On Craig’s List that is… jez, get your mind out of the gutter
So seriously though, I have had the worst luck with finding furniture on Craig’s List here in Louisville, KY. I’m not sure what the deal is, but people don’t sell or buy as much on CL here as they did in VA (or in NJ where one of my sisters live). So here’s my plea to all of you “Louisvillians” out there… post your stuff on Craig’s List (and buy stuff too) lets get this ball rolling here!!! I personally am still in the midst of our master bathroom remodel and I’m not ready to start refinishing furniture quite yet, but I’m ALWAYS on the lookout for good pieces, which is where this story truly begins (sorry for taking the long way around)…
So I was searching through CL, as I do every morning while I drink my coffee and listen to the news, when I ran across these chairs that had just been listed an hour or so ago.
(These are pictures are of them once I got them home.)
Let me tell you they are in FABULOUS shape, they were given to a lady by her mother-in-law who was the original owner and they were used as bedroom chairs, rarely if ever sat in. The foam cushions were in perfect condition, the velvet was immaculate and the wood looked barely touched! For chairs from the 60’s that’s pretty impressive!
What drew me to these chairs in the first place were the incredible backs!
Trying to find out a little more about the chairs I did some research on them and found the exact same pair listed on 1stdibs (mine came with the little pillows too but they obscure the back so I don’t want to use them)
In case you didn’t bother to read the listing above I will tell you the price they wanted for their pair… $4,500!! Now I’m not saying they are (or are not) worth $4,500, but you can bet your sweet ass that I didn’t pay that for mine! Want to know how much I scored mine for… the bargain basement deal of $50 for the pair!!! Yes, a pretty darn good deal if I say so myself!
Well the green color cushions don’t really go with my color scheme and I just don’t have the time to sew new covers right now so I decided to try and dye them. I removed the covers, washed them in a mild detergent then used RIT DyeMore Synthetic “Graphite” (following the directions on the product). For whatever reason my simple brain cannot grasp the color wheel or what happens if you have green and you add graphite to it! So rather than trying to figure it out I just thought I’d try it and if it turned out horrible I’d just have to find time to make new covers.
Well H-E-L-L-O lovelies…
So apparently green and grey make navy blue, FABULOUS!!! The picture shows them lighter than they actually are, which is a very dark navy almost black out of the light, so I actually got lucky twice!
I washed them in cold water after I dyed them (using no detergent) and hung them to dry. They were a tad snug to get back on the foam, but everything fit back in just fine. I think that’s pretty awesome for a $5 bottle of dye don’t you!?
I’m not 100% sure where they will go, I’m think our new master closet for now or maybe the master bedroom. I really don’t care where they go as long as I get to see them everyday!
So be sure to check your local Craig’s List, you’ll never know what treasures you might find!
As always thanks for stopping by…
Until next time!
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I cannot get over that you DYED these! Definitely need to try that! They are AWESOME!
Thanks so much Julie! I did have to dye them on the stovetop, which kind of freaked me out, but I just dyed one cushion at a time for the same amount of time (like 5 minutes) and was really careful about splashing. The pictures don’t do them justice at all, they look brand new and that’s pretty awesome for cushion covers that are older then me!
Okay, I am WAY behind on my blogging life and just saw your post on those chairs. A-MAZ-ING!!!! You were so smart to snatch them up! And how great that you dyed them. So smart!!!
Thanks so much, I’m happy the dye job worked and even better that the color is spot on!