Ages ago, D found two beautiful chairs in the dumpster outside our building. Technically, they were next to the dumpster outside our building, which is more appealing but sounds less exciting. They could both use some restoration, understandably, but one of them was in good enough shape that I am using it for the time being.
They originally had black (fake) leather seats, but these had since been covered in maroon fabric and both the fabric and the underlying leather had been torn and badly abused. I pulled off the maroon fabric and covered the leather with a simple green and white seersucker I had lying around, securing it in place with the aid of a staple gun. Our eventual plan is take apart both chairs completely, sand and refinish (not paint!) them and then choose a sturdy fabric for the seats. Hopefully we'll get this done sometime in the next decade.
i just wish i was as crafty as you!ReplyDelete
:) these chairs are lovely.
I saw a chair just like this one next to a dumpster while I was running yesterday. It took all of my self-control not to pick it up and carry it the two miles home in the 95 degree heat. Now I'm regretting that decision- that chair is gorgeous!ReplyDelete
Very nice chairs.ReplyDelete
I lalalala love these chairs.ReplyDelete
Love a good dumpster diving chair :) Great save!ReplyDelete
This reminds me of the gorgeous Thonet chair that I have in my cellar. I need to finish it. Definitely.ReplyDelete
It looks so fresh and un-dumpstery! I bet that chair is happy you rescued it.ReplyDelete
i'm so impressed, not only with your find, but by the amount of luck you've had with dumpster diving. i need to swing by your neck of the woods when i'm in need of a new (to me) piece for my place!ReplyDelete
well you did a great job for your makeshift renovation of these chairs!ReplyDelete
I love the lines of the chairs. Such a fun find!!ReplyDelete
What a find! Love the simple, pretty shape. Can't believe someone would just put them out, but hooray for you! :)ReplyDelete
What a great find! And I totally relate to your "sometime in the next decade" statement. I have all the pieces cut for 2 bedside tables - and I cut them in, like, March - and somehow, I can't find the time (motivation, maybe?) to put them together...ReplyDelete
I had a chair very similar to these as my desk chair at my school in Brooklyn. It had an ugly orange vinyl fabric covering the "cushion" and inappropriate pencil/pen marks written all over it. I never thought much about the chair, other than that I wished it was more comfortable for those long stretches of paper grading. You, however, have turned those chairs into something quite beautiful! Well done!ReplyDelete
GREAT dumpster find! I love the fact that you aren't going to paint the wood. It's such a shame when nice wood gets an unnecessary paint job.ReplyDelete
They're lovely! Will look soo chic when they're given a little facelift!ReplyDelete
oh, nice chair, i could use a chair like that .ReplyDelete
such a beautiful chair!ReplyDelete
adorable chairs! love the shapesReplyDelete
oh, such a great find!! i need some dumpster chair luck. who would get rid of such a great chair!!!?ReplyDelete
looks plenty cute in the mean time.ReplyDelete