My Old Apartment, Thrifting, Upcycling, Trash Picking

Sweet Find: Stool Time

Ever since I sold the ugly dining table and converted the dining room into an office, my mother’s been freaking out because I didn’t have a dining table or bar stools.  What can I say?   I was waiting for the right vintage bar stools to find me. Frankly, most inexpensive modern bar stools are too large and overbearing for my small, lighthearted mid-century inspired space.

My mom can rest easy now:  Last night, like love at first sight,  these two cheerful mid-century bar stools found me.  (Craigslist is like my eHarmony of furniture love.)  Disaster averted.

I just love how cheerful the bright red looks against the granny apple green wall.  I can’t get enough of this color combo lately, especially in this small room that doesn’t get much natural light.

I guess my love of the color combo accidentally carried over to the kitchen, where I whipped up a tasty and healthy meal for the 7th night of my 21-Day Cleanse diet:  Basalmic grillled Portobellos topped with roasted red peppers, with rice and a brussel sprouts.

Aren’t the stools just the cutest?  Bonus – An original label on the bottom of one stool says it was manufactured in 1954.  Awesome!

And if you’re looking for some reasonably-priced mid-century furniture in the DC area, let me know.  The man selling these stools was super nice, and he’s clearing a ton more mid-century stuff out of his storage unit.

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  • Reply Emerald at 1:43 pm

    Those stools ARE great. And isn’t it funny what moms get all frantic about?

  • Reply Leproust Vintage at 12:40 am

    hmmm….I think I may move in. Is that ok?! hehe 🙂 Your bar stools and dinner look incredible!!

    Fabulous find!

  • Reply Erin @ SYL: Slipcover Your Life at 12:25 pm

    Ummm i can’t believe how amazing your bright green walls are! Gorgeous color, and the pop of red is amazing (you’re the second person today who has gotten an awesome craigslist find, i need to start scoping this out…)

  • Reply Jeannine @ Small & Chic at 4:03 pm

    They look so perfectly sunny there. You know, this is shaping up to be a candidate for an Apartment Therapy tour feature.

  • Reply Borrowed Abode at 4:20 pm

    Aww, thanks Jeannine for the great compliment! I’ve still got some work to do on the living room, but I feel like I’m finally getting somewhere with my home! Next, I want to focus on better use of space. I feel like there’s always room for improvement.

  • Reply Rebecca at 12:52 am

    That bar area just looks amazing….wow. Love the color combo….great green wall color!!

  • Reply Sunny's Life in Rehab at 9:56 pm

    Cats know that projects are distractions from your true calling in life, worshiping them. Awesome shades. I’ll tune back in often. I like your taste in colors.

  • Reply Ruby at 11:33 pm

    All that spring green is super! LOVE the curtain fabric….
    And in case you didn’t hear, you won our vintage giveaway so head on over and pick your prizes!

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