Fantastic Flea Market Find — Writing Desk Chair

 

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Once a week I hope to share a flea-market find with you.  The hunt through flea-markets, rummage and garage sales, thrift stores and consignment shops is so much fun! Do you relish a really good thrift find, too?

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I enjoy decorating by mixing older with newer pieces together, and it’s hard to beat the prices of most second-hand furniture.

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The chair was at a church rummage sale I stumbled upon one morning while driving down an old dirt road. Of course I snapped it up. Actually, I think I flopped down on it to claim it before anyone else did. Not that there was a line-up or anything. It figured I didn’t have a dime on me either, so I asked this sweet lady to hold it until I returned from the bank. I think I scribbled my name in large letters on a piece of paper and asked her to tape it to the top.

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It’s not an antique, but it caught my eye. The olive green, velvet upholstery shows some wear, and that doesn’t bother me. The backrest curves forward with contrasting crewel and trim. I like stuff with a history, even if I’ll never know what that story is.

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The back legs curve and give it charm.

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It’s being used at small writing desk in a corner of our living room where the bills get paid, mail sorted and messages written sometimes. I thought about painting the legs off-white like I’ve seen designers do in DIY magazines to make old furniture look more modern, but changed my mind.

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The green has worked well in the living room until this past winter when I decided to change the wall color from cream to light gray.  One Friday night the mood struck and I whipped up a linen slipcover to go over it. (That’s what happens when it’s too cold to go anywhere.)

I plan to share with you how I made the slipcover right over the chair when my sewing machine was down.  Sometimes a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do to get the job done! Hope to post about that soon.

How about you…. have you found a great second-hand chair that you just had to have?

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4 Comments

  1. sage_brush says:

    My favorite find is a 1940’s sewing chest which sits on the floor. It expands as it opens into different compartments, and is solid, beautiful, burled maple. And even better – it was chock full of the previous owner’s sewing notions. Including some exquisite ribbons that you could never find nowadays. I use it to hold all my embroidery and hand sewing things.

    And I second the opinion that you not refinish or paint the legs.

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    • Sounds like a beautiful chest! I’ve seen burled maple before and it’s stunning AND heavy. You found a treasure for sure — 1940s, woot woot! Thank you for sharing. Oh, and I agree, I won’t paint the legs. 🙂

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