Craigs List, Cher, & cane back chairs

I've been looking for an accent chair for our bedroom. An old chair that I can fix up, one that I can perch on while putting on socks and such. Honestly, it'll probably be used as a surface I can throw clothes and my bra on. Sadly, I refuse to wear a bra when I'm at home. In fact, it's usually off and flung across the room by the time I get to my closet to reach for my PJ's. For those of you who could have lived life without ever knowing about my bra habits and possibly threw up a little in your mouth, like, sorry.

Every morning, I spend a few minutes trolling Craigs List just for fun whilst sipping my coffee. After a few months (slow & steady wins the race, right), I found these haggard beauties. Aren't their lines beautiful?
(Does anyone else get a bit nervous going to a Craigs Lister's home? Especially after that whole freaky Craigs List Killer biznatch?) Lucky for me, this seller was a nice lady who looked just like Cher's long-lost twin. I wanted to ask if she could Turn Back Time. She was in the process of moving her grandmother in with her and had taken on the task of cleaning out her grandmother's tiny home, selling the stuff that she no longer needed. There were so many vintage treasures I hungered for but for once in my life, I practiced some restraint.

My frugal-loving ass couldn't resist asking if Cher-Twin would consider lowering the already reasonable price. She looked apologetic as she sincerely said, "I'm so sorry, it's just the money's going straight to Grandma and I don't want to let her down." Which made me crumple and practically paw thru my purse looking for any extra money I could offer up, but all I had were Altoids. Whether she was truthful or not, this is why I always leave the bartering/bargaining to Mr. FC; I'm such a wimp. I paid her, she helped me load my car, and then gave me a hug (a hug?!) and said "I'm happy they're going to someone kind." Well she obviously doesn't read my blog that was a sweet gesture. Ha!

Inspired by the makeovers I featured in this post, I'm excited to recover the seat & paint the wood frame (using this & this tutorial). If you have any suggestions/ideas, I'd love to hear them!!

By the way, does anyone know what style these chairs would fall under? They're from the 1970's and look like a repro of Louis XVI style chairs (the cane back is a sign according to this handy guide to French chairs Design*Sponge did) but the pronounced angular legs are throwing me off. Are they Provincial (Proven├žal?)? Not even French?

36 comments:

  1. Love them! They will be amazing once you re-do them.

    And yes, I often think I may meet a CL seller who will try tie me up and throw me in the bayou. We always meet in neutral locations...during the day...and I bring my brass knuckles.

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  2. Hey Freckles Chick! I'm excited to see what your chairs will look like when you're through with them. You've got such good taste. What type of fabric are you thinking?

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  3. I have the same problem, I almost start shaking before I get up the nerves to ask if they will take less. I always lose. As for your bra problems... your not alone ;)

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  4. Awesome chairs! I would paint them a glossy black and use a fun graphic Jonathan Adler fabric.

    I always use Craigslist and make sure to let someone know where I'm going...in case I dont come back!

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  5. Those chairs are awesome!

    Seriously, how come now one in the Philadelphia area sells good stuff like that?

    I cant wait to see them when they are finished!!

    LB

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  6. Craig's list sellers ARE scary! But Craig's list buyers can be too :) How are you thinking of redoing them? Will they both go in your room?

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  7. OK, I seriously think we might be long-lost sisters (or maybe just second cousins). First, I just posted about my craigslist chair makeover: http://theyellowfrontdoor.blogspot.com/2010/04/its-about-time.html

    Also, I hate wearing bras at home. I'm either braless or sporting (ha!) a sports bra.

    Can't wait to see what you do with those fabulous chairs!

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  8. a) I am all about the cami after work. Bra off!
    b) what a great find. They'll look good under your clothes.
    c) you are so funny. I love the cross outs and wanting to ask the nice lady if she could turn back time.

    jbhat

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  9. When I went to pick up my Craigslist wingback chairs, I called my dad and told him to call me in 15 minutes just to make sure I was still alive. Then I left my phone in the car, lol. He called three times, left two messages, and my mom sent me a text saying, "R U OKAY?". Whoops.

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  10. I always try to bargain via email, I can't do it face to face. The chairs are gorgeous - can't wait to see your sassy room again.

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  11. bwahahahaha! OMG! This post is hilarious. Cannot stop laughing!

    Beautiful chair and I cannot wait to see what you do with it. It's gonna be gooood!

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  12. LOL @ oonafey's post too! CL is definitely scary!

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  13. I LOVE those chairs! I can't wait to see what you do with them!!!

