Sunday, June 8, 2008

Oh my goodness! Has it really been that long since I last wrote?

Aidan and I have started a little mother & son tradition of going to garage sales a couple Saturday's a month. We always start out with a stop by our beloved Starbucks; I get my non-fat Cafe Mocha and Aidan goes for the old fashion glazed donuts. Ok, so I generally get one too. :) Once we've got our drinks and donuts we set off on our treasure hunt. Aidan's on the watch for toys he didn't realize we couldn't live w/out and I'm on the look out for anything else that strikes my fancy. We visit as we go and it has been a great little bonding time for the two of us. He's almost 4 and it's always amusing some of the conversations we have.

I found these chairs for the dining room table. Just begging for me to take them home and fix them up!month ago. A subdivision not far from us had a neighborhood garage sale and it was pretty amazing. It is a very wealthy neighborhood with some beautiful 'junk' but we weren't really finding much until the last stop of our trip. It was a beautiful, and I do mean BEAUTIFUL home at the end of this winding wooded cul-de-sac. I could almost hear the heaven's sing as we neared the house. The driveway was loaded with furniture of all kinds. Some were antique and some was thrift finds that she was reworking.

I ended up buying these 4 chairs at $10 a piece.

BEFORE - looking a little worn and sad.


AFTER - all freshly painted and feelin' sassy!

I sanded them down and painted them in a satin black. Added the foam to the seat template Handsome Hubby made and added the fabric. I wanted something in a floral print and stumbled upon this at JoAnn's. I believe it's from the Liz Claiborne line. I love it! It has the chocolate brown and greens I was looking for. Sort of a mod, vintage, even slightly South Pacific vibe...I will probably switch out to a black and white check or something with red this fall but I think this will look great for the spring/summer months.

I just love a good project and the thrill of a good garage sale hunt! My list of projects is long and plenty and I can't wait to share them with you. I promise to write soon!

18 comments:

Joy said...

What an awesome find... and you did a beautiful job on revamping them.

Christy said...

I've been hoping you would come back! I love seeing all of your projects. And now that your going to garage sales, hopefully we will be seeing more of you and your altered "junk".

The chairs are gorgeous!!! Love the structure of them and that fabric..stunning!

Jessica said...

I love the fabric on the chairs! So pretty! : )

meg duerksen said...

that looks great!
your dining room room looks straight out of pottery barn!

lizziefitz said...

Fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:):)

Aimee said...

Oh, my goodness, those chairs are DEVINE! Great job!

Thanks so much for commenting on my site - I'm so glad to have found you! :)

Aubrey said...

Looks wonderful!!! Do you happen to know the color of the walls...looking for a color to paint hubby's office and love that color!

Kappa Prep said...

Just found your great blog. I wish I was as crafty as you (and that I had the space for these projects, my apartment is not roomy enough).

Jodee Leader said...

Wow! I am so impressed! I LOVE how those chairs turned out. That room is just fabulous. I especially love the fabric you picked out too!

Kari & Kijsa said...

You rock!! Great finds and fabulous transformations!!

blessings,
kari & kijsa

Susie Harris said...

Emily, thank you for the very nice comment that you left behind. I may just have to share a post with everyone on the how to's of tassel making.. It's really easy! Your chairs are awesome... and I saw that same furniture at Walmart...tempting, smiles... Susie H~

The Mrs. said...

Wow!!!! Great job! And welcome back!

Keisha said...

I love your ideas! I also noticed your an Aquarius. Me too! My bday is Feb. 18. I'm creative, but not so crafty I must admit. I'd love to do my table like yours in black. Please email me any tips you may have at partiesbykeisha@yahoo.com. Embrace Life!

preppy little dress said...

nice job with the $10 chairs - love it!

Joy said...

Your home looks beautiful. You did a fantastic job on your chair makeover!

Sarah said...

Love that fabric!

chriskauf said...

Love it , great job , so fresh.

Carrie said...

Hi,

Your table is beatiful. I'm trying to paint my old table right now now, but it's coming out really bumpy. I was wondering if you could give me any tips on how you did yours.

Thanks,

Carrie