August 5, 2009


A few things in my house have been picked up at a dump, and off the side of the road. I just wanted to show them to you. Really, I can't believe I'm putting these up, but this is what is going on in our life and in my little house. Obviously it's all very unfinished at the moment. And these are all some ridiculously bad iphone pictures.

The chairs are mid century, shown here without their cushions (we only took one set to match for size, which smell like mildew and hot sweaty old beer). I plan on covering them in a wild, crazy, colorful ikat. They were FREE! Ha, free because they were in the trash covered in black garbage bags full of beer cans at our camp in Louisiana. Hence, the name: dumpster chairs. (oh, and those books stacked against the wall are waiting for a bookshelf, which will be floor to ceiling, painted the wall color, when it gets chosen)

The side tables are also a little mid century looking. Not my favorite look of all time, but beggars can't be choosers when it comes to free and almost free furniture. So, the plan with these is to lacquer them black. Shiny, high gloss, fancy looking black. With some new hardware. I paid a whopping $20 each for these bad boys.

This horrendous photo is of a cane seat chair with a broken seat. I'm a sucker for cane. I'm thinking of wallpapering my powder bath in a cane wallpaper. This chair was also $20 from a garage sale. It obviously needs re-caning, and re-staining. That metal blob on top of it is this great sculpture we have of New Zealand, I gave it to Tim as a wedding gift. It's probably going to look a bit better on the wall, when the room is painted! Stay tuned...

So, whataya think? Tim asked me if all of our furniture was going to come from trash! Well...if a girl like me wants custom upholstery, she's gotta meet him half way with some bargains, deals, steals and cheap thrills.


Courtney said...

UMMMM MAJORRRR score on those chairs at the top! If you're looking for an inexpensive but good upholsterer in Houston, try the man located directly behind Maura's old shop...behind Heights Glass. Though I'm sure you have connections through work, I think he's great -- and very reasonable! He charged me HALF of what everyone else in town wanted to do my little chair. AND he threw in some fabric for free!

Love your finds and seeing even a teensy tiny glimpse into your home!

Devon said...

Not even close to trashy. Everything you own has a fun and zany story. So much better than...I opened my Pottery Barn catalogue and ordered an entire room.

You have such great design sense. Loving reading about your new house. Hope you guys are having fun!!

Jennifer said...

those chairs look an awful lot this this one:

which is funny (to me at least) because those pics of bamboo blinds you posted today are of his house! what are the odds?

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