September 14, 2009

Before & After: Dumpster Chairs

We rang in the New Year '09 at our camp in south Louisiana. {A camp in Louisiana is like a holiday house, or weekend house, ours is a little more 'rough' than your typical lake house. I'll take some good pictures come Thanksgiving.} Our camp is on pilings, or huge stilts in the water/bayou, you have to get there by a boat.

Anyway, when we were there in January I found some chairs, near the dump on the wharf at our lake, where our camp is. Below is the 'Attakapas Landing' where we dock our boat and park our car before heading out to our camp. This is where I found my chairs. They had huge bags of empty beer cans on them, leaking old, hot, smelly beer all over the place. Any normal person would have left those chairs to rot.
Before. Many years, probably around 60, were spent drinking, smoking and eating gumbos in these chairs.
After. Newly recovered on my front porch, waiting for their grand entrance inside!
Once I finish painting I'll show you some more of how the room/colors are coming along!!!

Ta Da!! They are wild, but I love that! I could just picture myself dressed up, Mad Men style, smoking a fag and drinking a high ball in these back around 1962. Wanna join me and come over?!


Courtney said...

I'M DYING!!! They're just fabulous! The purple/mustard/sky blue/red combination is slaying me. Meg, they are smashing!!!

pink-to-green said...

Courtney hit the nail on the head- smashing is the word to describe your latest project! Well done, Meg. This is just the beginning of what I'm sure will be many ohs and ahs coming from blogland as you unveil your decor!

Laurie said...

meg- these look amazing! was it expensive to get them reupholstered? can't wait to see the rest of your place...can't believe you guys are home-owners! xx

LindsB said...

Those chairs are amazing, what a serious before and after!! I cant even imagine the smell of that rank beer all over them and you still took them knowing what they would look like- that is some serious trash to treasure!!

I've always wanted to get things like this to re-cover but was always afraid of the cost, if you dont mind me asking what the rang something like this costs? you dont have to say exactly I just wanted a ballpark- thanks in advance!!

Meg said...

Thanks for all the sweet words everyone!!! I'm glad you liked them as much as I did!!

ReRe...come visit me girl! I am dying to get to NYC soon.... miss you. Damn, we are grown up huh?!

Linds, I'll email you!! xx M

Devon said...

Absolutely beautiful Meg. Love that you picked them up off of a dock. They were a great find and I love the fabric!

paula said...

These are gorgeous as is your front porch, swoon worthy.

Meg said...

Thanks Devon & Paula!!! :) I can't wait to do more with my porch, there is NOTHING now except an Iron Cross up there!


OMG, how did I miss this post??? I'm DYING over here. The chairs are gorgeous. Love the pattern. Yay, Meg!

fric and frac said...

I love these chairs! May I ask where you got the fabric? I love it!

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