also. Unless, I've already got the fabric and then wait to find the perfect piece to use it on! I have started out with one idea, and then after thinking about it, I change my mind.
    So think long and hard and let those beautiful chairs talk to you.
    I agree though...the fabric will give them an updated twist! They may just love being dressed in zebra.

  4. I think that if you are going to go for the unusual, you should paint the frames a bold color as well. Yellow, pink, lime green. Or even black or high gloss white. The only issue I have with that fabric is the pattern match up...that could be a difficult task.


I would really enjoy knowing what you think. I love getting your comments!