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When You Travel All The Way to Philadelphia for Vintage Dining Room Chairs

Yes, you read that right. I did, in fact, take the four hour round trip just to jam four vintage caning back dining room chairs into my tiny Hyundai Elantra. It also happened to downpour for most of the ride, but that’s neither here nor there.

You wanna know why?

Because for four chairs, in seriously great condition (sans some upholstery that needs to go), I only spent $51 bucks including tax. INCLUDING TAX.

Are you okay? Did that price make your heart flutter a little bit? Make you feel a little woozy with shock? I know. I know. “How?” you ask, knowing full well it’s hard to find decent dining room chairs for $50 dollars each! “I don’t understand!” you cry, wiping away your tears with a receipt from West Elm crumpled in your hands.

So, let me tell you about Jinxed. And no, this isn’t a sponsored post. Or even filled with affiliate links. This is a serious love affair with a string of vintage shops in Philadelphia, and their Instagram that I have on notification in case anything I want comes up for sale.

You have to get the notifications because everything sells out in nanoseconds.

Which is why, on a Sunday afternoon a few weeks ago, I was shocked I saw this post the moment it went up. Sorry, random Instagram user morisaherrick, THESE SUCKERS ARE MINE.

Ahem, anyway.

They’re pretty right? The tag doesn’t let me know who they are, but they’re from 1929 and shockingly amazing to sit on.

They need love, for sure. A heavy rubdown with vinegar water, some new caps to cover the screw holes on the back and definitely some new fabrics.

Which is where I am right now- with about 6 or 7 great fabrics I’m deciding between (Josh is deciding too, totally, of course, definitely).

Dining Room Chairs: Lapis Fabric

While I am Obsessed with navy, there’s something about this print that might be too busy for the look I’m going for. My mom pointed it out to me and while I love it, I feel like it’d make better curtains than seat cushions. Still, for only needed 2-3 yards of fabric, this is mega affordable.

Dining Room Chairs: Floral Dotted

I am in love with this print. It’s modern and it’s really funky. The lighting in these shots is horrible, thanks to horrible retail overhead bulbs, but it’s really a midnight blue mixed with dark grays. It’s so moody. And the fabric is thick and plush, too.

Dining Room Chairs: Dotted Stripe

The dotted stripe caught my eye immediately. It’s a thinner fabric, so I’m not sure it’d hold up to the wear and tear of butts on seats, but it’s definitely trendy enough that it caught my eye. It could be great on some pillows, actually.

Dining Room Chairs: Zebra Tree Stripe

This one was Josh’s favorite- “it reminds me of trees” which sounds kinda simplistic now but it made sense at the time. Sorry babe, I don’t know how I feel about this one- the taupe might be too boring now that I’ve got so much dark blue in my choices.

Dining Room Chairs: Diamonds on Diamonds

How cool is this one? It’s a fabric I’d never have thought to pick out before, but mixed with the canning back and the dark wood, this could be one beautiful look. It’s also a thick fabric, and it’s soft as all hell. This could be a front runner.

Dining Room Chairs: Arrows

This was the first fabric to catch my attention- while the photo is a little washed out (Damn you, Joanns lighting!), it’s a really pretty and smokey grey pattern, feeling as soft as wool but sturdy enough for seat cushions. I really love this one.

Too many choices!!!

I’ve got my favorites but I think Josh is still holding out hope for something with actual color. So we’re going to take another swing by JoAnn’s and see what we come up with. We’re hoping to get them reupholstered sometime in the next two weeks, so stay tuned for updates!

Oh, and p.s. – We’re scoping out a West Elm parsons table via Craigslist this weekend. Cross your fingers it’s in decent condition!!

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  • Reply Ross Greenberg April 7, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    I fully support the funky dark blue and gray fabric. Top choice for sure.

  • Reply Bridgette April 7, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    I like the funky one!

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