These chairs might actually be old-ish maybe

How old is this chair. Will it's value take me to Starbucks or the BigTime

How old is this chair. Will it’s value take me to Starbucks or the BigTime

Everyone who knows me knows that I am permanently on the hunt for furniture to refinish. Now I am lucky in the fact that my ex-husband is the king of the curbside pick up and the garage sale find. I am also lucky  that we are getting along well after years of fighting with each other. After a few years we realized we had to raise your uber cute son together and got over ourselves.

He LOVEs garage sale and goes every weekend. A) That’s good for me when I go along because my negotiating skills are nill. If I want something I just let him know and have him handle it. He’s Australian so with that accent of his and his ability to spin tales I know he’s going to get what I want at a good price. B) It’s also good for me because he is always on the look out for good pieces for me and occasionally shows up with a little gem.  I’m getting off the subject.

He calls me up and says he found two  chairs on the side of the road and” they look pretty good”,  he always says that. When I seem the I’m impressed the look nicely made and they have claw and ball feet which I love. I don’t pay too much attention and throw them in  my storage space to deal with later.

A few weeks later I take a closer look at them all excited to refinish they with some black paint and gold wax  accents. Hmmmm, as I look closer I realize the claw and ball feet are carved really really well and have a lot of detail, that’s good. When I turn the chair over to look at the seat, I see three layers of fabric with the apparently original covering secured by orderly nails and some words stenciled on the bottom No. 7155 MAH Polona WI NE. Hmmmm. I’m impressed with the workmanship and as much as I want to start slapping paint I don’t want to jump the gun if I actually have an antique that is worth something.

From my research the chairs are Chippendale style. I’m still thinking that they are a nice 50’s or

what gorgeous feet

what gorgeous feet

60’s era reproduction. I don’t want to get too excited.

My dream is to go on The Antiques Roadshow and have those super cute furniture experts, the Keno brother’s (the twins) hopping from one foot to the other dying to tell me that have have two treasures worth 1/4 million each. That could happen. meanwhile I’ll keep doing my research to see what I have.

If the are from the 50s or 60s I’ll be happy, if they are Victorian Era reproductions I’ll be thrilled and if they are older than that I’ll be over the moon.

What to do with this table? make that tables

Two Tables for $22. the Table in the upper right is refinished by Kathy at Life of Lake Shore Drive.

Two Tables for $22. the Table in the upper right is refinished by Kathy at Life of Lake Shore Drive.

So I went to a garage sale and I saw this beautiful round table. Beautiful yes,  it looked expensive and I a cheap girl, you know what I mean. And I had no idea what to do with it. So I didn’t buy it. Well as I am snuggled in my bed doing my new favorite thing, looking around and getting ideas on Pintrest. I see a similar table, beautifully redone by Kathy at Life on Lake Shore Drive. Wow I think I should have bought that table. It’s the last thing  I think of before I fall asleep. In the morning when I go back the computer there is Kathy’s table on the screen I fell asleep in the middle of pinning it. Maybe the table is still at the sale. So  I grab

The $10 table. How awesome

The $10 table. How awesome. Know it will come out as Beautiful as Kathy’s

my coffee throw the dog in the car and the high tail it over there.

I’m lucky, very lucky the table is the still there and I am every luckier.  When I was there the day before there was an older man there who was spinning tales of grandeur about every piece, he wanted big bucks,  you know like $20, and he had the stories to prove it. When I went back there was a younger man with no stories. I had a feeling this  guy would be much easier to deal with.  How much for the table? $15 he says. I only have $10 I say which is true. Ok. he says. Yeah  nice and easy. I see another table a very rustic table. That’s nice I thought

look at that foot beautiful detail

look at that foot beautiful detail

but what would I do with that? Here we go again.  I left it. As I am running around to Walmart and Home Depot I keep thinking about the new table.  I am not going to buy it unless I have a plan to re-finish it my space is limited. I figured it out, a little chalk paint, a little sanding, I could make this work.  I go zipping back. Maybe I

This table is Beautiful. it is the perfect farm house table

This table is Beautiful. it is the perfect farm house table

can get it for $5 its pretty rough.

I wait here for about 15 mins for the guy running the sale to return. There are 3 of us waiting. Apparently he’s off returning a rental car, I don’t ask.

As a car pulls up my dreams of a $5 table disappear. It’s the older man with the BS, I mean stories. I knew there was no way I was getting that table for $5. When I ask him for his best price he says, “I know you know what that is.” he says. Here we go. “No.” I say. “It’s antique primitive.” he say.  hmm good bluff . I don’t know what an antique primitive is.  I see an old table.

“I need $15.” he says.

$15 is not a bad starting point

“How about $10.” I say.  “No, no.” he says can do that. He stands firm. Crap I never like to pay more than $1o. I keep talking,  not happy to leave with out it. I offer $12 he accepts. Yeah! He got another $2 out of me.

Before  I bought the table it was covered with garage sale  goodies so I couldn’t see the top. As  I look at it I can see that the table is made from reclaimed wood. It has a ton character. $22 for two awesome tables is a great start. Till next time. Melissa

Next on Tap: Little table

$5 cabinet next on tap

A friend of mine that knows I am always looking for little tables and cabinets to refinish. Little! Found this gem for me $5 at a yard sale. I must admit I am a little disapointed that the top has … Continue reading