The other day I saw an ad on craigslist for this pair of chairs (this is the seller’s picture that was with the ad).
Here is how my thought process went. “Hey, those could be kind of fabulous! Then again, maybe they are permanently ugly. I know paint can do wonders, but is the shape all wrong? And what are those weird pointy things sticking out of the back? Will they come off? And what is under those cushions? Even though the upholstery is white, it still manages to be all wrong with that 80’s texture and sheen. What will it take to re-fab these? Should I? or shouldn’t I?”
Then I did some research on pinterest and the closest I came to a similar chair that looked good was this chair from The Cross Decor & Design (although it appears to no longer be available).
And it’s not painted. Mine will be painted. But it still gave me a hint of what these chairs could look like.
After exchanging a couple of texts with the seller and finding out that yes, those back cushions are removable and there is cane beneath them, I decided to take a chance on these chairs. Mr. Q and I drove out to pick them up on a frigid evening. Upon seeing the chairs in person, I was still not sure about them. They weren’t as nice as the cane back chair I painted last year that now resides in the Q Branch, but I had to remind myself that I wasn’t sure about that chair at first either. The price was right, and I was there already, so I handed over the cash and threw them in the truck.
Here is my ‘before’ picture of one chair.
From the angle of my shot you can see that it has some pretty cabriole legs in front, and some nice curves on the arm supports that weren’t as apparent in the craigslist photo. That back cushion is still just freaking me out though! Not to mention the weird pointy details, which as it turns out are made of metal.
Those are definitely coming off!
Then there are the tacky arm sleeves that are velcroed in place.
Here is the chair with those items removed.
Ahhhhh, getting better already. I also found upholstered arms under those funky sleeves, and started ripping one off. There are about a million staples holding it in place though, so that little process is going to take some patience.
I threw one of my H & M pillows on the chair just to get a feel for how it would look without back cushions.
Not bad, right? Some paint and some new fabric on the seat cushions are going to do wonders for these chairs.
By the way, after I showed these chairs to Meggan, she sent me this.
Turns out that Joanna Gaines used them in the a recent episode of Fixer Upper, the Tire Swing House. I hadn’t even noticed! Well, if cane wing back chairs are good enough for Joanna, they are good enough for me!
Now I just have to decide, should I go for chippy with Miss Mustard Seed milk paint, or solid with chalk paint?