Guys, it finally happened. I found a set of Chinese Chippendale dining chairs! I've been looking for a set of chairs for about 2 years now, and I wrote about my love of these chairs last year. I didn't think I'd ever find an affordable set, but last week I found a set for a steal!
Every week I make the rounds to three local thrift stores. I didn't find anything in the first store, but as I was walking back to my car I caught a glimpse of some chairs behind a fence. I started nosing around behind the fence and realized that these had recently been donated but hadn't been priced yet. There were 7 chairs (1 with arms, 6 without), and despite being dirty and a bit beat up I knew they were exactly what I had been looking for! I walked back into the store and asked if I could buy them. The supervisor walked outside with me to take a look, and he told me I could have the set for $49.49. Yes...7 Chinese Chippendale chairs for $49.49! The best part is that they have a military discount so I end up paying less than $40 for the entire set.
After a bit of online research I realized that these chairs are likely made by Ballard.
Image via Ballard.
These chairs retail for $279 per chair with arms and $215 per armless chair...that means I got $1569 worth of chairs for under $40!
I'm thinking I'll paint the chairs gold. I'm tempted to paint them some crazy color like turquoise, but I already have so much color in our home that I think I need to go more neutral...and gold is a neutral, right? The cushions have definitely got to go (they're sticky and gross feeling), but the seat caning is in great shape so I may not even replace them.