(The after shot)
So I was sifting through one of my favorite flea markets about a month ago, and I saw this chair in a booth marked for $9.50. I thought the curvy lines of the chair were beautiful, and even though the upholstery needed some work, I immediately snatched up the chair.
I was really proud of myself for such a great deal, and I left the chair in the garage to show to my dad when he got home. My dad is a furniture aficionado. His parents used to own an antique store and he has an appreciation for nice old things made of wood-- so I was excited to show him. But when he walked in the garage, I said, "Dad, what do you think my chair? Cool huh?"
My dad looked at the chair and kind of grunted. "How much did you pay for that piece of (insert the appropriate phrase spoken by a good ol' boy from the depths of Southern Indiana) ?"
I was crushed! I thought I made a bad purchase-- and money hasn't really been growing on trees for me lately during my post collegiate job search. Did I waste ten dollars? Crap.
But after a little bit of work and paint, (and help from my insanely handy and talented parents) I turned the chair into this.
In the end, my dad was really impressed. He actually apologized and said to me, "Stacie, I didn't see what you saw." It's just so funny to compare what my parents think is awesome and what I think is awesome. Stuff from the 60s and 70s that they grew up with, they think is hideous. I think it's kitschy, stylish, and a reminder of another era. To my parents, shag carpet reminds them of a smelly great aunt. To me it's a very awesome conversation starter.
I love the print, it looks like a "G" to me. For Grissom!
The chair's partner. I got it for really cheap as well because it had a little broken spot in the wood. But you can't tell with paint. (FYI: I have learned from my dad that it is blasphemous to paint good wood furniture. I'm only allowed to paint broken stuff and pine. Because, of course, pine is crap. So I've heard.)
The bottom of the cushion.
I just love curvy, feminine looking furniture. I've also been working on stripping and refinishing some dressers that I got for super cheap in an antique store. Although I might not have a job quite yet, I sure am learning some interesting and practical skills in terms of woodworking and the laws of furniture (according to my dad)...
Last summer my sister painted her furniture for her college apartment. My dad still hasn't forgiven her. It's okay though, now anytime we find something good and wooden in the attic, I get first dibs. Partly because I'm a bit of a vulture and partly because I have cultivated a love for all things wooden. As long as it's not pine. :)