What Would You Do? A New Series on Vintage Revivals

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! (That was angels singing if you couldn’t tell.)   I have been rolling around this idea for a bit and I feel like I am FINALLY ready to share it with you guys!

As far as I can tell there are 2 problems that are frequently brought to my attention.  1. You guys are TALENTED.  Lets be honest I am not the only one that likes to decorate, you guys are SO amazing it blows my mind.  The problem?  It needs to be shouted from the rooftops!   And 2.  Sometimes you run out of inspiration or just plain don’t know what to do with your latest thrift store score, dollar store find or those end tables from your Great Grandma Ida.

We are solving BOTH of those problems today with a brand new series called What Would YOU Do?

Here is how its going to work.  Most Wednesdays (I say most because I don’t want to over commit myself toooo much.)  I am going to share a find with you.  It may be mine for the first little while but eventually I REALLY want you guys to submit your design dilemmas for this incredible ocean of décor savvy mamas for inspiration!

I want it to be SUPER interactive and fun (because decorating shouldn’t be stressful!  Well…not TOO stressful.)

Then as the projects are completed I will post updates so everyone can see the killer before and after’s!  Its like Fun-a-polooza!

So I will go first.

What would you do to this thrift store chair

I scored this amazing vintage industrial rolling chair for $6.00 last night at the DI.  I am loving all things industrial right now and I loved how it was still a little girlish (its perfect home is in Ivie’s room!)   I have a few ideas for this cute thing but I want to hear what YOU would do to it!  Share your ideas in the comments below and if you have overhauled something similar leave a link in the comments so we can all hop over and be inspired!!  I will show you the transformation next Wednesday!!

Do you have a project that you need a little help with??  Tell us all about it!  Send me an email with a few images and the important details and lets get this party started!  (Single projects only right now, no room designs please) to vintagerevivalsblog (at) gmail.com with the subject line WWYD Submission.

Hooray!  I cant wait to read these ideas!!!! Aaaaaannnnnnddddd GO!

ps. if you want a behind the scenes as its going down preview of my thrifty treasures make sure to follow me on Instagram (@vintagerevivals)  I ALWAYS share what I am hunting!

Love Your Guts, Mandi



  1. I love this idea!!!! Amazing new series!! So glad you bought that chair and I can’t wait to see what you do to it!

  2. I love the chair, and obviously you could mandilicious it up with spraypaint and upholstery. However Im looking at the bottom of that piece and thinking it could be the start to a totally epic industrial light fixture!

  3. I think I would remove the back, spray the bottom an industrial grey, and add a distressed wood top to make it a side table. May be stencil some typeography (?) on the top for a little extra ‘liciousness!

  4. Oh, I love her idea ^ so much more than mine, but I’ll share anyway. Before I read the light fixture comment, I would have gone with painting the bottom somewhere between powder blue and aqua with a fun punchy geometric fabric.

  5. I LOVE this concept!

  6. I found 2 similar to this chair, both at Habitat for Humanity for $5 each. The first one was in perfect condition, the fabric was just a little blah, so I painted a burberry plaid on top of it! I super love it!! You can see it here: http://thesunsetlane.blogspot.com/2011/11/burberry-drafting-stool.html

    Kari @ The Sunset Lane

  7. How Fun! I would go totally steampunk. Take off the horrendous upholstery, paint the frame black, and have some birch cut for the back and seat and stain it ebony.

  8. Love this new series!
    I think I would leave it chair, just because it is so cool. Maybe paint it in a really bright color and have the seat and back stainless steel or plexi glass or reupholster it in a (real or fake) sheep skin???

  9. Im actually loving some industrial myself right now…….i scored 2 old desk lamps that hopefully ile be posting soon…I love the stool, it would make a great vanity bench, would also look good in the bathroom……cant wait to see what u do with it…..Bonnie

  10. What if you sprayed the frame a bright or bold color and upholstered the cushions in white fur?!

  11. What about painting the metal portion teal and doing the upholstery in the embroidered portions of a Mexican dress? You know the pretty traditional kind with big, colorful scenes?

