Free Finds / Vintage

Introducing My Freecycle Score: A Chair Named Grace

Yeah. We named our new/old chair. We love her that much.

Want to know how we found her?

I always lament how other people seem to find incredible pieces for free, either on the curbs in their neighborhood or via Freecycle. Well, now that we are considerably closer to Atlanta than we were before, I decided I’d give the city’s Freecycle group a try. I’m glad I did. This beauty popped up a few days ago, and I emailed the previous owner as soon as I saw the photo. With Freecycle, you never know how quickly an item will be snatched up, so I had my fingers crossed.

And score! I was told I could pick up the chair from the front porch. Of course, my husband and I own a very small car and have no friends nearby who drive SUVs or trucks, so I had no idea how we were going to get Grace home. But I HAD to have her. Thankfully, she was just 10 miles away, so we drove over there in hopes we could somehow bring her home. With the help of some careful positioning and twine, we were able to bring Grace home in our trunk.


Now we just have to figure out how to dress her up. She definitely needs to be reupholstered, and her legs need some refinishing. I’m thinking I may paint them black or charcoal gray, and go with a bold yellow or gray ikat as the new fabric. I’ve been trying to imagine another, more modern option, but my mind keeps going back to ikat. All of the fabrics shown above are available from Fabricadabra by the yard, and a couple of them are actually organic and not very expensive. It’s just the global, worldly feeling we need in our room. If you think I’m crazy, check out these inspiration chairs:

1. Urban Outfitters’ Slipper Chair 2. Ikat Wing Chair from No. Four Eleven  and 3. Pair of ikat chairs via. The Style Files


See where I’m going with this?

Grace will reside in our master bedroom (you know…the one I was supposedly done with) in the corner near the window to the right of the bed. I have reached out to my new Atlanta bloggy buddy, Dayka of Meditations on Life & Style, for some help deciding. I’ll let you know what we come up with.

What do you think we should do to Grace? Have you tackled a similar project? I’ve love to hear about it and feature you here at GYD, so contact me.

This will be the first major upholstery project my husband and I have tackled, so wish us luck!

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I am a graphic designer by trade who has a strong passion for interior design and doing what we can to protect the environment. This blog and my other site, Green & Gorgeous, are my ways of giving back to the Earth.


  • CraftyRachel
    May 13, 2010 at 9:42 am

    What a score! I love free furniture but have been too scared to try DIY upholstery so far… I look forward to what you do with this one!

  • Lynn
    May 13, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    Love those fabrics. Can’t wait to see what you do with them. I have made slipcovers and reupholstered a headboard and some dining chairs, but that’s it. This looks fairly complicated, but I’m sure it will be absolutely stunning when you finish. Have fun!

  • Susie
    May 13, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Jennae, I love your chair. So pretty, if she were mine I would name her too! I love the idea of global inspired, organic fabrics. Just be aware of how different it might look when upholstered with the channeling on the back of chair. I can’t wait to see the end result. I know you will do her proud!

    • jennae
      May 14, 2010 at 7:49 am

      I’ve been looking for photos of similar chairs that have been reupholstered, to no avail. I know they’re out there, but I haven’t been able to find a good example. That gives me a little pause, but we’ll never know if we can do it if we don’t try, right 🙂 I’m so excited!

  • Condo Blues
    May 13, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    My first upholstery project was a free to me love seat. Since then I’ve recovered our sofa twice. I like the shape but I don’t like the original 80’s print fabric! Whatever you do, use an upholstery weight fabric! I didn’t do that with my first upholstery project and paid dearly for it later.

    • jennae
      May 14, 2010 at 7:51 am

      I can’t even imagine trying to reupholster a sofa or loveseat. You are a brave woman! My first project was a simple seat cover for a dining chair. I didn’t use upholstery weight fabric either, and I learned my lesson. It didn’t wear very well or hold its tautness, so it ended up loose and wrinkly. NOT a good look! Thanks for the reminder 🙂

  • Stacy
    May 17, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Freecycle is awesome for gifting stuff that you don’t need anymore and finding free stuff! Have you heard about that new website that is focused on sharing stuff: I think you might like it because you can borrow and share stuff with neighbors so you don’t have to buy things that you’d use once or twice. Our moms group loves this site!


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