I feel like I’ve been trapped in the Bermuda Triangle. The Bermuda Triangle of painting. Last week I spent 5 days in a row Micah pointed that out in my Christmas pajama pants and painted practically from sunup to sundown. The kid’s playroom seemed like a simple enough task, but the 10′ ceilings, fireplace, 2 doors and 10 windows quickly reminded me otherwise. We’re in the final stretch, and I look forward to showing you a bit more soon. Today I thought we’d talk chairs: some befores and some afters.
I found these kids chairs on craigslist (surprise, surprise) right before Christmas, and while they didn’t appear to be have much wear, they were rusty and one had a rip in the seat.
So I mixed up some Bar Keeper’s Friend and water and scrubbed off the rust.
And then I took Xander to JoAnn‘s to pick out some fabric. He loves black and thinks crocodiles are cool, making this faux leather the perfect choice. Plus, it doesn’t get more kid-friendly. With cousins galore and hopes of lots of entertaining we can never have enough pint-sized seating.
So, on to another pair of chairs it’s really hard for me to pass up a pair of anything that has caused quite the ruckus in this house. It’s another craigslist score…one that my husband would call a craigslist sore. He may or may not have called these the “ugliest chairs he’s ever seen” and he may or may not have google image searched “ugly chair” and came up with several similar looking chairs to plead his case. But I did not waver. I knew they would be perfect.
When Micah thinks I’m crazy sometimes greatness happens. You see, if he had agreed with me I would have paid nearly asking price and skipped on my merry way, but when he doesn’t like something he tells me he doesn’t care if I can get it for “x” amount, which is always dirt cheap. I see it as a total challenge and usually come out on top.
So, these chairs. I haven’t shown you a picture yet because I feel like I have to make my case first – give you all the details and disclaimers. Our wood paneled living room is a tough space. The layout is really difficult with 6 doors and a fireplace that sits on a corner. My plan is to float the furniture in the center, but I don’t want to ignore the fireplace completely. A pair of swivel chairs would take care of the desire to have a conversational area that also allows for intimate moments by the fire. The sofa will be very traditional, so I wanted something modern. And boy did I find it.
Obviously that fabric is a little loud a little?! and none of this is going together right now – lots of placeholder pieces – but these chairs will be getting outfitted in something soft and feminine, and I know they will be beautiful.
They may smell like cheap vanilla air freshener at the moment, but they are the most comfortable chairs (they rock too) and once they’re reupholstered we’re sure to be spending lots of time in them.
This room has a ways to go, and I think these chairs are going to be one of the stars of the show. I’ve proven my husband wrong before, I can do it again, right?