Monday, August 30, 2010

Thrifty Nifty Finds

Hi Bloggerettes!  I went to a great estate auction over the weekend.  Lots of antique furniture and good stuff!  I found this sweet little
antique chair in perfect condition.  Ooh I love little chairs!
Did I tell you that I love little chairs.  I cannot resist buying them especially if the price is right.
My question to you is....

Should I paint or not?
It's so pretty and has the nicest patina and I'm thinking maybe it should be left alone.  But, I'd like to know what you all think.

Got this little ladder back chair too.  I kinda like it in its
natural state.  Do you?

Can you imagaine wearing this feather head band hat....
I think they were very popular back in the 50's.
Looks kinda creepy to me!

My big win is this gate legged table with the drop leaf sides.
It is going to get a paint job for sure.  I picked up some
Benjamin and Moore "chantilly lace" paint and I'm thinking it's going to like its new look!

I'll show it to you once I get it done.  I know it's going to be a project.

Be sure and stop by and look at all the found treasures.



Rebecca said...

I have a table exactly like yours my friend and I love love love love love it! I have another one that is really close to it as well but it's bigger. You will LOVE having it. I use one of mine as a 'extra' table in my formal dining room. When we don't need it it's folded down. When all the family is here I pile her up with pitchers of tea, basket of bread, etc. Keeps me from running back and forth to the kitchen.

The's a tough call to paint or not paint that one. I MIGHT leave it as is..but WHAT do I know!?

Hugs to you "OH TALENTED ONE!"


CHERI said...

I love chairs, too. A few years back hubby brought home this cute little chair with this gawd-awful pinkish orange paint job. He stripped it to natural wood and it's absolutely gorgeous...a real antique I think. And he only paid $9! Can't wait for you to use your magic on the table!

Jane said...

Great finds Sissie. I love the chair "as is". The wood in your pictures looks beautiful and it's a nice contrast to the cane seat.
Looking forward to seeing your painted table.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Sissie I think the chairs are perfect in their natural state. Sometimes paint is needed but these are pretty just as they are. Now the table will be gorgeous painted...can't wait.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Sissie, I love that first chair. What a great design to that. I would leave it alone. It is beautiful.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Oh you got some great finds Sissie!
That first chair is just gorgeous and so is the other. I would leave them alone they look to be in perfect condition and the pantina is really nice.
The table will look so charming painted!
If you ever tire of these pieces just give me a jingle!

Bree said...

Wow amazing finds. I actually have that gate legged neighbors were tossing it out and I swooped in and grabbed it. I painted mine and it looks amazing.


Marydon said...

G'eve sweet Sissie ~
I would not touch the chairs but I am dying to see that table painted. The chairs are TOO beautiful a patina to touch.

You lucked out on these beauties ... good for you. May I give you my shopping list? Chuckle!

Have a beautiful eve & a friendly 'hi' to your son.
TTFN ~Hugs, Marydon

Seaside Rose Creations said...

SCORE!! You did so good! I think I'd leave the chairs "as is" since they are soooo pretty! The table is 2die4. Can't wait to see it all painted up!

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

I like the chairs like they are, but I would paint the table. It will be gorgeous!!! Can't wait to see it finished. Love & blessings from NC!

LuLu Kellogg said...

I can't believe I am saying leave them alone (because you know I LOVE LOVE LOVE white) but they really do look great as is!


Marsha (Sassy Mini Dolls) said...

Hi Sissie,

I was going to say, what, you didn't paint it?!? You asked, so here's my two cents worth, I'd give it your Sissie shabby chic paint job!!

LOVE that hat!!!


Nancy said...

Lucky you! Those are some awesome finds. I'd say leave the chairs as is. Something I just love is seeing a room done in mostly whites/beige with a wooden piece or two in the natural wood color thrown in. Can't wait to see that table!


Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Wow, how fun! That first chair is perfect, I wouldn't change a thing! I believe my G-Mom-B had that table in front of her livingroom window forever! It sure looks familiar, that was the table she'd put her 4 foot Christmas tree on:@)

Something Nice and Pretty said...

You sure hit the jackpot, I have a thing for chairs too, in fact my kids tease me about it all the time...for now I'd leave them the way they are for that table and it is going to be beautiful done with your white paint!


Blondie's Journal said...

Love the chairs. I think you should leave them as is!! They look great. The table is a great find and it will look so pretty in white! I'm envious! ;-D


::cottage instincts:: said... have a little problem with tables *and* chairs? Man I love you :)

I say paint it, but I say paint everything!

Donna said...

Hi Sissie,
I just love your gate leg table, and can't wait to see it when you've painted it! And the chairs are wonderful! While I usually am one to say "paint it!", in this case, I think they would be best left natural, as the finishes are awesome! You always manage to find the greatest treasures. Estate sales here usually are just a bunch of over priced junk!

Tarnished and Tattered said...

My sweet Sissie,
What an amazing estate sale! You did good girlfriend. Okay, here's my vote. No, NO to painting the chairs. They are just perfect with your awesome pillow to embellish. The gate leg table, wow. I'm always on the look-out for them. And I agree about being a chair fiend. I am always buying chairs, little side tables & lamps. I guess cuz I can find them for around 50. pretty affordable. Lisa

Linda K. said...

My goodness Sissie, leave both chairs in their natural finish for a while. Paint them when you feel the need. (If you keep them). They are both very pretty as is.


dogsmom said...

