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Vinyl green thrift chairs

Some of our weekend thrift haul

As if we don’t have a million other projects to wrap up, my chair fetish caused me drag in three more chairs this past weekend. I couldn’t pass them up. I love chairs. I love to “fix” them up. Here’s 2 chairs that we bought for under $3 each. I call these the “green tea” chairs because their color reminds me of brewed green tea. I think this shade only happens to old green things covered in tarry cigarette smoke. It’s one of my favorite colors. I really do like the damage that cigarette smoke does to furniture and paintings, haha. It’s like tea staining everything. So, yeah, these chairs are pretty darn grotty.

Does anyone know how to clean old vinyl furniture? These chairs are filthy. In the pic above, I have washed these chairs with Murphy Oil Soap twice. You would not believe how dirty the water has been both times. The pic is doing the chairs some favors. They are much dirtier in real life. Pen ink marks are on the mid-century modern chair. And the chairs are just so dirty. Any suggestions on what to use to clean these? I keep reading that people clean up these mid-century modern vinyl chairs with soap and water. That’s not really cutting it. I need your ancient vinyl cleaning secrets 🙂

I’ll scrub them again today with Murphy Oil Soap solution again and lots of elbow grease. I’m not really fretting because I like these chairs and I don’t go for perfection, I do like some imperfections.  And the price of these chairs were cheaper than 1 large green tea latte. I’m not losing much. I still need to clean up the wood, maybe coat the wood with Howard Wax to disguise visible scratches and add a nice sheen.

-Victoria

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Before I had this blog, I posted a picture of a little chair that I gave a makeover on my beauty and fragrance blog, eaumg.wordpress.com. Since I have a home related blog, I thought that it is appropriate to share the chair. I hope to use it in the boudoir of my new place.

-Victoria

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chartreuselivingroomThe only thing that is keeping me sane throughout this home purchasing process and the overwhelming reality of a major rehab home, is the decorating end of the deal. We’ve rented for so many years and have had many temporary placements. This means that our “touch” to the home has never really been there. That’s the bonus to owning the home, making it what you want. If I want to paint the doorways poppy orange at 1:00 on a Saturday morning; I can do that. That being said, the idea of decorating our home is what is keeping me sane but it is also very overwhelming to have a blank canvas. I’ve created a “look book” for myself to keep it all together and to keep my eye on the prize.

So, I’m back to the chairs. Through the many years of renting, I have grown to love thrift store chairs. They are cheap and that is how we’ve added color and personality to the home. I have so many dinky little chairs around. I love them. Lately, I have been revisiting my love of chartreuse chairs. They are so bold but not diva. I love the living room above. It’s dark, but still fun. (I also have many gaudy mirrors that have been spray painted as well). I wouldn’t mind this color combo for a room like David’s studio, sans the blue fuzz. We’ve seen enough blue fuzz with the future house, it’s a sick shrine to Cookie Monster.

I also love this kind of Hollywood Regency dining room. First off I love the dining room being more than just for dining. The books add a nice touch. This is another room that is dark but made fun by the chairs. I don’t plan on going this dark in the house just because it is so disgusting right now that I need it to feel “clean” with lighter shades. It’s currently a very dark and disturbing place. But, I do plan on keeping my bold chairs to add a kick here and there. I would love the pairing of dark (like eggplant, espresso, smoke gray) and chartreuse for the exterior (we still haven’t decided on that and I’m sure you’ll hear about that on a different day). This color combo is so Cynthia’s pad, Priest’s white girlfriend, in Super Fly (1972). I love her apartment but I can’t find any stills of it on the entire world wide web.

-Victoria

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