Too cool for school A new chair for our dining-room-repurposed-as-library

I’ve shared before that I have a little problem.

garage sale chair

I know some of you have it, too.

thissortaoldlife retro metal chair

We’ve never met a chair we didn’t want to rescue.

mid-century sitting chair

We know that with just a little love (and paint or stain and fabric), every chair could be a thing of functional beauty.

living room chairs

So, how many chair make-overs do I have to my credit?

This (sorta) Old Life: Chair Makeovers

That’s right: 0.

Zip. Zilch. Nada.

As Cane confessed recently, we’re great starters, but not great finishers. Most chair projects I’ve imagined have never gone beyond the dreaming/designing stage.

I do have one I’ve done actual work on, but it’s been put on hold.

thissortaoldlife chair arm before after

After my recent incident with a paint roller, Cane and I agreed to focus only on the bathroom and house painting until we get those done.  All other old projects on hold, and we’re especially firm on this:

No new projects!

So, last week, when we saw a chair that would be perfect for an empty corner of our library…

thissortaoldlife desk chair looking down

…the only reason she came home with us is that she didn’t need one tiny lick of work!

In case you’re new here and think we live in a very grand house–to have a library and all–we don’t.

We live in a 70s split-level, and we’ve repurposed our dining room into a library. We read (and do puzzles and art projects and homework) way more than we  have dinner parties, so we decided to forgo the formal dining room.

This (sorta) Old Life:  Library room table

We got all kinds of crafty here last Christmas.

We love our big leaning bookshelf, which we got from our local Borders store last year when it was going out of business.

This (sorta) Old Life:  Library bookcase

We love our library table (also from Borders), where we work (and occasionally eat, if it’s a quiet meal for just Cane and me).

This (sorta) Old Life:  Library table

We also like our collection of thrift store art, much of which we display here.

This (sorta) Old Life:  Vintage painting

But our library had an empty corner.

thissortaoldlife library with empty corner

And then, out and about taking care of some business on Friday, we saw our chair:

This (sorta) Old Life:  Vintage school-desk style chair

For only $24.

This (sorta) Old Life:  Vintage school-desk chair back view

She’s gold and orange (two of our favorites), and you can’t get much more 70’s than faux-wood laminate:

This (sorta) Old Life: Vintage school desk chair with laminate desktop

She is clean. She is comfy. She has no tears or damage of any kind.

This (sorta) Old Life:  Vintage school-desk style chair, side view

She is old-school cool–but we think she’s too cool to have ever been in a school. (Our tushes have never sat on such cushy seats in a classroom!)

This (sorta) Old Life:  Vintage school-desk style chair, cushion

And she fills that empty space perfectly.

This (sorta) Old Life:  Library corner with vintage school-desk chair

See the difference?

This (sorta) Old Life:  Library corner before and after

It was such a nice surprise to find something that meets all our current criteria for things coming into our home:

1. We have a place for it.

2. It’s well-made, preferably thrift/vintage.

3. It’s got a thrifty price tag.

4. It doesn’t need any work.

5. We love it.

We think she gets along just swell with the “cowboy footstool” we pulled in from the living room:

This (sorta) Old Life:  Library footstool

Why does Cane call this the “cowboy footstool”? I don’t know, but the name has stuck.

And she doesn’t fight with the white chair in the opposite corner.

This (sorta) Old Life:  Library with white reading chair

We think the cowboy on the wall approves.

This (sorta) Old Life:  Vintage cowboy painting

This (sorta) Old Life:  Dining room repurposed into library

How about you?

Ever repurpose a whole room? Kept a house renovation resolution for more than a day?  Found a vintage item that needed no work? We’d love to hear all about it…

We’ll be sharing our lovely find in our favorite thrift-sharing places:

Her Library Adventures, Southern HospitalitySimple Design’s Share Your Thrift Haul.