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Another Awesome Re-Store Find.

February 28, 2012

As I have mentioned before, I have a mild obsession with our Habitat for Humanity Re-Store (among other second hand stores).  On a random impulse, I decided to make a stop on my lunch break Friday (yes, there may have been an illegal u-turn involved).  I wasn’t looking for anything specific, just seeing what the inventory looked like.

For the past few months I’ve had my eye on a certain classical chair.  It had a $30 price tag on it which completely appalled me.  It was full of broken cane webbing and the upholstery was grossly worn.  The bone structure was awesome, which is why I continually contemplated buying it.  Friday, on a random trip, that chair I had been pining was finally in the clearance area.  I checked out the tag…three bucks???  seriously?  It was mine.  I wanted to buy it and pick it up on Saturday but because it was a clearance item they would not hold it for me.  I figured I could totally get the chair into my trunk and just bungee it for the 3 blocks back to work.  Not so much.  That sucker seemed so much larger outside the store.  Boy did I feel like  a big idiot standing in the parking lot with a random chair.  I immediately called my Re-Store co-hort, Kim, and she quickly came to my rescue with her SUV.  We hauled that baby back to the office and Ryan stopped by to pick it up on his way home from work.

The chair has some awesome bones.  I especially love the curved arms.  The cane webbing is broken on both sides and will have to removed.  Originally I planned to replace the cane but looking at it now I might be able to get away with just  leaving it off, giving it a more contemporary look.

I envision either painting the frame a  funky color or re-staining the wood a dark deep ebony.  I would like to find some kind of chevron fabric to reupholster it.

Here are some chairs I pinned on Pinterest as inspiration (found herehere, here, here, and here).

Re-finishing this chair is nowhere near the top of my priority list, so it may just in the attic until after we move.  It’s going to kill me to wait so long to start this, but all good things come to those who wait, right?!  I started looking for fabric this past weekend but came up empty handed.  boo.  Hopefully I’ll find something next time I’m in Atlanta or Florida.  This town has an awful selection of fabric stores.

So what do you think?  Can you envision this $3 Re-Store find like I can?  What color do you think I should paint or stain the frame?  Have you refinished anything lately?   Let us know by commenting below!


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