I’m so excited to show you the new chairs that I found for my living room makeover!
Since I thrift practically everything they’re not “new” new, they’re “new to us” new, lol, which is always new enough for me.
I love giving perfectly good things a new home.
Having the right kind of thrifted living room seating has probably been the biggest challenge for me to tackle so far for this makeover. Chairs that you sit in all the time should fit your body well, should be super comfy, and of course you should love the way they look too.
That is a must! And I’m hoping you can help me with that.
Because what good is a comfy chair that you hate to look at? Or a nice chair that you hate to sit in?
We shouldn’t settle for either of those scenarios.
It’s all about finding the comfort that makes your body happy, the look that makes your heart happy, and the price that makes your wallet happy.
Above you can see the pair of thrifted chairs that we had when I shared the living room before photos. We loved them when we found them about a year and a half ago, and we especially loved the $50 price tag.
I said these chairs were staying, and I honestly thought they were going to, but after using them for awhile we decided that the seats and the backs were just too low for us.
We decided we’d be much happier with chairs that you can lean back into and rest your head if you wanted to take a cat nap by the wood stove fire after doing some reading. And even more importantly we need to be able to get up out of chairs without grunting and groaning. lol.
And after I painted the walls white I found that the stripes were too dark and dull for me. I wanted something lighter and brighter.
So not only were our bodies not loving these chairs, but my heart wasn’t really into them anymore either.
Sorry striped chairs but it was time for you to go. But don’t feel too sorry for them. They’ll be donated to the Restore and I have no doubt that they’ll find a good home.
Such is the circle of thrifting.
So while I looked, oh so patiently (uh-huh), for just the right chairs at just the right price…the living room makeover was put on hold.
Until I finally found them. Woo hoo!
And here they are… two fabulously pretty green wing chairs that also came with a bonus ottoman. Can you guess how much I paid for them?
Just $70!!! I think that was probably the fastest I’ve ever said SOLD.
Wallet happy! Check.
Once again the Restore comes to my decorating rescue. When I saw them I just knew they were it.
I sat in one of the chairs and guarded the set while John went and found somebody to help us. You can’t walk away from these things or they just might walk away on you. lol. Trust me when I say that.
They even came with their matching fabric arm protectors, which are also in excellent condition.
I have to say that I have a love/hate relationship with arm protectors. What about you?
They’re always falling off and getting covered in cat hair on the floor, but when I have them I feel like I need to use them. I suppose they do help protect the arms.
The chairs are a good weight, have wooden frames, and some nice detailing on the legs.
They are all in excellent condition… even underneath.
Because I love color I tend to take my decorating cues from nature, and more specifically from my flower gardens. Green is a neutral to me, and pretty much goes with any color you could possibly throw at it.
These chairs are higher than the blue ones, very comfy in a fabulously firm sort of way, and the backs are tall and give great support.
No more sinking into chairs until we feel like our behinds are almost hitting the floor. lol.
Like Cinderella I’m a just right kinda girl, and these chairs are just right.
Body happy? Check!
Now you might think because I’m going green with the chairs that my living room inspiration, the pink flamingo pillow, is no more.
But that couldn’t be further from the truth.
Just like in my flower gardens I love contrasting colors, and I’m loving this pillow even more than I did with the blue chairs.
The neutral green backdrop of the chair really makes this pillow pop.
And the pink ties in the color of my hot pink china cabinet.
After we brought the chairs home I found this pink velvet heart pillow. It is silly perfection.
Both pillows lighten up the formality of these chairs… because this girl doesn’t have a formal bone in her body.
And in my world chairs just want to have fun, and I’m just the girl to help them do that.
Heart happy? Check!
Because these chairs have a classic shape and the color acts like a neutral backdrop different pillows can be added to change the look completely.
The blue chairs were stuck in time, definitely the 70s. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but their look just wasn’t versatile. Wing chairs are timeless, and you can decoratively take them anywhere you want to go.
And pillows are an easy and inexpensive way to do that. Whatever the look you’re gong for… fun, formal, farmhouse, retro, modern etc etc etc.
Things don’t have to be matchy-matchy… they just have to go in a way that you love and that makes you smile.
There’s a lot more to do in my living room… like a lamp makeover, floor makeover, stairs makeover, etc etc etc. But now that I found my chairs I hope to be making some real headway.
Fingers crossed! 🙂
Update: You can check out my diy lamp makeover here.
But now on to what I need your help with. Would you keep the legs as they are or paint them?
I love the chairs just the way they are, but I wonder if I would love them even more with pretty painted legs. The floor is getting a makeover, which will be in lighter tones but what I’m doing is a secret so I can’t spill the beans.
Right now that’s the painted plywood that was beneath the laminate floor that I removed last fall. Maybe I should wait until the floor is done before doing anything to the legs.
What do you think?
Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…
keep on keepin’ on!