Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Chair Graveyard

It's true, my basement is starting to look less like a newly-finished basement/knitting studio, and more like a chair graveyard.  For the past few months I have been busy scouting out old chairs from Goodwills, Salvation Army's, and local garage sales.  Here's what I've come up with do far:

The plan is this:  all chairs will get new coordinating fabric (I've already found a couple that I *love*).  The larger chairs will be painted white- I am still undecided on the little guys.  If I can find a few more smaller chairs in the same wood hue, I will just replace the fabric and keep them as is.  They will be sitting around an antique cherry table, so going white with them may look a little funny. 

When I was getting ready to post about these chairs this morning, this post came up on one of my favorite blogs.  Pretty crazy, huh?

In other news, I am looking to recruit some more help from you, my internet savvy readers once again.  The other day at the shop hop,  I fell in love with this ribbon at one of the shops:

I love it!  So far, I have only been able to find it by the yard.  Can anyone help me find where to purchase a spool??


  1. I love the chairs! Paint them all white...or paint the smaller ones in a totally unexpected colour like bright yellow or spring green. It's just a thought, but I think it would look great (depending on the fabric you've chosen, of course.)

  2. You've got me wanting some of that ribbon as well.. just to stash of course.. no idea what project it would be good for ;)
    If you found other small chairs that weren't a very similar wood hue, would staining them help at all? I'm personally scared of white furniture.. it attracts fingerprints like no ones business in my house. I can't wait to see them when they're all done though.

  3. Here's what I've found....
    The company,, only sells wholesale and you must have a $150 opening order. The site also says, "Where can I buy your ribbons retail?
    We have hundreds of retail outlets all around the US. Please contact us for the closest one.
    For a complete selection of our LFNT ribbons sold retail, by the yard, visit Laura's web site at:" I think you might have to buy it by the yard :( Sorry I couldn't find more for you.

  4. Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing! I'm kind of a sucker for neat vintage chairs, personally, so I'm going to stash that away for the next time I get the bug to buy a fixer-upper!

  5. I thought of CG when I saw your collection of chairs.....can't wait to see what you do with them....smiles.

  6. I love these chairs- I think the orange one is my favorite. I picked up a pretty neat chair from a Catholic Church fundraiser for $5 when I still had an apartment and love it. Eventually I will reupholster it :) Nice picks!

  7. That is one of the many absolutely incredibly gorgeous ribbons by artist Laura Foster Nicholson- go to for her contact information.

  8. @Nicola

    See- this is why I put you guys on the job! Now I just have to find a use for $150 worth of ribbon.

  9. You'll have to come over and see the old chair I picked up garage sailing this summer and re-upholstered with an old cottage curtain!

    Here's another idea from my dream kitchen:

  10. I love the chairs! I've always wanted to do the same thing!