Chair Museum

When did I become a chair collector?

It certainly wasn’t planned.  But this morning I have literally been carrying chairs all over the barn, trying to find places to put them without having this place look like some kind of chair museum.  I actually think that might be kind of special… a wall devoted to chairs… one lined up after another.  Just don’t have the wall for it!

I guess it began when the barn was built, and one week later it was one of the houses on a home tour.  I had a handful of days to decorate the place and make it feel a little bit lived in.  Hooray for second-hand stores.  I found three wonderful old chairs that filled the needed spaces quite nicely.  $15 for a set of two beautiful old cane-seat chairs… can’t beat that!  I’ve loved those chairs.  Beautiful to look at, but no one would dream of sitting in one.  So it was finally time to fill that space with chairs that say “Please come over here and sit awhile.”  I ordered the chairs with beautiful floral upholstery and they have arrived.  I love them!

One of the old wooden chairs came into my office, and one went into the guest bedroom.   I like how it looks in the guest bedroom very much… but my great-grandmother’s little rocker had to be moved.  And if I put it by the little antique children’s chair from my grandparents’ basement, then the whole “museum” look started happening.  That antique rocker came upstairs.  This meant that the Tell City chair that reminded me of my Grandma & Granddad’s chairs needed to go downstairs beside my table.  I think it works there, but it might look better by the fireplace.

All of this is making me think that I might possibly like all these chairs lined up on a living room wall.  Probably that would just be good for a photo opportunity.  No one would really like to sit in those chairs all lined up.  On my front porch!  Now that would be great.  But I already have the glider, the two black rocking chairs, and the old tractor seat stool my Uncle Clifford made sitting out there.  Not to mention the vintage metal patio chairs that belonged to Nana and Granddad which are on my kitchen porch.

I’m serious!  When did this happen?  I didn’t set out to do this.  Well, they’re all lovely little accent pieces.  And since I’ve got plenty of regular chairs for regular ol’ sitting, these special pieces may serve the sole purpose of making me smile when I see them.  I suppose that’s just fine.

6 Responses to “Chair Museum”

  1. Mary Anne says:

    Yes, the tractor seats. I have several that I love. I also have a rocking chair made from horse shoes that sits in my living room. My dad did enjoy making things from metal for people. I need some replacements on some of the things and wish he was here to help me out. Thanks for the memory.

  2. Cheryl says:

    Making me smile, as always. Did you know they are bringing back your metal kitchen porch chairs? My grandmother used to have those, too. My grandmother’s breakfast room set had chairs that looked like your bottom left picture. I think my niece has that set. I have 2 or 3 chairs in my garage that need new bottoms (cane) and the refinishing finished. Rudy’s mom picked them up somewhere and when we were clearing out her house I just had to bring them home. I like your idea of lining chairs on a wall. Then you could pretend you were a Shaker!!

  3. Sandy says:

    The chair you’re talking about (bottom left corner) is just like my Grandma & Granddad’s kitchen chairs. I recently purchased it from good friends. Yes! I love seeing those “old” metal chairs in catalogs… and am thrilled to own three of the “real deal”.

  4. Betty Williamson says:

    My Uncle Jack and Aunt Blanche had a set of those old metal chairs on the back porch. We loved “rocking” in them, even if it really was bouncing. The paint was so old that it became almost powdery. Woe to the person who sat on them while wearing dark-colored clothes. Another delightful column!

  5. Lori says:

    Sandy, I just read your blog about quilts right before this one. I just keep thinking about how you always make people the most important thing at your house. Thank you for sharing your treasured quilts, chairs, and many other things. You have used what God has blessed you with to bless others! You are the real treasure here as far as I’m concerned!

  6. Sandy says:

    Thank you, Lori. I’m trying to do spreadsheets.. can’t find a $384.95 mistake… your message popped up and gave me some happy tears and a needed break. I treasure our friendship!

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