Virginia of Fynes Designs had been striking out when it came to patio furniture. She'd waited until she could find one that she could afford, but to her disappointment the one she bought turned out to be a lemon and had to be returned. Bummer. "One day, just after garbage clean up, one of my cousins landed on my door-step with a gem," Virginia tells us.
At House of Hawthornes, Pam spotted this mid century modern beauty of a chair at a yard sale and brought it home for--get this--a dollar. (Since a dollar isn't worth much these days, I'm counting that as a rescue!) It was made of really nice wood and had amazing lines, but the orange upholstery was an eyesore!
Over at Mommy is Coocoo, Amanda was thrilled to be given this little chair as a hand-me-down. She completely fell in love with the French Provincial style and curvy lines of this chair, but the teddy bear upholstery......not so much.
"Being DIY/crafters we often run into situations where people have old furniture that they just“knew' we could do something with," laughs Jaque at The DIY Village. These schoolhouse chairs came to her in just such a situation. She had no clue what she was going to do with them until her sister mentioned that her collie would really love a raised feeding station.
Aimee blogs at The Crazy Crafty Lady. There, she explains that the mismatched and worn-out dining set that she had really wasn't her style. But with two year old twins, this stage of her life is not the one in which she is going to be investing in fine furniture. Instead, she decided to restyle the table that she had.
At Classy Clutter, Mallory had the chance to help give a friend's dining room a new look. The focal point of the room was this sturdy, solid wood mission-style table. Since the table was in great shape and had some fantastic details, Mallory suggested lightening it up a bit with paint.
"In the past, I would go to yard sales and see amazing upholstered vintage chairs, and I would pass them by," confesses Shanna at Restoration Redoux. After figuring out that it was possible to actually paint upholstery, however, her days of passing by vintage chairs are over. Shanna was thrilled when her mom spotted this tufted number on a neighbor's curb.
Erin and Emily blog at Elizabeth Joan Designs. The last time the sisters were together, Erin mentioned that she needed a chair for her new desk. As luck would have it, Emily had recently rescued the perfect chair from the roadside, and was happy to pass it along to her sister. As you can see, the chair was in decent condition, but the upholstery was not
Over at Somewhat Quirky, Karen's friend discovered this old Ficks Reed wicker corner sectional in the garbage. It was an odd shape, but deep enough to comfortably enjoy taking a nap outside on the porch, so she asked Karen to help her give it a makeover.
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