I think one of the reasons I love old stuff so much is from spending so much time in my Grandma's house growing up. Her house was full of beautiful old furniture that had been a part of her family for much much longer than I could ever remember. Other than a couple recliners (they're actually pretty comfortable - haha), the furniture never changed. She had a house full of it and there was no need for more or less.
Well, I may be changing the furniture in my house all the time, but I do find myself gravitating towards pieces that remind me of her house. And since she passed away seven short years ago (it seriously feels like I just saw her last week and oh shoot, I made myself tear up writing this.)
Anyway, it came as no surprise that when I saw these adorable children's
chairs at the Restore, I had to have them. Even if Ruby was showing no
interest in them (she was finding the bigger chairs more appealing) and I
had no idea the cost (can you believe I got three chairs for $9 total!).
After my little schoolhouse photo shoot (that's our dining room wall painted in chalkboard paint), I snapped a photo of the maker's mark. I did some quick googling on this when I got them a couple weeks ago and found that Hammett's was originally opened in 1863 (by J.L. Hammett) as a small educational supply store in Rhode Island.
Oh course, I have no idea how old these chairs are but perhaps the assembly of them could give a furniture expert some insight.
Looks pretty sturdy doesn't it? I don't know that they make furniture this steady anymore or at least this heavy duty.
It certainly beat this chair that I made for Ruby (it was my very first project with wood and I did it by myself while a few months pregnant with Archer) which has bowed legs and about a thousand screws in it. We did end up cutting the extra on the tops off but I never actually gave it a good sanding or paint.
So not only is this new/old chair from the Restore better made (they're actually really sturdy), but it really looks so much nicer (you know I love the old vintage-y look) and they were actually cheaper and less time-consuming as the chair that I made.
It has little indents on the seat instead of a flat hard surface and have even been repaired in a few places (between the three chairs) which I love because it shows that someone cared for these chairs.
I'm moving the chairs up to Ruby's room for now. We're slowly working on making both her and Archer's rooms more functional so maybe I'll have something on those rooms in the future.
Any weekend thrifting going on? I actually picked up a dresser this weekend that has found a perfect home in our house and should have pictures on that soon. Any other DIYing projects going on. Aaron and I feel that our house taking two steps forward and one step backward all the time. All the DIY projects are awesome but we've also got to continue working on tackling the clutter and get organized.