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Elisabeth
So true about the flimsy construction of expensive modern furniture. For example: solid wooden shelves in a modern piece, rarely. But old bookcases all have solid wooden shelves, so nice.
   
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Mary Villa

I'm furnishing a second/future retirement home with consignment finds, refinished pieces and thrift store pieces. I will never buy another expensive, "big " name dining room set or piece of furniture! This is so much more fun and it doesn't create a lot more things that have to be thrown away!

   
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HU-587273708

I have painted some furniture because I like colors and hate being overwhelmed by a sea of depressing brown. I have also stripped some pieces that others have painted to discover some very pretty old wood. It is totally up to you what you do with your own furniture and wood work. I did buy a $5 armchair in a very pretty old wood at a garden club sale. It had a cane seat and the entire thing was in excellent condition. I bought some formerly very expensive fabric in a very interesting pattern that was quite marked down in price. Then I had a professional make a seat cushion and upholster the seat back. The pattern needed to be very carefully centered and I was convinced I could not do it well. There was a pattern of sea horses, starfish , coral fronds and scallop shells in a cafe au lait and ecru color way. She also did that very pretty cording or welting that is such a nice finish. For about $160 I ended up with quite a beautiful and charming chair. It would be hard to find a new cheap armchair for that amount although the project did end up costing more than I expected.

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