Beach Cottage Vintage Furniture ~ Vintage French Cafe Chairs
Thu 24th, Nov, 2011
Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate, enjoy!
Wanna come on in and see my amazing thrifted find. Do you think I did the happy thrifters dance? Oh yeah baby!
Are you gurrreen with envy for my vintage French cafe chairs? I bloomin’ hope you are because I am about jumping around in this old cottage.
This my friends is the ultimate in thrifting for vintage treasure, the quintessential virtual treasure hunt….you know why? Because I didn’t even find it, Beach Cottage readers did and emailed / facebooked me about them. The power of the internet. As you know I love me some vintage treasure hunting for old and coastal things (find more here) and I love to mix old vintage furniture with white, pops of colour & some modern stuff from IKEA and the like….but this was an interesting one…
So, if you are in Australia, you might well read the word ‘French’ and the word ‘vintage furniture’ in the same sentence and what will ensue is a horrid little shudder that will make your bones rattle and dollar signs will pop up in front of your eyes….oh for the days when France was a one and a half hour trip for me and lunch in France was not a dream, but a reality.
Anyhoo, if you are on the other side of the world going a leetle bit Frenchie is, as the Aussie’s say, very exxie. And what is worse, along with that, is Frenchie is a bit snooty too…you know those kinda boutiques where they like to look down their nose at you while they float around in natural linen not selling anything? …that will be the ones.
I have been after some of these french cafe chairs for ages, and I was determined 1. to find them vintage furniture treasure hunting and not bought from a boutique and 2. not to buy reproductions. I must admit I very nearly caved at number 2 recently when I saw reproductions (sorry can’t remember where) that were pretty nice.
Anyway when I happened to mention on this here blog that the front deck was looking in need of some French cafe chairs, 2 readers messaged me, Rowena and Fiona (of this lovely little blog here), knowing exactly where I could get some thank-you-very-much.
I didn’t waste any time…best thing about these for me is that they were not restored, nor fixed up or painted in some lurid colour…no, I wanted these rustic and rusty, shabby & peely.
That is not to say that I won’t be working on them…I will be painting them…though I will almost certainly only paint some of them…for a mis-matched look, and almost certainly I will only white-wash them to give them a ‘wash’ rather than trying to cover up their rustic side….I’ve seen some where they have been painted and ‘restored’…that’s not the look I am going for.
Anyway…I have now added to the long list of things to paint….
1 front door,
1 deck surround,
1 set of deck steps,
1 summer house interior,
1 set of summer house doors,
1 summer house exterior,
8 French cafe chairs
…and the list goes on and on
And so now, when I go to the paint shop for door paint errrm I will also be looking for some milky pale eggshell for some of these…thinking perhaps a different shade of ice-cream, beachy, coastal, nautical for each one?
I hesitate to ask you your opinion on here this week again for paint colours, though you really really helped with the front door decision….but feel free to let me know your opinion on these, if indeed you have one…
OK, over and out from your local paint studio…I have been reading some really interesting blog tips this week around the blogosphere…like real ones…not ones from those professional blogging sites that do not make any sense when you are sitting there reading them with a house full of chaos in your pjs with a cup of tea…really interesting, the penny dropped with me on a few things…it’s only taken me a few years…so I am writing a few of mine too…
Oh and yes tomorrow I will share the first Christmas homemade gift crafty thing that I have done…
And according to the Beach Cottage Facebook girls, who I polled today on whether you want the Beach Cottage Annual Trip to IKEA post…you very much do….so I will be back with that soon too…phew
See ya around beach babes
oh and ooooops can you vote for me again! I really don’t want to come last ‘cos this event is causing me some serious frock stress haha…