“Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them.” — Ann Landers
As the last of the remaining warm days dwindle here in Montana, I’ve spent several days this week working on a clawfoot dining room set that I got for free earlier this summer. I got the set because I just happened to be in the right place at the right time. At a local flea market, I was caught by a vendor admiring one of the chairs out on the loading dock. He asked if I liked the chair and I replied that I thought it would be beautiful with a little TLC. He told me there was a table with it and I said that my husband would probably shoot me if I spent a bunch of money on a fixer-upper dining set. He said if I loaded it up, it was all mine, free of charge. I jumped at the opportunity and with a little help from a few old guys, I was on the road with a pickup loaded with six dining chairs and a gorgeous hardwood clawfoot table.
As I spent the first half of the summer travelling, I didn’t get much time to work on the furniture. I spent a Saturday tearing the chairs apart so I could assess how much work they actually needed. Fortunately, not a whole lot: upholstery, replacing a few missing screws, and re-waxing.
On my trip to Arkansas back in May, I found some gorgeous, reasonably priced upholstery material to re-cover the chairs with. I didn’t get to touch the upholstery until some time in July, when both Terry and I decided to retreat back into hermit mode as we’d both spent May and June on the road. I was very pleased with the results.
This week, I managed to get a few warm-enough-to-work-in-the-garage days to finish four of the chairs. (Which I wanted to have done tonight for my company coming over.)
If I were afraid of hard work, I wouldn’t have this gorgeous set of furniture, soon to be completed, to proudly display in my home.