Tuesday, February 15, 2011

You Gotta Have a Vision….

It is imperative, if you decorate on a dime like I do, to have a vision….to be able to see PAST the ugly and visualize what something can “become”….

Such is the case with these chairs I got at the auction a few weeks ago….I got these four chairs for $30….for ALL of them…..

They have good lines….loved the shape of them….and they were very sturdy….that is a good thing…





Now, I had also “visualized” just spray painting them…that would be so easy and FAST….but alas, they were covered in some kind of varnish that is probably toxic by today’s standards and my paint just bubbled up….

SO!  I sanded them down and tried again….nope!  Same thing!  Third time is a charm!  Primed them with a brush and THEN spay painted them…





I’m not through with them yet….I have added to them and recovered the seats and I still have to glaze them…

I hope to be finished with them in the next couple of days and I will post the final product…..

I am Re-furnishing the dining room a piece at a time!  I also got a table last week that is in remake mode as well….so far I have spent $130.00 for a table and four chairs…not too bad….I sold my old table and chairs for more than I paid for these….love when that happens :)

Please say tuned for the reveal and, for your viewing enjoyment…

Sissie….lounging in a pizza box, cos’ that’s just how she rolls!


Thank you so much for stopping by!!


  1. Those chairs are great! I can't wait to see the finished products!

  2. $30 for 4...no way...that is a freaking deal...I MUST go to auction! No wonder you thought Scott's was expensive...now I do too.

  3. I've never been to an auction... you just inspired me. Those chairs will be great!

  4. You can never go wrong with Queen Anne style. Love where you're heading and can't wait to see the finish line!

  5. Good for you, Lou Cinda! What a deal! I can't wait to see it all together.

  6. What a gorgeous kitty and what a score on the chairs! Can't wait to see it all put together.

  7. The chairs are going to look fabulous in your dining room. If we keep going to these auctions I am going to have to buy a bigger truck to transport our treasures. Cross your fingers as I prepare to paint that bed and chest.

  8. Sharon, we may have to go in TWO vehicles! Mike's Yukon and Steve's truck! That way we can pack more in! lol OR a trailer! We could just pull a trailer behind us! Problem solved! Are we going Saturday night?

    Lou Cinda

  9. Love the shape of the chairs and the color is fantastic. Can't wait to see what you choose for the seats.

    Ahhhh, Sissie looks so content in the pizza box.


  10. Ug, gotta love the paint trials. I'm sanding a small hutch purchased at local thrift shop. Not fun.
    Gorgeous results for you, though!
    Can't wait to see them finished!

  11. Lou Cinda you stole those chairs!! But yikes multiple times and no paint stick-age *winks* Thanks for the heads up on the 'toxic varnish" thing! They are gonna look great! I can't wait to see your finished dining room! Don't ya just love when you come out ahead on the furniture swap! Vanna

  12. Kudos to you for not giving up - can't wait to see the finished product!

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  14. Sissie is a beauty! What a fabulous deal on the chairs! I cannot wait to see the final reveal.

  15. The lines of those chairs are fantastic! I can't wait to see the finished project!

  16. Great job, Lou Cinda! What an amazing deal you got on those chairs! I'm glad you finally figured out what worked for the paint! Painting chairs is NOT easy! I've got 6 that need it right now and I just keep putting it off!

  17. Looks great Lou Cinda! Isn't that frustrating when the paint just does not adhere right? I am anxious to see what you did for the seat cover!~Hugs, Patti

  18. So far so good! Can't wait to see the fabric!!

  19. Hey girl- when you get done sanding off a few wear spots and then glaze them, those chairs are gonna be so nice and pretty!! Looking forward to seeing how they come out. :-)
    hugs, Sue

  20. I love your new dining room chairs. They are beautiful in their new color. And you turned a profit? Awesome!

  21. Love the chairs! What a good deal! Can't wait to see the finished project.

  22. A real steal on those chairs! Thanks for sharing your tips about what to do when it bubbles up. I keep having this problem with a piece but I guess I'm not as patient as you. I gave up thinking what's the use. Guess I need to get back to sanding again.
    Can't wait to see your finished dining room!

  23. What a bargain! Can't wait to see the finished product. Oh.....Jack the Cat said to tell Sissi "HI" he thinks shes pretty darn cute! :)

  24. My dining room chairs are in the same style and I never thought of painting them...what a great idea to give them a boost, and boy could they use it! I will certainly be coming back to see what these look like when they are finished. Thanks for the idea and thank you also for visiting me.(-:

  25. That chair has great legs...can't wait to see it all finished...gonna be great!
    Have a great weekend!

  26. What a great find and an awesome price!! I love them painted ivory and I can't wait to see the finished chairs. Sounds like you have been very busy!

  27. Oh my gosh......I am grrrreeeeen with envy! I've been on the lookout for something with sweet lines like these have.... I bought four wicker chairs from Pottery Barn several years ago and now I think I want a change. My Hubbs would shoot me unless I could find something for 30 bucks! LOVE them.... Can't wait to see them all finished up.... Love the white....so pretty. You're one lucky chickie!


  28. Yes... ya gotta have a vision. I lurve yo chairs! Looking good! Hope you had a fabulous B-day.

    How bout Sunday's race? Pretty cool, huh? Your man takes the points lead!


  29. What a fabulous find and you can't beat the price! I never get lucky like that! lol! I can't wait to see the final product. Oh, and I LOVE that Rooster lamp below...where did you find it if you don't mind me asking? XOXO ~Liz

    P.S. Thanks for stopping by and commenting! =)

  30. Found your blog via Elizabeth Ann's...Saw you were from Gadsden and had to check your blog out! I am from Sylacauga...Us Alabama gals gotta stick together. Please visit me at thecrankyqueen.blogspot.com Follow and leave a comment if you like. I too was shocked about Consigning Interiors closing! Do you know what happened???? I like your blog. Plan on following you. I try and shop Attalla every now and again....Will be in Southside tomorrow for a soccer game. Small world... tiff

  31. Love the chairs and the cat in the pizza box! Our cat, D....yes his name is the letter D haha, cannot pass up an opportunity to check out a new box. Doesn't matter what it is, he's either in it or on top of it! Such a mess.

    Thanks for following my blog! Your's is awesome and I'm a new follower!!


  32. Those chairs really started off as a headache. You've got them looking so fresh now, Lou Cinda. I can't wait to see your transformations. What a great deal, too!

  33. Don't hold back? Okay... I love it! And I laughed so hard at this:

    "Enter Steve…..with a plan….well, actually, I had the plan THEN enter Steve with the skills to facilitate said plan…."

    Are you my long lost sister??? ;-)

    Have missed you SO much!


    Sheila :-)


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