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Arianrhod 
Posted: 08-Mar-2004, 05:23 PM
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My latest delima was my dining room chairs.
Four charming old harp backs, bought road side in Amish Country ,
by a dear freinds parents, over thirty years ago, all four for twenty five dollars..
Great turned legs, an easy to deal with size..
But, I was getting tired of the "Grammas House" look they had,,
Especialy after getting new Living room furniture..

Dining room chairs are DEAR I found out..
I had really wanted bent willow.. I found them , for six hundred dollars each ..
That was a bit rich for my blood .. yikes..
There were very few for under three hundred dollars each that I liked at all
I was spoiled by these well made older sturdy chairs...

We were shopping at a deep discount Home chain oneday,
I found four chair covers.. marked way down ..
Loved the fabric and colour, took them home, only to discover, the backs were not as high as the covers needed them to be..
BUT I loved the covers... so I thought of what I could do..

I went to JoAnn fabrics and got very stiff foam rubber in the height and width I needed.. pretty cool,, they cut this stuff with an electic knife,like you slice a roast.
You learn something new every day !

SO for about thirteen dollars a chair , I re did my dining room chairs,,
Here is how I did it ...


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Posted: 08-Mar-2004, 05:28 PM
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Since I don't know how to post more than one pic at a time...
Please bear with me..

I thought that was so easy !
I got to keep my chairs that I do love... and change the look of the entire room !
It went from Gettin a little bit cheesy Country..
to what I think was much more put together..

I hope you all share your ideas !
It really is amazing what you can do with not a lot of money , on FREE chairs !

Here is how the room looks now ..
Notice the chandelier, that was a Twenty dollar flea market find !


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Posted: 08-Mar-2004, 06:07 PM
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Wow.... well done, that woman!

I know JUST the shops to take you to when you get back to this side of the pond.

You will DROOL!
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Posted: 08-Mar-2004, 06:16 PM
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Your chairs look nice, Arianrhod! I'm glad to know that I'm not the only person who has a flea market chandelier hanging in the dining room! biggrin.gif I have some grapevine and grapes weaved thru mine. That way if we get hungry for grapes all we have to do is reach up and pick a few! biggrin.gif

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Posted: 08-Mar-2004, 06:19 PM
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I can't wait, we will shop our selves silly !

Maggie,
I do string things around mine for the differnt Holidays!
Holly ... and Easter Eggs.. stuff like that ...


Thanks for your kind words ladies !

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Posted: 09-Mar-2004, 09:47 AM
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Well done, Paula!!!
Is the bottom of the Chand. copper??? It looks like it in the photo.....

You ever make back to Cinci....and we'll hit the antique shops, and the are two HUGE flea markets with in an hour of downtown!! Huge.... really huge!!!!


There is this light I want to get for our hallway for the top of the stairwell. its a dome with a 'marble-esque' frosted glass with oak leaves and acorns around the frame which is flush with the ceiling.







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Posted: 09-Mar-2004, 02:18 PM
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Thankee *bow*

No the Chandelier is all brunished Nickel..
the thing I love best about it is , it has a down light..
and I have a "Beauty Pink" spot in it, thats what casts that colour...

Seeing that pic made me realise, I have to take that back down,
feed more cord into the ceiling.. and get matchin "fake" candles,
I am sure there is a name for those...that one REALLY WHITE one
sticks out like a sore thumb..

The guy I got that from, had six of them .. a friend of his called him from a Dumpster.. laugh.gif and said, come see these Chandeliers...
They had just been thrown away from a Funerial Home, and were in this dumpster.
He went and got them, they had all been freshly rewired too.. and took them home
He and his wife kept one, and both of their daughters wanted one too..
One sold at "The Meadows" a fancy smachy flea for 125 ...
I spotted it, it was the end of the day, at the Mom and Pop Flea I go to.. I said I have twenty dollars left, he took it !

I had been looking for something in a pewter tone for about a year..
I LOVE a bargin !

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Posted: 12-Mar-2004, 09:09 AM
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Cool stuff Paula, those chairs look real comfy. smile.gif But my kids would have them trashed in a few days. sad.gif

I'm glad you started this forum. With four kids and a dog who still likes to chew my furniture living in an old house that needs more work than I want to give it anymore, I had really let things slide. You know, why bother cleaning it's just gonna get dirty. wink.gif But you are inspiring me. However, I'd still rather be writing. Must pry myself off of the computer.....

The question I want to throw out there is about carpeting. After enduring four kids, two dogs, two cats, and uncountable bowls of cocoa puffs, glasses of milk and who knows what else, it really is time to replace the floor coverings.

We have an old house (by American standards, just a baby by the UK standards;) ) built post war, WWI that is. tongue.gif (1919) Anyway, it has beautiful thick oak woodwork I refinished when we moved in. I love wood. Unfortunately they skimped on the floors and they are pine, not oak. We've gone with the 'hardwood' look in the dining room anyway with a braided rug. But the floor can't hold up to the strain and it is being gouged by our computer chair. Since a new floor and floor coverings is out of the question, we're looking at carpeting the living room, dining room, stairs and hall. (there is a question coming, promise)

I have to explain the house is small for the six of us, so every room is loaded with necessary furniture.

However, regardless of the wisdom of light colors make space, I have my heart set on painting the dining room, hall and stairwell a deep, rich dark raspberry.

So, here's the question - finally! What color carpeting should I go with? Hubby likes something with a pile, so the Berbers etc are out. But would something solid, or textured look better. I like grays. My kids want something else. Remember I have animal hair and kid schmeg to deal with and I'm not the type to vacuum daily. rolleyes.gif

Oh, decorating divas - help me!

