So, I have this chair…  It’s my desk chair.  I sit in it all the time.  I write Pursuing Vintage while sitting in the chair.  I check emails.  I pay bills.  It is “the chair”.

I bought this chair a long time ago.  I found it in a thrift shop, and just loved the look of it. For a long time it sat in the corner of my bedroom as a landing spot for random clothes and purses.  When I started redoing the first floor of our home, I looked at that chair and thought it would look great as my desk chair.  And, it is faux bamboo, which I love!  And barrel chairs are really comfortable – have you ever sat in one??

Now, this was years ago, so you have to laugh along with me and not judge too harshly.  I made a new cushion for the chair.  With my minimal sewing skills.  I cut out a piece of foam the right shape, and made a little paper pattern and cut out the fabric for the cover.  I even sewed in my first zipper!

… and then I realized that I put the zipper on the wrong side of the cushion.  Of course I had meant to put the zipper on the back part of the cushion. Instead, it ended up in front.  (Clearly I wasn’t paying attention to which way the cushion would sit in the chair).

This is what my little chair looks like today.

Faux Bamboo Caned Barrel Chair Before

How embarrassing is this??!  Can you see the fabric falling off the bottom of the chair?  And the zipper ripping off the *front* of the cushion?  And the fabric fraying?  I could go on.  But you can see it all here.

So, I’m searching for inspiration for this poor little chair.  Let’s start here:


(via I Suwannee) — I absolutely love the contrast of the bright pink with the black and white chevron.  These chairs are statement pieces!


(via Pinterest) I feel like I couldn’t go wrong with painting the chair black.  And this Chinoiserie fabric is so pretty, especially with the trim.


(via Circa Who) I could keep the wood of the chair natural and just do a funky fabric, like these.


(via Circa Who) The metallic silver is fun – and I like the edginess of the houndstooth print.


(via Circa Who) The blue color is so fun and bold!



(via One Kings Lane) I think this is my favorite – metallic gold.  I think fabric choice will be key, and I like how this fabric complements the chair color and doesn’t overpower it.

What are your ideas for this chair?  It really needs help!  Let’s give it a makeover!


Repro Thursday

Who doesn’t love a Louis Chair?  Today’s vintage-inspired piece can be found at Restoration Hardware.  Here is the Vintage French Cane Back Chair.

Restoration Hardware


It comes in a variety of finishes, and there is an armchair version.

Restoration Hardware


I think the chair is pretty – I mean you can’t go wrong with these lines.  Though, I personally wish they didn’t give it a fake “rough vintage look”.  I think it would look better cleanly stained or painted.  But I really like the caning on the back, and the wood has a lot of detail.

What do you think?  If you were looking for Louis chairs would you consider these?




Back from Chicago and right back to work!  Had a great time – my boys were totally spoiled by family… now back to the real world for all of us!

If you missed Pursuing Vintage yesterday, please check out yesterday’s post about the Calling it Home One Room Challenge.  I’ll be a linking participant – and it’s not too late for you to participate, too!


Now for today’s Featured Find……. a fun set of Thonet/Hoffman style “Prague” chairs.

Thonet Prague Chairs

I have two armchairs and four side chairs.  Let’s take a closer look!

Thonet Prague Side Chairs

Thonet Prague Armchairs

This set is made in Poland by FMG.  I don’t know an exact age, but I do know they are vintage, and have been around the block a few times.  I think they still have a lot of life left in them, though!

The finish on them is worn.  Two of the side chairs seem to be more worn than the others — one has some sagging caning and there seems to be a bit of splitting in the bentwood on the back.  They all have wear to the feet.  The previous owner had rubber stoppers on the feet, and when I took them off it looked like someone had tried to rebuild the feet, in a way.  This is not on all of them.  I would recommend refinishing these or painting.  The great news is that the caning is in really good condition, and the chairs are sturdy.

Here are some close-ups:


A close up of the wear to the finish.


Underneath the chair – nice craftsmanship.


Made in Poland.


Close up of one of the feet that was “rebuilt”.  Not all chairs have this.  I don’t want to pick at it to see what is underneath – if you wanted to paint it, you could paint right over it.

Let’s take a look at these chairs and how you could use them:

Pinterest search

Cute as a desk chair.


I like the contrast of the natural wood chairs with the white tulip table.  Also, nice use of mixed chairs (although all Thonet).


Sofia Coppola’s house via My First Little Place

So pretty around a dining table!

Pinterest search

You could upholster the seat if you’re not a fan of the caning.


Cute painted black (or get funky with another color!).

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