Tuesday, July 13, 2010

A little lovin' goes a long way...

I've been pestering my husband, Paul, for a new dining room set for quite some time. Though I am more than appreciative of the donation of Paul's parent's 30+ year old table and Ikea dining room chairs that make up our current "dining room set," they are just not cutting it anymore! My little heart has been set on this (Sumner from Pottery Barn) for quite some time. Perfection.

Unfortunately for me, Pottery Barn and Paul do not see eye to table when it comes to what a dining room set should cost. This means, I have to be creative to achieve the look that I want.

Bring in the dumpster diving!!!

I found these beauties out on the curb last week while walking my pups on trash day. With their "tasteful" color, dirt covering, and shredded bottoms, they didn't look like much. However, I knew I hit the jackpot! Embarrassingly enough, the lady that threw these away saw me when I was scurrying to get these into my car (yes, I raced home to get my car to not miss out on this fabulous opportunity). She asked me if I was going to make planters out of them, I looked her in the eye and replied, "nope, these are my new dining room chairs!"

Before you judge me for trash diving, look at it this way. I've looked online, and cannot find ladder back chairs for under $120/chair minimum. Let alone, ones that are made out of good, solid wood. With a good sanding, paint job, and new seat, I knew I could get these babies looking good as new!

And... I was right! Check out my work:

With a little sand paper, two cans of spray paint , and wood for the seats, I have three "brand new" dining room chairs. I have turned trash into treasure and all for the grand total of approximately $20. Take that Pottery Barn!


  1. You just took my comment virginity! Sweet (and thanks!)

  2. You did such a great job! Prettier than Pottery Barn's.

  3. You're the best, I love u! Great job on the chairs baby! They look amazing! You'r

  4. Look at YOU, Miss Crafty! See, I really want to garage sale or find little treasures like those chairs, but my eye for seeing potential is terrible!

    ...You totally inspire me! Loving the adorable blog and following happily! :)

  5. I love them!!! I don't have that creative hand. I would see the chairs and WANT to make something of them, but not know how or not be able to figure out what I wanted to do.



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