These chairs might actually be old-ish maybe

How old is this chair. Will it's value take me to Starbucks or the BigTime

How old is this chair. Will it’s value take me to Starbucks or the BigTime

Everyone who knows me knows that I am permanently on the hunt for furniture to refinish. Now I am lucky in the fact that my ex-husband is the king of the curbside pick up and the garage sale find. I am also lucky  that we are getting along well after years of fighting with each other. After a few years we realized we had to raise your uber cute son together and got over ourselves.

He LOVEs garage sale and goes every weekend. A) That’s good for me when I go along because my negotiating skills are nill. If I want something I just let him know and have him handle it. He’s Australian so with that accent of his and his ability to spin tales I know he’s going to get what I want at a good price. B) It’s also good for me because he is always on the look out for good pieces for me and occasionally shows up with a little gem.  I’m getting off the subject.

He calls me up and says he found two  chairs on the side of the road and” they look pretty good”,  he always says that. When I seem the I’m impressed the look nicely made and they have claw and ball feet which I love. I don’t pay too much attention and throw them in  my storage space to deal with later.

A few weeks later I take a closer look at them all excited to refinish they with some black paint and gold wax  accents. Hmmmm, as I look closer I realize the claw and ball feet are carved really really well and have a lot of detail, that’s good. When I turn the chair over to look at the seat, I see three layers of fabric with the apparently original covering secured by orderly nails and some words stenciled on the bottom No. 7155 MAH Polona WI NE. Hmmmm. I’m impressed with the workmanship and as much as I want to start slapping paint I don’t want to jump the gun if I actually have an antique that is worth something.

From my research the chairs are Chippendale style. I’m still thinking that they are a nice 50’s or

what gorgeous feet

what gorgeous feet

60’s era reproduction. I don’t want to get too excited.

My dream is to go on The Antiques Roadshow and have those super cute furniture experts, the Keno brother’s (the twins) hopping from one foot to the other dying to tell me that have have two treasures worth 1/4 million each. That could happen. meanwhile I’ll keep doing my research to see what I have.

If the are from the 50s or 60s I’ll be happy, if they are Victorian Era reproductions I’ll be thrilled and if they are older than that I’ll be over the moon.

4 Amazing Furniture Transformations

4 furniture RedosI wanted to share some Furniture Re-dos that I thought were awesome. The thought for this group is seeing an amazing  transformation in something I would think had almost zero potential. Now that’s me thinking it has zero potential, my personal opinion. Now Create Inspire’s table is quite lovely before but I would have walked right by it because I tend to stencil and with the raised detail it might now work for me. But…… after seeing how she refinished it. My mind is totally changed I am now looking for a piece with a lot of detail so I can glaze that sucker up. I hope you find some inspiration like it did.

The Finished Table My Epic First Stencil project. I learned a lot making this piece. If I did again right now it wouldn’t take me as long. I am sure proud of this Beauty. Read more and check it out in my Shop.
teal-table This is little Blue table that blew my mind and showed me the potential of glazing a piece. Can I say I love Blue? Check out the full transformation on Create Inspire’s site.
1-1 I love this piece because it shows the power of paint. To me the piece before is dated and boring. I wouldn’t have looked twice at it, but look how lovely it is with after Carrie’s crisp white paint job. It got me looking for a majorly underwhelming piece to transform. Read more at her site Painted Furniture Ideas.
Round Blue Table And finally the Round Blue table. This table I left at the a garage sale because I had no idea what to do with it. After I went home I saw a similar round table in a nice bright color on Pintrest. I went flying back for that sucker with fingers crossed and it was still here waiting for me. Read more and check it out in my Shop.

Share your favorite Furniture transformations in the comments. Lucky Melissa. Till next time

What to do with this table? make that tables

So I went to a garage sale and I saw this beautiful round table. Beautiful yes,  it looked expensive and I a cheap girl, you know what I mean. And I had no idea what to do with it. So … Continue reading