  12. What is underneath that (ahem) beautiful upholstry job? Are the back and seat cool on their own? If they are metal like the frame, it would accentuate the industrialness to just strip it down to the bare bones and leave it. If it’s not, I like the finding some pretty thin wood for the back and seat idea. Or you could paint it turquoise and do a lucite back and seat. What a great find! Love the DI. :)

  13. It deserves a bright color and a coordinating graphic print! Ohhhhh…you could get white fabric and let her color an abstract design and then cover it!

  14. Amandelin says:

    What a gorgeous chair! I would spray the base gold and then age it with either wax or stain. And then I would go with a vibrant solid textured fabric for the upholstery–maybe a kelly green velvet? Or some tone-on-tone large-scale fuchsia?

  15. A shiny lacquer in a bright color like tomato red with cow hide for the back and seat (brown cow hide not the white with black spots) would be my choice for it. Great score! She’s a beaut! Whatever you end up doing with her, she will be divine per your usual mandiliciousness.

  16. i would do all the exposed metal aged brass. i’d recover the back and seat with worn saddle tan leather. then i’d burn/brand it with ivie’s name. lastly, i’d sit a cute stuffy on it.

  17. oh I love Amandelin’s ideas! I was going to say paint the metal gold and put black fur or velvet on it. But I love how out there kelly green or fuchsia would be! :) Good luck!

    • Agree with them, maybe like a faux cowhide. I know you love an unexpected element.

    • Oh but dark brown hide not black and white since it’s for Ivie’s room.

      The yellow actually wouldn’t look bad with the butcher block desk if you didn’t want to bother with the gold. Not sure how matchy matchy it’d be :-)

  18. I love the frame as is, maybe even distress it a little more. See what’s under the upholstery when you strip it down to the bones and see if that could be cool and functional, and if not, get some nice hardwood and cut it for a seat and back. Stain them dark walnut, always a great choice. Love the chair and what a STEAL!! :)

  19. Grind off the paint, wax the bare metal, and replace the back and seat with some hand planed oiled or waxed reclaimed wood.

  20. I’d go bright teal, because I always go bright! And choose a fun fabric to redo the top. Or, tear it apart and see what the base looks like. I bet if it’s wood under there you can do a fun stain and age it a bit. Like Ann Marie above said. :)

  21. Love the series, and already sent in my email!

  22. I am so glad that you decided to do this. I have one heck of a submission for you! Once the Christmas tree comes down I’ll have to get it sent in. OOOOOOh (squealing with excitement).

  23. you always find the best deals and the best finds!!

  24. I love this! My head is already spinning with projects to submit!

    I would paint the metal a high glass black or charcoal gray

  25. I would do a really loud print on it with a mustard colored base for the metal.
    Love that chair!!

  26. Mandi, this is a GREAT idea!! Can’t wait to read along and maybe get some help myself!!

    Kristy @ Shona Skye Creations

  27. Is that picture somewhat true to color? I mean, is the base a super soft yellow? If so, I’d totally leave the base as-is (you can’t recreate that age if you wanted to) and do an animal print fabric. Not like cheetah or zebra… Hmm… this?

  28. Hmmm, I think something dark and muted for the upholstry but something bright and electric for the base! You know how to spray paint, right?

    Nikki Kelly @ the ambitious procrastinator

  29. i’m thinking a heavy dose of color on the metal. im talking primary yellow. then either a faux leather (bc im cheap) or vinyl in crisp white to recover the back and seat. OR a totally obnixious bold print full of color. think free spirit or anna marie horner lines. great buy for $6.

  30. I love this idea for a series! I say you paint the base a pretty gilver… my new favorite color or really shiny gold and do the seat white. Maybe even stencil the seat with a tribal print or something! I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

  31. If you plan to put it with the butcher block desk and up against that tribal wall I would paint the metal gold and then recover it with a white fur. It would make for a nice statement piece without competing with the rest of the items in the room.

  32. Pull off that crazy fabric and throw some worn in, deep chocolate brown leather on it. Oxidized silver color for the base.

