Here are the chairs before:
The one on the left is getting refinished to match the one on the right. Then we'll lose the black-capped feet, re-web both of them, and they'll be ours! All of the work is being done by Scott at Mid-Century Salvage, and we'll pick them up in a few weeks (which means I don't have an "after" picture yet).
This of course means that I've been cushion shopping like crazy. I found one set on Etsy in a pretty blah pattern:
It gives you 2 looks for the same piece! The plaid isn't really our thing, but it would obviously work in other patterns. There are 2 great fabric stores near here that I will be checking out for options. And once they're done, we will happily say farewell to our Ikea Tullsta chairs (or at least they'll be moved to different places in the house).
I've decided to start putting my time and efforts into things that reflect my values, and not only is craftsmanship/hard work high on that list, but also adding history to my present, and creating meaningful space that my family can hold together. This project combines all of that (plus we got a good deal on them, I think. Minding our dollars and cents is definitely something I value as well).
These chairs will look great with our dining room table and chairs, Drexel-designed pieces from 1959 (the chairs desperately need to be recovered):
our side chairs in the sun room (that I rescued and rehabbed from the Goodwill in the 'Burg for $3 each):
and our front sofa (which was a steal at $75 at Salvation Army. Still fluctuate daily on when I want to recover)
I don't want our house to become Don Draper's office or anything--we don't plan on taking the whole Mid-Century Modern look to an extreme. I believe in an eclectic mix in a house, since that's what I think most people's souls look like, and the home should be a reflection of the soul, in my opinion.
So that's that. Some new chairs coming our way, and we're excited about them. I was also really excited to have discovered Mid-Century Salvage. Not that far away, but a total gem of a store. Scott and Darra are awesome, I really enjoyed talking with them.
So this is probably the most boring post ever for some of you. But, be prepared, because there may be more posts like this in the future. I have several home projects that should be done soon, that I'll probably post about more often.