Welcome to an extra special edition of Trashy Tuesday. Not only do you get to see the windfall of “junque” I picked up last week, I am announcing the winner of the Ugly Chair Comment Contest!
Wow! You readers had so many amazing ideas! I was floored at the depth of creativity you shared, and I am filing many of these ideas away for use on the many other chairs I have in my stash that I would like to do something with besides have them be another side chair.
Meet the judges:
Kelly of Eclectically Vintage, Shannon of Fox Hollow Cottage, Cassie of Primitive and Proper , Bliss from Bliss Ranch and Karah from the Space Between.
The judges had a hard time coming up with their top picks, but one comment definitely got the most votes. Le Winner of the comment contest is Sharon From Elizabeth and Company!!! I can’t think of a more deserving person. Sharon is one of the sweetest bloggers. To make the contest fair, I had my panel of judges not look at the names and gave them only the comments with a number. Everyone had some very different opinions on their top picks, but Sharon got the most votes.
Congratulations Sharon! Let me know what you would like your hand painted sign to say, and which CeCe Caldwell’s color(s) you would like it painted in.
Here is what Sharon Said:
Sometimes it’s just hard to see beyond the brown. I actually think they could be really pretty in white with a great fabric. They would take on a more cottage feel. But I also think they’d be kind of cool put together to make an awesome bench. You are a girl who can work magic. I know they will end up being totally awesome!
I think when all is said and done, sometimes you have to go white and add some pops of color for the fun.
Here are few others that rose to the top:
Carla Stanley said:
Paint them yellow or red and add tie on slip covers to the backs as well as the seats made out of kitschy tea towel type fabric. Maybe cherries or pears. Give them a retro vibe. With all that color, the ugly will disappear.
This is a cute idea!
And from Venus Cruz:
I like these chairs. As said before…..they remind me of wood thread spools. Which I do a lot of sewing, so they are right up my ally. Being I like rustic farm look, I would paint white, then put some dark walnut stain, lightly on them, make them look rustic, not a solid color of white. Change out the seat for some dark leather, or burlap looking material and paint solid black numbers on the top piece of wood, either on the front or back………hope to see what you decide to do with them. Enjoy the process.
I think the most original idea came from Stephanie:
If there’s one thing I’ve learned about design and furniture, it’s that beauty and “good” design truly lies in the eye of the beholder! And, it’s all subjective. So, with that being said, if these chairs were mine, I agree that the spindle design resembles bones…at least, in its current state. But, I think the form of the chair can be worked with, and you did mention that the chairs are solid. I’d make them over to be used on a covered porch or in a sunroom. So, here’s what I would do to totally make over these chairs: I would start by wrapping the frame, top to bottom, with 3-ply brown rope (manila, jute, or sisal). I’d apply glue first, in 6-inch sections, and coil over the glue as you go. The center section (with 3 spindles) is a perfect place to do some weaving with the rope…to make it look more like a solid panel, and give a little bit of interest. I don’t know what the seat looks like below the cushion, but I would probably remove the cushions, drill holes and add rope supports across the seat bottom opening (the way antique chairs used to be made), and get some bright, fun-patterned outdoor fabric and make seat cushions with ties at the rear corners, to attach to the frame in back. I can see these paired with a weathered wood table…And, yes, it would take a lot of rope, but the end result (I think) would be fabulous! Good luck, and thanks for the contest!
Merci, Merci, Merci to all who chimed in. I have the most creative bunch of readers!
Now, let’s talk trash. Last week, I think the Junque Skies opened and poured out trash like never before, and my garage and side yard are living testament to this fact! (pictures next week, with a BIG announcement too).
Speaking of BIG, this was a Craigslist Free, curbside pick up. It will make a cool bookshelf type thingy:
I picked this hutch up not for it’s lovely decorative detail, but for the parts! I am taking parts of it apart for other projects. I learned this from my these cool ladies, Catherine at Freddy and Petunia and Kristy at For the Love of Wood. They let nothing go to waste!
I found these bookshelves while I was cruising behind stores. I think I just want the hardware and cabinet doors, but I brought them all home, just in case….
I also found these. I am highly allergic to cats, (actually I strongly dislike them….I know, don’t hate me!) But these kittens were cute I found an old couch at one of my check in points:
I also was the lucky recipient of a bunch of really good free stuff from my client Dana Moran Photography!
A small bookshelf, a cute little chandelier and a nice picture frame. I LOVE free stuff!!!!
I am posting twice today. (A rare thing for moi). I have received so many questions regarding the best places to get my trash, that I decided to do a Part Tres on this issue. It was too much for one post. So check for the companion guide!