  33. I have a few ideas.
    IDEA 1. Take the seat and back off. Repaint with a chrome-stainless hammered finish. Cut diamond plate and mount to top. Cut glass to cover diamond plate, drilling holes in the corners of both and joining the two together with acorn nuts, perhaps even brass acorn nuts with copper washers. Run conduit or PVC sprayed to match up the seatback brace and create a table lamp top. Use a rectangular shade in black or white. Even more industrial, take a galvanized bucket and drill a pattern into it allowing light to show through. For more filter. Use it as the shade by drilling a hole in the bottom of the bucket and attaching it to the lamp harp.

    IDEA 2. REPAINT. Remove both seats. Replace the back with worn planks and stencil it with something you love. For the seat replace it with a metal tractor seat

    IDEA 3. REPAINT. Create a design focal point. Build a lamp by using a motorcycle visor headlamp for the fixture, (just google those words if you don’t picture it.) Mount a shallow wooden box like you would use to pick berries to the base, cover it with a glass top. Place curios in the box under the glass for a personal collection piece.

    IDEA 4. REPAINT. Remove seat. Repurpose back of chair by rewiring into a lamp. Make a table top where the seat would have been or use an old drawer turned upside down as the table top. You could use a drawer (not turned upside down but mounted to the base) for the tabletop base and slip a board over the top of the drawer instead of glass. Anchor the board to the drawer with L brackets. Route out place for Ipad style tablet to recess into the surface flush mount. Use it as a personal portable desktop or electronic game table.

  34. Anonymous says:

    Just wanted to stop by and say thanks for all your posts the last two weeks! I love checking your blog and really appreciate you giving your readers what they want!

  35. I would totally take off that fabric and see if there is some wood under there and then paint the bottom metal orange!!

  36. Two things:
    I would remove the seat and back, add a large round disc (that goes under plants to catch the water), and use it for a portable plant stand. We are constantly moving our plants around, and it would be helpful to be able to adjust the height as well!
    here’s I what I REALLY want to do – add the plant disc things, attached to that would be a floor bracket for PVC pipe. On top of that I would add a PVC play stand for my parrot so she could be off the floor and down stairs with me.

  37. OOh ooh! I wanna play! I would use paint stripper on the yellow frame and something suitably dingy on the upholstery like natural heavy linen or burlap with a stencilled industrial number on it! Cool idea. I recently had to turn to the girls who read my blog for a bit of advice!

  38. Anonymous says:

    I love that chair. I would bring it back to it’s humble beginning. Strip the paint, nice wood seat or cover in some beat up old leather. Do I have to have a blog to submit a pic? I have an old, claw foot bench that I just can’t seem to make up my mind.
    Jamie Rowe

  39. repaint a distressed bronze and remove fabric back and bottom and replace with wooden pieces.

  40. This is SO much fun! I have been too influenced by the comments that I have no creative ideas of my own! I have a submission for you as well… but I need to wait a few weeks since if I was selected, I would kinda have to follow through on the assignment!

  41. This is a great idea! I’d love to share some of my great fines I don’t know how to improve on.
    As for this chair, it needs to be painted hospital white with the brackets on the legs in red. Recover the seat in drop cloth with the red cross symbol stenciled on it. Remove the fabric on the back and stencil ‘First Aid’ in the Courier font to the metal surface. Would make a great ‘Miss Doctor’ chair for a youngin. Have fun.
    Miss Ellie

  42. My thoughts: Leave the paint as is and simple reupholster in a navy or deep royal blue leather/vinyl. Bam. Done. And oh-so-cute!!!

  43. Replace the back with barn wood and then add a little pillow to front for comfort. Recover the seat in a different pattern than the back pillow for a kick! Love this chair!

  44. I would paint it hot pink, and reupholster it in a leopard-print velvet.

  45. i recognize the metal base of this chair–looks like ones made in toledo….
    check out this ebay link before you start the redo:
    i saw this chair in an antique/vintage shop in toledo and it was priced over $200!!
    awesome score!!
    -suzanne in pittsburgh

  46. I like industrial farmhouse. I would sand it to bare metal and reupholster using my old feedsacks with great graphics.

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