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About 4 years ago, when I was living in Boulder, I wandered into a "gently-used" furniture store that sold high-end furniture casted off by well-to-do Boulderites. My hungry eyes raked the collection until they landed on 2 delectable chairs. Even back then, when my design awareness was limited to "haute hand-me-downs", I knew the chairs were quite a find. (Although, you could have whispered the words mid-century modern to me during those days, and my eyes would have glazed over blankly whilst my mind would have drifted to Laguna Beach reruns.)

The previous owners had taken impeccable care of the chairs and the store had the upholstery professionally cleaned before pricing them. They claimed that the chairs were "true period pieces". I nodded like I knew what they were talking about.



The chairs were $50 each. And we naturally gravitated towards each other.  Repainting the weathered wooden arms and legs have been on my long list of projects. Finally, I decided I couldn't stand to look at the outdated varnished wood one second longer.

Roughed up and feeling a bit naked.
Edit: I've gotten questions about how I avoided getting paint on the upholstery. I simply used wide masking tape to protect the edges where the upholstery met the wood. Using my fingernails, I made sure to apply plenty of pressure to adhere the tape so that no paint bleeding would occur (i.e., paint seeping under the tape).
Even with this barrier, I still made sure to paint carefully.

Now, with 2 coats of Rustoleum paint in Espresso Satin. (click pic to enlarge)



These sit in our living room, which is still very much a work in progress.
More to come on that soon........

36 comments:

  1. I read this entire post thinking, I wonder if she bought those at No Place Like Home, or is there another slightly used furniture store in Boulder I don't know about. So I honestly wasn't paying attention to the actual chairs until I saw the after. And now I need surgery on my jaw for how quickly it snapped to the floor. Those look so chic - I love the shape, the tufted upholstery, and the espresso paint. Oooh la la.

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  2. These look FANTASTIC!!! Now I want a pair of chairs. :)

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  3. WOW! 50 bucks each!!!! That's great. What a find. They look amazing with espresso finish.

    I wish I had stores like that near me!!!

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  4. They look great!!

    PS: What is Rustoleum Furniture paint? Ive never seen it. Is it spray or can?

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  5. I can NOT believe you got those for $50 a peice! I love your vision they are phenomenal!

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  6. Gorgeous chairs, and what a steal!

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  7. Fabulous!!! You are so creative & have a great eye!

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  8. What gorgeous chairs!! I love the new finish.

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  10. Oh my, they are beautiful! What a difference the paint makes. I can't believe you got them for $50 each! Score

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  11. These are gorgeous! Great job on restaining.

    Do you know the manufacturer?

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  12. OMG, I am pea green with envy. Those are amazing. What a find!

    jbhat

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  13. What a transformation! They turned out amazing!

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  14. Love the fist-bump-like-the-obamas joke :) man, why didn't I think of that first?!?! And omg, I got a shoutout on FC's blog...seriously awesome!

    Your chairs are now so handsome. Classic pieces of furniture that I am sure you will love forever...if you don't, I can send you my address or I can come take them off your hands :)

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  15. Oooh! Love them! What a great find! I didn't know that Rustoleum made furniture paint. I'll have to check it out.

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  16. Those are pretty frikkin' fantabulous. I love them! Why can't I ever find junktiques that I can turn into treasure? Luuccky.

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  17. HOLYMOLEY. Those are gorgeous. I just had a jaw drop because of how beautiful they are. Love the dark color.

    PS - You totally sounded like Katie there. I actually thought it before I read you say it. =) I'm way too into blogs.

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  18. Awwww, thanks you guys!! Knowing how frugal I can be, these chairs will hopefully be w/ us for a while! Paint can do wonders =)

    Me~ There weren't any tags on the chairs when I bought them. That was the first thing I did was look for the manufacturer's name! I wish I knew how old they are.

    MrsL & Just~ I just put a link in the post for the painf I used. I guess technically it's not 'furniture' paint but that IS one of its purposes. I used this to paint our dining room table and platform bed and it's super durable. Just allow for adequate drying time =)

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  19. And Em! It WAS No Place Like Home, but they're really hit or miss these days. I think some of their pieces are a bit overpriced and not as quality now. They used to get such great things! I wonder if Craigs List has hurt them?

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  20. OHMAHGAWD! Divine, delectable, delicious......... I heart them so much!!!!!!!

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  21. Ok, love the analogies...these are smokin' hot! Major living room porn!

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  22. They are perfect, FC. I love your reference to when your mind would probably wander to Laguna Beach over mid century modern...mine too back in the day : )

    I am anxiously awaiting everything that is to come in your LR.

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  23. Holy million comments batman! Beautiful chairs, good eye!

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  24. WOW, girl they look great. I was on craigslist today. I think I am going to put together a vintage new age room for my daughter. Your pictures pushed me...uhhhh

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  25. These are absolutely stunning! What an awesome job you did! Go Girl!

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  26. I was just thinking how the heck you snagged something like that at such an awesome price in Boulder. Way To Go. i love how they look.
    Katie

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  27. Those are some stunning chairs! They really seem to pop with the espresso paint! Awesome job!

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  28. Wow, that paint color even makes the upolstery look new! I had to scroll back up to see what the "before" upolstery looked like only to discover it was the same! What a transformation.

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  29. What a beautiful update to already beautiful chairs! I love them!

    I linked to this from my post today.

    http://asoftplacetoland-kimba.blogspot.com/2009/01/saturday-linky-love_24.html

    Kimba

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  30. Hi there! I came over from Kimba, and I'm glad I did. I am so madly in love with these chairs! Great transformation. One question...how did you get the paint on there without getting it on the fabric?

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  31. Those look straight out of Restoration Hardware or Neiman Marcus!! Wowsers, what a hugely fabulous deal you found!! Love the paint job, and YES, just how did you manage to not get paint on the fabric???????

    Suzanne

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  32. To all my new visitors--thank you for dropping by!! Hope you stay awhile.

    Thanks for linking me in your post, Kimba! That made my day twice over =)

    Chris & Southern: I took a risk and just used wide masking tape to tape off the parts where fabric touched the wood. Made sure to bond the tape well so that no paint could seep under the tape. It worked like a dream. So tape and a steady hand are key =)

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  33. Oh my! Those chairs turned out absolutely FABULOUS! I'm green with envy! I want them, too!!! Great job!

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  34. *jaw hitting the floor*

    OHMYGOD FC!!! I WANT THESE!! Absolutely amazing job--I love them!!

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