Sometimes I get thrift envy. Not because I don’t find amazing pieces at Goodwill, but because I know some pieces will take a lot of time and effort to rehab.
I honestly don’t want to spend $5 on a chair and another $20 to haul it home, take it outside to sand it (I don’t even own a sander) then leave it outside and hope my neighbors don’t throw it in the dump or take it back to Goodwill.
Plus, I have to carry whatever I choose to buy up 15 stairs. Whew!
I am already tired.
This is why cane back chairs are such a great option.
Cane back chairs come in a variety of styles. Usually all you have to do is reupholster their seat cushions to make them work in your home.
If you live in an apartment and still want to add personality to your space (and stay within a modest budget), you should consider thrifting dining room chairs for cheap and repainting them. While there are a number of wooden chairs you can score at a thrift store, my top choice is and has always been cane back chairs. They add so much definition to space and can be easily rehabilitated for very little money.
First, find a sturdy set of cane back chairs.
After that, find inspiration.
After you have gathered some inspiring dining room photos that feature cane back chairs, you can start adding your own personal touches to your chairs.
Thrifting is fun, but can be very expensive if you aren’t careful. A great way to stay on budget and within the realm of reachable creativity is to score an inexpensive set of dining chairs, get some inspiration and then repaint and cover them to your liking.
I am almost finished with my dining room redo. The only thing I have left to do is find a set of cane back chairs. Lol.