Vintage Library Chairs.

I’m smitten with my vintage tulip table that I recently acquired from a Vintage shop.

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 While I’m still in the process of planning out the re-finishing process I’m already on to what kind of chairs to pair the table with.

Our current table is traditional wood farm house table (still for sale by the way) which I paired with some very modern white chairs.

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I love the mix of traditional and modern.  My style tends to be eclectic (although I hate that term.  I once saw a space filled with 80’s neon and traditional furniture which they called “eclectic”.  The space was so awful that it ruined the”eclectic” term for me forever).  Anyhow, I love the juxtaposition of different styles, colors and finishes coming together…eclectic.

This time I have my eye on some vintage library wood chairs.

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 To say I’m on the “hunt” is putting it mildly.  I am O-B-S-E-S-S-E-D with these chairs.  I kid you not, I’ve actually dreamed about them twice in the last 2 weeks.  Our neighborhood elementary school has them sitting in the foyer and I swoon over them every time I’m at the school.  Every time I’m at the school I profess my love for them to which I get the strangest looks, as I should, but I know would be the perfect pairing to my tulip table.

I’ve searched high and low for 5 of these babies.  Etsy and Ebay have a few in the $250. range EACH.  I could buy them new but then what’s the fun in that?  The worn arms and faded seats have a story and give them character (like lots of naughty children waiting to see the principal kind of character).

The law of attraction brought me to a Barnes and Noble bookstore the other day while I was waiting for my sons soccer practice.  I turned from the magazines and behold…

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A whole row of these vintage beauties.  My heart began to palpitate. I immediately took out my camera and shamelessly snapped a picture (the poor guy at the end of the row obviously thought I was crazy).  After that I made a B-line to the manager and nonchalantly asked how I could get my hands on some of those chairs.  After a lecture on how those chairs came from the early 1900’s and how lucky the store was to have inherited them that conversation came up fruitless.   So now it’s back to the drawing board.  In the meantime here’s some pretty tulip table / wood dining chair pairings that I’ll be swooning over…

 

Anyone got a few vintage library chairs kicking around that they’d like to sell?

Don’t forget to enter our giveaway for a $100. gift card to ACE Hardware here.

Seasonal maintenance + ACE card giveaway.

I am part of the ACE Hardware blogging panel which sponsored this post and product. 

A few weeks ago I announced my joining the ACE blogger team. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work with them.  I’ve always felt that ACE has the mom-and-pop shop feel which has gone by the way side.  Every time I walk in I’m always greeted by someone eager to help and walk me to where I need to be.  No wandering through a store trying to figure out where things are and what they’re used for.  Quality products + helpful employees.  Fist bump ACE!

Today I get to kick off my first ACE sponsored project.  Our task this month was to complete a project centered around weatherizing your home.  I decided it was high time to give some attention to all the wood trim on the exterior of our home.  As the temperatures fluctuate from season to season the wood on your home expands and contracts.  Unfortunately it can leave your once perfect seams and joints separated.  Three years ago we updated the front exterior of our home by adding a column and siding to the bay window.

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Everything was perfectly built, caulked, sealed and painted at that time.
Fast forward to 2015 you can see just how much damage changing temperatures and a little bit of seasonal weather has caused…

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The wood trim has come apart everywhere on the house.  Our house has started to venture in to the frumpy zone.

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The cracks around our new windows has also allowed air to come in making it not very energy efficient.

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Another problem we’ve encountered is nesting insects.

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While inspecting all the cracked and separated trim we found that bees had begun to make a hive under a section of hollow trim.
Suffice it to say there was an “Oh he$@ no!” uttered.

Fortunately, repairing separating trim is really not that difficult with a few simple steps.

Repair and recaulk wood trim

1. Cut as much existing caulk away as possible.  This can be done with a utility knife.
2. Remove any other debris and dirt from the area.
3. Sand all flaking paint and uneven surfaces.  Wipe and clean well.
(Use caution when sanding paint that may have been applied prior to 1978 as it may be lead based and can cause very serious health problems).
4. Using some exteirior caulk apply a bead down the cracked surface.
5. I picked up some Dap Clear Caulk at my local ACE Hardware.  You can also use white or paintable caulk depending on your surface.
6.  I use my wet finger to smooth down the caulk in to the crack which makes a tight seal.  After it has dried, reapply if necessary so there are no other cracks.
7.  Once the caulk as dried you can paint.
“Caulk and paint make a carpenter what he ain’t”.

Re-caulking around windows is especially important.

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Brand new windows don’t make that big of a difference if they aren’t sealed properly around the frame.

After seeing just how much the wood trim has separated we’ve now officially added this task to our spring and fall yearly maintenance list.

ACE Hardware wants help you weatherize your home by giving one lucky reader a $100.00 gift card to their store.

This giveaway has closed.  Congratulations to Cindy Kreb, winner of the giftcard!

My New Saarinen.

One of my most amazing furniture acquisitions while we were in Tucson was this beautiful farm table.

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When I found it on Craigslist it was in rough shape. After my own refinishing attempts, sweet Natalie from Natty by Design got her hands on it and brought it back to life. It’s magnificent in every way…one solid piece, thick chunky legs, hand-crafted, two drawers, heavy as all get-out…it’s a real gem.

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Unfortunately, it just doesn’t fit our current dining space well like it did in our Arizona home. It’s just a tad too big. Instead of using it as a dining table it’s mostly a collection table for homework, backpacks, bills, etc.

The other day I was browsing a local antique furniture store and came across this vintage Saarinen table. I’ve wanted a real-deal tulip table for years.  It’s a modern classic.  Despite the fact that the base and table top had been sprayed with a primer only and it was in rough shape it was love at first sight.

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The edges of the table are hammered which is fine because it’s a tad too big anyway.

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I need to find someone who can shave a few inches off without hacking it up.  If I had my druthers I would have the metal base powder coated and find a white Calacatta marble top.  By the time I’m done with it I may have ended up investing the same amount of money it would cost to buy an actual Knoll Saarinen table.  However, there’s something deeply satisfying about putting your own signature on a piece.  It’s the knowing that yours is totally unique and something no one else has because you put your own sweat and tears into making it beautiful.
(That’s what I tell myself at least when I add up the receipts in the end).

In the meantime, it’s sitting on our back patio while I research the best way to refinish it.
Oh, and our farm house table is for sale.
Dimensions: 7 feet long x 40 inches wide x 31 inches tall
Price: $550.
Located in Sandy, Utah.
email: smhinckley(at)yahoo(dot)com
Please buy it so I can get to work on the Saarinen.