    And I, too.. hate bras. Thanks for putting that out there, because I think people should be free to ...be free... at home. :)

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  14. I totally have craigslist killer trepidation. But your chairs were worth a few minutes of a potentially life threatening scenario, right? And B is the barterer, too, I get so scared and always feel like I'm screwing someone over.

    Cannot wait to see your chairs all redone and gussied up. Could you post a step by step and photo by photo (of staple by staple) reiteration of the tutorials that you used to staple new fabric onto your chair seats? I'd really appreciate it.

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  15. Oh, and I just got home and am totally not wearing my bra. Not sure I've ever worn a bra while leaving you a comment, actually. Just you though, we have that special Boulder-ish bond, ya know?

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  16. These are going to be beautiful! I'm soooo jealous - great find.

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  17. Bras = bad! Yea, I always take the hubby with me to go pick stuff from craigs list up. You just never know.

    As for the style...It looks like regency to me. Can't wait to see it all done!

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  18. I'm sorry, I'm still laughing about asking her if she could turn back time.

    And, she was totally playing you when she said all the money was going to grandma. She was laughing all the way to the bank. ;)

    Just kidding (sorta)

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  19. Can't wait to see what you do with them. I just posted about about a chair re-do I completed.

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  20. Thanks for the laughs and great DIY previews. : )

    Great chairs, girl.

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  21. I think it would be SO DANGEROUS if we lived near each other. We think SO MUCH alike...SO MUCH. Today I had a few hours to myself -- yes I should be studying but "me" time is so rare during daylight hours that I found myself at St. Vincent DePaul. And what do I find?? 2 chairs!!! 2 chairs that I am thinking of putting in my master bedroom. (All I need is my last few plates and then I can showcase her). FINALLY!

    I have been debating btw 2 chairs and 1 comfy chair with an ottoman...hmmm...a blog post with this is on its way.

    If we had each other's digits..you would have received a text asking your thoughts on the chairs. My "same city" BFF is up in the air. Argh!

    What fabric are you thinking? Can I make this comment any longer? :)

    Cheers~
    e

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  22. Oh man. If these were my chairs, I would paint them a bright color (say, hot pink or lime green) and then recover them with a bold graphic print. It would make for such a great element of surprise.

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  23. Hey...great chairs girl..I so need to go find some good stuff...Bad thing I have no room.

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  24. Can't help with the chairs but I will say they are TERRIFIC! I really love the front legs - totally set them apart from most of the 70s chairs I bump into on craigslist. Great find!

    Marija

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  25. Love the chairs. I think I like a neutral paint with an animal print fabric. Mind you a subtle print.

    Oh. And the bra is off and boobs are on the floor. Poor hubby!

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  26. What beautiful chairs! Enjoy your new purchase. I can't wait to see the "After" pictures!

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  27. Great chairs! Can't wait to see them made over!
    Totally with you on the bra thing- it's a thing of torture.

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  28. Your daily CL searching has paid off, those are fabulous bra holding chairs! I do the same thing. Can't wait to see your after pictures.

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  29. Those look great keep us posted!!!

    Tiffany
    Peace, Love and Chocolate
    http://liferequiresmorechocolate.blogspot.com

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  30. I've never posted a comment on your page but you are one of my blogging heroes! I have blatantly copied you on several home projects and I am forever envious of your amazing style.

    Now that I have successfully made myself creepy, I cannot tell you how excited I am to see this upcoming chair project! I know you will pick out the most fabulous fabrics and colors.

    And if you ever find a DIY reupholstering wingback chair tutorial that seems pretty realistic, I'd love to know about it! I recently found a free pink wingback chair on the side of the road and am still plotting how I'll give it a refresh.

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  31. I am ever so grateful for you and our friendship. I truly believe that I am a better person because of you. You always, even with just words, strengthen my heart and soul.

    Thank you for your love, your support, and your friendship. You will always have mine...always.

    Cheers~
    e

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  32. FC, I'm so late on this one, but I have to say you are exactly like me. I love whipping my bra off as soon as I walk in the door, and the accent chair in our room is the perfect place to throw them. Doh! Did you make these over yet?? I must see them!

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  33. Those chairs are completely lovely! Can't wait to see the make-over!!

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  34. Apparently not wearing a bra is suppose to be good for you. It helps blood flow or something like that. I tend to threw my cloths on chairs too. Those chairs may be really old but they are beautiful.

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  35. I've got a similar set! :-) did you ever find out what kind of chairs they were?


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    1. Aren't they great? I still don't know the proper name for this chair style :-(

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