Thursday, May 13, 2010

thonet chairs

I haven't painted the hutch yet but I have already bought more items to paint! I found six vintage (1943) Thonet style chairs at the same antique store I mocked in this post. I still feel that antique stores are over priced but you can get lucky every now and then. And boy did I get lucky this time! I got the chairs for $25 each for a total of $150 (marked down from $240 so they wouldn't go any cheaper, I did ask though!). I don't usually spend that kind of money but I fell in love with the chairs and they are all in great condition.

Here are some inspiration photos via google (sorry I don't remember the sources):




I am painting my chairs yellow. I finished one a few minutes ago:

I love it! My sister-in-law and brother-in-law painted their dining room chairs (see them here). They are smart though, instead of using spray paint they used an air compressor paint sprayer. I might beg him to let me borrow it. I could save so much time and money!

Update: I just talked to Michael. He likes the chair but he thinks I have a yellow obsession and wants to have an intervention! :) He suggests we have a rainbow assortment of chairs. I am open to the idea but I am afraid that it would look too crazy. Thoughts??

29 comments:

Steph said...

Oh Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. And frankly, you couldn't have picked a better color than yellow. You'll have some cheerful chairs!

Grace said...

Rainbow rainbow rainbow! My friends had different color chairs at their dining room table and it was wonderful.

granma and papa said...

I really like those chairs! We NEVER find anything cool like those in Vegas:( I like the yellow and am a little more than unsure about the rainbow colors. Michael is right on the intervention, there ARE other colors in the crayon box, Erin! Wish I could tell you in words how much I love you!

Kalleen at Second Street said...

I love your new chairs. I love the yellow and would vote for all yellow. I totally understand trying to make the husband happy to though. I would be too scared to to paint them all a different color.
Maybe you could do four yellow and two another color. Good Luck!

Christine said...

Ooooh! LOVE your chair! I like yellow quite a bit myself but I think your hubby may be on to something with using different colors. Maybe instead of the entire rainbow with each chair a different color you could choose two other colors and do two chairs in each color? I love the green in your example pictures above! And the pumpkin orange is cool too! Good luck! I'm sure they'll turn out fantastic! Please post pictures when you've finished them!
Sincerely,
Christine aka The Stampin' Ninja

Vintage Dutch Girl said...

Sorry Michael, I too am loving the yellow :) Besides, if you have different colors the kiddos will be fighting over the red , orange, pink, blue and green chairs all the time :)

Chris said...

What color would you consider doing? What color is the hutch and table? That would help me picture things better.

jen said...

I'm partial to all yellow. Or maybe like the poster said above, 4 yellow and 2 of another color. I love the shape! And even though Michael thinks you're yellow obsessed, you don't really have tons of color in your house. I don't think 6 yellow chairs would be overboard.

Robin said...

Hey, I'm new to your blog and I love it! I also LOVE LOVE LOVE the color yellow. But I guess if you need come up with a compromise between you and your husband, you could maybe pick yellow and one or two other colors to mix it up a bit and not have to do a whole rainbow of colors. Good luck!

merathon said...

silly michael. it's not like you have yellow walls or a yellow couch and a yellow rug. . . i like the yellow chairs, but the idea of 4 yellow and 2 of another color could be nice.

Go Greeno said...

RAINBOW!!! Do you follow sewliberated.typepad? Her rainbow chairs are precious :) I have the opposite problem...I would LOVE rainbow chairs but hubby tends to be a little conservative. <3Ashley

Kim said...

Cool chairs! The yellow makes me smile. So cheerful. I'm not feeling the rainbow idea. Sorry Michael.

lauren. said...

take some inspiration from picture #4. instead of a traditional rainbow, throw some black, white, &/or gray in there to make it seem less roy g. biv.

i'm so jealous of this find. wish i had them!

Sara said...

I love the yellow. Maybe you mix it up half and half with one other color, like a pale gray.

Kristi said...

Lucky find! I think that they will be adorable. I maybe wouldn't do rainbow, but a few colors thrown in like your last inspiration photo may not be a bad idea.

abby @ tales and trials said...

So I am pretty sure you have the best thrift/antique stores in your area. Love your new yellow chairs!

Steph said...

I love love love the multicolor idea. Planning to do it *someday*. :)

Check out this link for another rainbow chair idea: http://www.allthingsthrifty.com/2010/04/parade-of-homes-sponsored-by-poppies-at.html

Scroll down for the dining room

icandy... said...

What an fun place, love the ideas!
ox
Christina

Becca said...

I think you should paint them with zebra stripes and leopard spots to match your .... oh wait. ;) Can't wait to see how they turn out, love.

standingquietintherain said...

Definitely multi-colors. I suppose it really depends on the room, but I love the way it looks when chairs are different. Then everybody gets to choose their favorite for dinnertime. ;-)

I can never decide on a color or a pattern, so I've grown to love the mismatch look. I never buy more than 2 of the same plates, bowls, glasses, even silverware. There are so many awesome patterns out there--who can pick just one style and go with it every night?

Megan @ Megity's Handmade said...

I love it all! I think that you have the best store ever! I can rarely find anything interesting in my thrift store. I really like the yellow, but I'm in the middle of putting yellow everywhere in my house. I just spray painted a box last night yellow and it's a little bit school bus yellow. I'm debating getting another can of yellow paint. What color are you using on your chairs?

The Novas said...

check out design mom's post on her rocking chairs...they are all different colors and turned out pretty cool

Anonymous said...

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janimal said...

I think different colors are good if they are complimentary or neutral - otherwise you can end up with a dining area that looks like a Tex-Mex restaurant! So perhaps with the yellow you love, something neutral to let the yellow pop? Perhaps half the chairs in yellow, the other half in grey?

Thalia in Jamaica said...

HEy.
I like the yellow but I have to side with Michael on this. I think rainbow might be too extreme a term... but look at the not-too-garish assortment in pic #4. If you have 6 chairs, 3 colours will work in grown up colours (like teal and yellow and chocolate) rather than crayon kindergarden colours. What do y'all think?

Thalia in Jamaica

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Emelie said...

I went to a play of Cinderlla last week and they had these chairs as props! I'd have never given them a second thought if I hadn't read this post! I love your blog!

SwinkelsCakes said...

Hi, I actually just bought yellow spray paint to do my thonet chair. Did you spray paint the hardware or somehow tape it off?
Thanks!
swinkelscakes@gmail.com

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