So . . ., you've finally found the perfect place, lots of storage, nice size rooms, all the extra amenities. But, then you're told "no painting and no making holes in the walls"! You feel all your decorating plans going out the window. What can you do to make the space your own.

Well don't despair. There are many ways to get around the restrictions and limitations and I am here to share the ways I've overcome them over the past 18yrs.

I hope you enjoy my tips and will also share your own. I'll also be sharing some of my on going projects. Once again . . .

Barbe aka Bee

September 5, 2012

Italian Chairs - Yard Sale Jackpot!

This is the third time I've started this post!  Blogger image and design tools weren't working correctly.  So after a couple of days, I finally figured it out . . . too many apps on my browser! *_*

Anyway, on to my great yard sale jackpot!  Since it was so warm this entire holiday weekend, low to mid 90's, I figured there wouldn't be any yard sales this weekend!  Well, I was so wrong!  Okay, let me just say, I'm not usually one of those people who swing a u-turn on impulse; but this time I plead guilty! LOL!  You see, I was supposed to be going to the grocery story and return somethings at Ross!  I almost made it to the stop sign at the corner when I spotted these chairs.

So I "hooked-a-u-ee", as my sons used to say, and got out.  I was disappointed when I only saw 3 chairs and started to get back in the car.  But then I decided to ask the young man in charge and he was like, "Let me check inside."   Out he comes with a fourth chair, Yippee!!!   Not only did I find the dining chairs I've searched for the past year, but 2 other great finds also.  Please excuse the slightly blurry pics as my camera is having its own issues. lol  First the chairs:
 Aren't they beautiful!  They are in mint condition structurally and even the finish is barely scratched!    I don't know if I'll be painting the frames as the mahogany-colored stain really looks good in my kitchen.  Then came the bonus!  When I flipped over the chairs to put them in the car and saw "made in Italy" on the bottom.

I was familiar with the style but usually they are cheap imitations at yard sales.  Though they aren't my personal style, like these on Ebay which sell for $120(still a good price),
These would be more my stlye.
 they are solid wood and should last a long time!  But at $20.00 for the set, they'll be mine for quite a while.  Of course, I'll be changing the upholstery so totally ignored the fabric.  I'm thinking of maybe trying my hand at a french graphic for these, what do you think?  I have the perfect fabric for it!

I also bought this small hutch!  It was just what I needed to replace my bakers rack; much more storage.  It is laminated which is not a problem for chalk paint; love that stuff!  But thankfully, after a good scrubbing and disinfecting, I can use it now since the color actually blends in with my kitchen. : )  This cutie was only $7.00!

I also bought this small video cabinet.

It will work perfect for my bookshelf needs; but will share more in a later post.  It's solid wood and even has some cute carvings on it.  Closed storage, love it and only $5.00!  So those are the scores from my last minute yard sale - total spent $32.00! -_^

I was hoping to get some painting done yesterday, but was really sick since 10am in the morning!  Hopefully today I can get something accomplished.  Hope you're week is going well.


  1. Very nice finds...Your chair were definitely a good buy...Great shopping!

  2. Great finds! Can't wait to see what you do with the chairs.

  3. Nice Italian chairs! (I have to cheer for my Country...)

  4. WOW!! I would say that you made out like a bandit!!

    Love the chairs and the hutch!!

    Looking forward to seeing how the chairs will look after you re-upholster them...


  5. You are so lucky! What a great find! And so smart of you to check for a fourth chair!

    Thanks for inspiring me today!

  6. I have been looking for chairs similar to these for awhile. I cannot believe the price. I love the cabinets also. Great hunting, Barbe


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