Vintage Cane Chair: Quick Makeover and a New Convo Area

Vintage Cane Chair Update

You should all know by now that I basically live at Salvation Army.  So it should be no surprise to you that I stalked these chairs, 5 of them to be exact-until they were marked down to my favorite percentage off—yes 75% off! I paid $30 buckaroos, for 5 vintage cane chairs.



Did I need 5 vintage cane chairs? No.  But I wanted two of them, so I craigslisted the other 3.  It’s so funny how those with creative minds can see far beyond, the ugly, the dirty, the sometimes wobbly or GREEN items at these thrift stores-I think that other people  just couldn’t get past the green on these chairs!

Vintage Cane Chair Update

Uh, Hello!!!  The 70’s called and they want there neon green fabric back!
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I’ve seen lots of these chairs pop up over blog land. I had originally planned on painting these–my fav Almond Cream Behr paint, but after googling vintage cane chairs, I found lots of different variations for finishes.


credit: Alchemy Fine Living—Really loving the white!

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credit: apartment therapy-Loving the red and black too!

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credit:  Small Burst
But, I ultimately decided to keep them au naturale (or with their original finish). I also just recovered the cushion with left over drop cloth from this chair redo.

Vintage Cane Chair Update





Now I’ve created a small conversation area in my living room. Please ignore my window treatments(I’m trying to make sense of this area right now, lol). Check out my table though, (it was a roadside treasure! it’s old and faded and the finish is peeling and I love it!)

Shall we call this fading and peeling patina?, yes we shall . . .


It’s leather topped with a beautiful design . . .





So, What do you think? should I paint them or keep them the way that they are?


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  1. Karen
    March 10, 2011 / 4:49 pm

    Wow you got a great deal, those chairs are fabulous.I like them in the natural wood but painted looks great too. I'm no help LOL. If you live with them a while you will get an answer, the space will tell you what it wants. That's what I do anyway…seems to work out okay.

  2. Brandi
    March 10, 2011 / 7:03 pm

    5 chairs for 30 bucks! Woo-hoo! You got an awesome deal Carli. The SA in my area is a little overpriced, they had furniture in there for $700. UNBELIEVABLE!!I really love the new look of your chairs. They look perfect with your table. They look nice with your pillows too.

  3. Small Burst
    March 12, 2011 / 7:03 pm

    these look fab. And 5 for $30-LOVE IT! We'll have these chairs for quite sometime. Just changing up the covering makes such a huge difference. BTW-Love your blog!

  4. AllieMakes!
    March 14, 2011 / 6:06 pm

    Looks Awesome! But why not that awesome vintage green fabric (LOL) Yea, it needed the love you gave it! Great job!

  5. Unknown
    February 19, 2016 / 5:05 pm

    Love the idea that you left the table in the "found" condition….sometimes these orphans just need to be loved as is….

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