Next time I'll post my window treatment question. laugh.gif




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Posted: 13-Mar-2004, 12:04 AM
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Elspeth..
I've seen colours expand a room, as much as white does..
I love the rasberry idea!

I am sort if in the same boat atm...
they put some cheap carpet in this house, just for selling it ..
it is terrible, everything stains, and I hate the dirt it shows..

I had never bought carpet in my life ..
the choices are boggeling ...
I wanted "hardwoods" but my floors too are pine..
thats fine in the bedrooms.. but Blue would ruin them downstairs,
By the time she runs up the steps, shes sort of settled a bit ..

I looked and looked at carpet..
the more I looked, the more of a dirt sponge I saw it as..
I am going to go with a laminate.. that looks like hard wood..
After pricing carpet, looking at re doing the floors, or laying new hardwoods..
this was the best option , for me at least...
Some are better than others, in look and preformance..
I have seen the kind I want installed in homes.. and a friend of mine used it in his Salon.. it was just six years old, and looks just as good as the day HE installed it himself... he just used the home stuff, not the high traffic..
It won't scratch, won't burn, won't stain , the price is so close to wall to wall..
that part of the decison was easy ..and running a vacume or a swifter is the same to me ..so that was easy too ...

Lamimates are something you might want to look into also..
Just another choice !

http://www.extremefloors.com/hardwood/laminates/

http://www.pergo.com/SplashDefault.asp

http://www.romansinteriors.com/brucelaminate.html
this site has a room builder veiwer , so you can see the flooring with the colour walls you want !

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Cool. Thanks

But buy the time you buy a rug to go over the laminate, the cost is almost double isn't it? And I would need a rug. With all the noise in my house, it would be like an echo chamber. laugh.gif

I do love raspberry, and it looks so nice against warm, glowing wood. smile.gif

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Posted: 13-Mar-2004, 02:47 PM
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I found the "throw" style rug for the Living room, I wanted, at Lowes..
very well priced..

For the dining room I found a coir rug on sale...they are really pretty in expensive to begin with ... and almost industructable...
http://www.crateandbarrel.com/itemgroups/20785_0.asp

I also plan to put regular capet padding under the living room rug..
it cuts down on wear , and cold feet..

When I crunched the numbers.. I was still ahead of the game ..
I found the best price for the flooring on-line ,, and a local guy to do the install..
I are doing all the grunt work myself.. ripping out the old rug and tack strips..
that sort of thing, that saves cost too ..

Carpet is expenisve and has to be replaced.. this hopefully never will smile.gif
and I really love the low maintinace !

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Yeah, I love wood but hubby would never go for it. He likes plush carpeting under his tootsies. Our dining room is large 12 x 14 so rugs that size get pretty expensive for anything nice. Plus with the dog hair, cat hair and the dust four kids kick up as they fly through the house carpet is actually easier to keep looking nice. Maybe when the kids are older I can go to a hardwood look. Our house is also really poorly insulated, so the carpeting provides a practical function of warmth. See, I'm convinving myself. The dining room has always been the wood look and I know I will miss it, but at this time carpeting is the most practicle thing.

I looked today at Lowes smile.gif and found carpet that has an oatmeal effect, strands of other colors added to keep it from being so monochromatic. I think I like it. Have you seen that in houses?

Came home pschyed. I want to paint the diningroom Monday if I can convince hubby to cooperate and dig out all his painting gear for me. Men can be such cranks. rolleyes.gif

I needed to tear down the old wallpaper in the hall. If anyone needs old wallpaper torn down, just borrow my kids. They had a blast. Then they even got wet rags to get the stuck on places off. Now they're washing the walls. I got a goldmine here. biggrin.gif

I can't wait. I want to take a before and after picture of the dining room to post. Should have done that with the hall, but the wallpaper's already down. rolleyes.gif

Not sure what to do there. The walls in the hall and stairwell are really in bad shape, why we wallpapered in the first place. Maybe I should save myself the grief and just rewallpaper. There's a great store near here that sells seconds of wallpaper cheap. I've gotten great bargains there in the past. Hmm... decisions.

Oh, I also picked out a lineolium for the kitchen.

See what you started Paula!
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Posted: 13-Mar-2004, 07:24 PM
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I think I have seen that carpet .. sort of a burber look ?
Every carpet person I talked to said that wore like iron!
If I was going to go with carpet.. I would have tried to work that into my budget...
That sounds like a nice netural for your razberry walls too !

Your children are more than welcome in my home..
My kitchen wall paper is next .. GAWD it's awful ..
Early Grammas Powder Room wink.gif

Bless their wee hearts for doing all that work , and they washed the walls ...
Treasures !!!!!!

Sorry Elspeth I am GLAD your ripping it up !
now I have someone to co misterate with !
Then --- celebratewith, and congratulate at the finish !
Ever think of sponging the walls in the stairwell??..
sounds like your kids could be a big help there too ,
might be a cool fun family project !

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I was actually looking at the sponge look today. It depends how nice hubby gets the walls. He used to work as a painter, so he knows how to do all this stuff, has the equiptment, but do you think I could get him to actually do it????

It's comforting to know others have to fight their guys in the redecorating department! I say we send them away for a week of golf and go it when their gone. Easier on everyone. cool.gif
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Posted: 13-Mar-2004, 09:06 PM
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I wonder if PBS would do a TV show on us..
going from home to home.
Helping other women just like ourselves,
with spring house projects...
The hitch would be.. everyone who got help..
had to come along to the next project.. and give a hand !
W00T! that would be FUN !
And we could call it , Without This old Spouse

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