Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Thrifted: Mid-Century Cane-arm Chair

Years ago, my grandparents bought a chair at an antique auction.  As soon as I sat in it, I knew I wanted one!  It was the most comfortable and elegant chair I've ever sat in.  I have seen a few come and go on kijiji, but I've never been quick enough to snag the ones that were in my price range.

Until a few weeks ago.  I saw this chair come up, and emailed within twenty minutes of the time the ad was posted.  I didn't care about the colour or condition of the upholstery, but wanted to make sure the caning wasn't damaged.  Upholstery I can replace, but I'm not ready to learn caning!  Lucky for me, the chair was in my price range, in excellent condition, and even the light teal-ish colour was perfect.  When I picked up the chair, the sellers also offed two middle-eastern carved tables (one with an ivory inlay, the other with a wood inlay), so I got those too.  They're similar to one that sits on my mother-in-law's front porch that I was admiring this summer.

As soon as I put the chair in  its place, my living room was suddenly more sophisticated.  There's something about an accent chair that just has that effect.  And since I am short of room, and saving up for a decent rug, I decided to sell the little green and brown 1950s chair.  I'm sad to see it go!  But we already have a few too many pieces of furniture (every family of four needs eight wooden dining chairs, two benches, and four folding chairs, right?).  So if all goes well, it will be picked up tomorrow, and my rug fund will be that much bigger!

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