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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Rusty Chairs

I have this vintage set of 1950’s patio furniture.

It belonged to my Aunt Vera who I lived with when I was a small child.

  This set was on our screened front porch.

It reminds me of a simpler time when we sat on the porch after supper.

This set has traveled with me to each house I have lived in.

It used to be mint green and white.

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I do love rust but these chairs represent my precious Aunt Vera and I should have taken better care of them.

Add paint chairs and sofa to long list of stuff to paint!

The C-Cat found his way into the images.

Imagine that.

I am linking to the inspiring Debra of Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday.

Please join her for some more vintage goodness.

grace surrounds us



  1. They do look very lovely like that...but
    I know what you mean about wishing you'd taken better care.

    I have stuff in the garden I wish I'd taken better care of too.

    How lovely that these remind you of such happy times.

  2. What a lovely reminder of your Aunt Vera and your childhood. Lots of people take these gorgeous old metal chairs and sofas to a body shop and have them repainted...just an idea! And C-Cat is too cute!

    Kat :)

  3. Hi Olive! Oh, how wonderful you have these special chairs! I love how the rusty looks in your snaps and I think little C Cat loves how nice and warm they feel in the sunshine!
    Thanks for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  4. C=Cat is very cute - lovely photo. It's lovely that you still have these chairs after such a long time. They have a really nice design on them and must have looked quite stunning when they were new. There's a little project for you (!) and you can post some photoes when you have renovated them!!!

  5. GET OUT!!! Grandma had chairs like these, and I have been keeping my eye out for some... Lucky you!

  6. Olive...I am loving your chairs. I am always on the look out for a set of vintage metal yard chairs. They remind me of the long outdoor days of my childhood :)


  7. I think Aunt Vera would be thrilled you still have these, not a difficult job to renovate yourself when you decide you are ready to do so :)
    I will be interested to hear what your husband thought of the postbox saga.

  8. Olive, I got soooo excited when I was scrolling down and saw a glimps of those chairs. Those are absolutely, hands down my favorite type of chair for the porch. A neighbor I had when I was litte had a whole porch full of mismatched metal motel chairs like that. I probably still have the imprint of that design on my thighs. Oh, and when they sat in the sun they would get scalding hot. But I loved them!

  9. The chairs must hold some wonderful memories for you! I love the picture of C~Cat enjoying the sun! That would be me!!


  10. Love the chairs and they look good in rust...but yes, you should paint them before they rust away. Silly cat.

  11. Love this style of furniture. So many porches in my childhood neighborhood had these chairs. I smile every time I see some. Yours are wonderful!


  12. Yum, those are good and rusty!

  13. My grandparents had chairs just like those. Such good memories.

  14. I actually like the matching rusty chairs and rusty kitty. Great pictures Olive, but an even better story behind them! Have a good weekend. Ann

  15. Nice! As much as I love patina and "distressed" things - these are my people - you MUST restore or have them restored in honor of your aunt. Love the cat.

  16. Love those chairs, what a neat design! C-Cat looks very content:@)

  17. I adore vintage Hotel style patio furniture and have several pieces of my own. I love the cutwork in your Aunt's chairs... too bad the original Mint Green didn't survive, that was a lovely Vintage hue, one of my favs.

    Dawn... The Bohemian

  18. Oh Olive, your vintage chairs are wonderful, and what precious memories they must hold... Hello kittie!... xoxo Julie Marie

  19. You might look into sand blasting since they're sentimental. Not sure if they can do it, but it's done a lot with older pieces. They can then add a powder coat. They'll last another 30 years or so.

  20. Olive, they are such a wonderful, vintage design, and I bet they would be comfortable too. How wonderful that they also have memories attached to them. laurie

  21. These are awesome and the kitty is priceless!!!!

  22. love the rustiness of it all!!
    cute kitty too!
    Tammy :-)

  23. *~*~Those are very cool Olive!! ;)Rachel~*~*

  24. Sounds like these chairs holds great memories for you, love rust, but it's probably a good ideal to paint them... love the picture of the kitty!

  25. Crusty... Rusty... AND "C-Cat" - LoVe It!*!*!
    Jeanine, ChiPPy!-SHaBBy!

  26. Those are some great chairs - and certainly nothing a can of Rustoleum can't handle. C-Cat looks so happy. Have a great weekend. Dee

  27. I really like Aunt Vera's chairs just sand them and leave them like that unless you have a more formal look. Love your kitty cat. I was thinking of getting a kitten for my Sissy to play with


  28. Just imagine the conversations while family sat in these chairs and visited...very nice.

  29. C doesn't seem to mind the rust, does he? The chairs are gorgeous, really beautiful, and your photography is splendid.

  30. My grandparents had a red metal set on their front porch...that was my favorite thing to sit on the porch with all the aunts, uncles, cousins and listen to the grownups talk and tell stories!

  31. I have that same furniture! The set belonged to my parents and originally it was turquoise and white. On my watch though it has been many colors...even had each piece a different color. Now it is black...sort of. It is in the back of my property with peeling paint. Guess I better create a to do list with it on it too...or Olive, you're not so far from me, add it to your list:-)
    Enjoyed your post!

  32. What Beautiful Chairs ~ Rust & All.... They hold such Treasured Memories!

  33. Olive dear, they wear their rust well, love them. and C-Cat is the handsome fella who drives my girls wild! te he!
    love ya sweetie,

  34. I know exactly what you mean by wishing you had taken better care of them. However, I was antiquing with a friend last summer and she paid $85 for one chair that was extremely rusted and had holes worn through on the seat. When you think of it like that, rust isn't such a bad thing!

  35. man oh Man I love these chairs, rusty and all. Adds to the character, the memory and more memories!


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