I am thrilled to see the majority saying leave the chairs natural. Look how nicely it brings out the red in your cat.
I think painting it white will wash out the color of the caning as well.
I'll be back to see your treatment of the table.

Barbara Jean said...

Great finds. Regarding the piece of furniture my daughter got for me. Yes, it is ugly, but what could i say. she worked so hard to get it. =)


barbara jean

Dorthe said...

the table, is wonderfull, and when you have had your hands on it, it will be a star in your home,---
love the chair as it is, too, I think it would be a pitty to paint it.
Have a sunny lovely last august day, sweetie.
Hugs, Dorthe

My name is PJ. said...

I like the warm patina on both wooden chairs, but they'd look nice white too.

Another white table coming up! :)

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Hi Sissie....Sometimes it is hard to make a decision on whether to paint or not. I guess if you are in doubt you should wait and think about it. Some furniture should be left the way it least that is what I think. You got some fabulous pieces! The little drop leaf table is going to look very pretty! Can't wait to see it!~Hugs, Patti

Claudia said...

Great finds, Sissie! The chair is so sweet. Can't wait to see the table transformation - I know it will be fabulous!


Sandy said...

Hi Sissy... you came by my blog today and commented on my chair.... well, yours is just wonderful.. I so love little chairs also! Great find!
Thanks so much for your sweet comments and I'm now following you also!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I like little chairs, too, Sissie! I like little accent tables almost as much! :) I think you should leave the chair for now, since you are not sure. Sometimes an idea will "come to" you if you wait, otherwise I think it looks fine as it is.

Debra@Common Ground said...

I'm with you on the little chairs...and little tables, and that gate-leg beauty will look fabulous in white! A friend has one all distressed and yummy! Have fun!

Nice and Easy Antiques said...

Agree, agree!! Chairs are wonderful things...and so are tables...and armoires...and cabinets...and shelves.......

My Gosh, I need help!!!!!!

June said...

Hi Super Thrifty Shopper Sissie,
I adore the chair as is. I would live with it for awhile and let it tell you what she wants to be. It really is beautoful the way it is, and I can't believe a white lover like me is saying it. LOL!
You really find amazing stuff!!!
Your sisters home is so beautiful. I fell in love with her mantel. I hope you two have a great time when you see each other soon. Of course I already know you will.
Thank you sweetheart for such a lovely message you left me. It was a blessing to me.

Angela (Cottage Magpie) said...

Hi Sissie! What a lovely blog you have! I'm definitely adding you to by blog reader. I think the ladderback chair is so lovely with it's patina that I would probably leave it. The other chair I think would look good painted. But then, this is the thing I always struggle with -- to paint or not to paint...

~Angela :-)

Creative Carmelina said...

Oh I adore painted furniture! I even painted out my kitchen cabinets, it's so much brighter, cheery and it catches the light better!
Plus....painted furniture is so chic and shabby! am i right!

I'd paint it...and if you are extra ambitious...come over here and paint a couple of my things too will ya! I have a few projects just laying in wait cause i have come to dread painting furniture! lol
I think it's because I've been doing it all my life...and not just for myself!

okay, now I'm babbling, forgive me...I've been away for the maybe I'm making up for lost time, or should I say lost comments!

I love your blog! Keep it up darling!

ciao bella


Debbie said...

Hi Sissie~~~those chairs are nice as is. That table will look sooo pretty painted with the white. whatever you decide, it will be wonderful.

stefanie said...

chairs are great...and you found perfect ones!!!!
I feel I need to go thrifing now!

Riet said...

HI Sissie. Those chairs are beautiful.And the table, great. Wonderful finds. The chairs are good as they are I think.No paint needed. LOL Don't know if I told you why I am so late commenting. We sold our house a couple of days ago and we are moving withinn three weeks. We are very happy we sold it as the housing market is slow in this country as it is in yours. We are the lucky ones. But anyway busy weeks ahead.I will try to visit as much as possible. Have a nice day

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Sissie, You got some great pieces at the sale. I like the chair as it is...nice contrast to the white. Hugs, Sherry

Ms. Bake-it said...

Hello Sissie!

I used to be a chair addict but after downsizing, I had to learn to control my addiction! I agree with the table getting painted, but the patina of the cane chair looks just too good to paint. I love the details and am amazed at the great shape it is in. Love your shell basket! As for the ladder back chair, you should leave it in its natural state until inspiration hits.

~ Tracy

Dee@FrenchBleuVintage said...

I LOVE your chair find! What a great score. But my favorite is that silver hand mirror.

Dogmom Diva said...

Hi Sissie, love your finds! I definitel would leave the chairs alone they are such a pretty color, but that table will be great painted. I agree, hat is creepy!


Sares said...

What great stuff you always find! I think I would leave the chairs as they are, I think their coloring is beautiful. Plus it will save you the labor of painting them! I can't wait to see the table painted though. The black feather would be neat as some sort of Autumn/Halloween decoration!

Pam said...

Wonderful chairs. Especially like the first one with the caned seat. I'm a leave it alone unless it's in bad shape kind of girl, so I would say not paint it if you like it's patina. I have bought something like 9 chairs so far this summer and I may have to eventually weed some out.

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Happy Blog anniversary!! You know I love your I am ready for another year!!

Suzie Button said...

Hi Sissie, I wouldn't change the chairs, they're so beautiful natural! Thanks for stopping by today, how funny you're having a giveaway on the birdcage! I won't enter since I have one, ha, but whoever wins will LOVE it! Suzie

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