Tag: acrylic

Distressed is Best

If I told you I put a $10 folding chair in my living room, I wouldn’t blame you for thinking I was crazy. It’s not there because I had people over and there wasn’t enough seating, so I pulled it out of a closet for a few hours. I mean I bought it, chipped paint and all, at Re-Find for the sole purpose of using it as a piece of furniture in my house.

Weird, I know. But maybe once you see it, you’ll think I’m slightly less crazy.

I love the pop of yellow and how the distressed paint gives it a vintage characteristic. The pillow was about $10 at Kirkland’s (currently on sale for $6.50) and the painting is from Art in the Village in Jackson, TN. The piece was done by an artist name Jette Garner.

TIP: These super fun metal folding chairs come in an assortment of colors and are currently on sale for $12.99 each through Restaurant Furniture 4 Less.

I actually think these would look cute around a white wood kitchen table, maybe as plant stands in a garden, in an art room, on a front porch with some fun cushions…the point is, if you thought metal folding chairs were just for pulling out at Thanksgiving to make extra seating at the kids’ table then fold up, wait a minute! Personally, I think they’re good for so much more.

If you like it, you should buy it.

If you’ve read any of my other posts, you probably already know there isn’t much rhyme or reason to what I buy…or why I buy it. And I can’t speak for anyone else, but I would say that if you wanted to start your own art collection you *could* hit up an art show or hope to get lucky and find an original in a thrift shop (as those are both viable options). Or you might try looking around places like OfferUp or LetGo. You’d be surprised how many artists put their own pieces on sites like that.

Take this piece, for instance:

When I saw it, I fell in love. The artist listed it on LetGo for $100 and said it was an acrylic and mixed media piece. I offered him $75 and he was like, “sure.”

In my last few posts, I’ve written things like “even though this isn’t necessarily my aesthetic, I still bought it” or “doesn’t really fit my style, but I liked it anyway.” With this, those statements do not apply. I was beyond obsessed with it. It’s big, bold, bright, urban, street, has attitude and personality…everything I like.

I’m calling it “Flamingo King” and I bought it from a guy named Genaro Rivas in Tacoma, WA. I’m actually thinking about reaching back out to him to commission another piece…something similar, but perhaps with a political perspective? Haven’t decided yet. The point is, I liked it and I bought it. It is, to date, my most-prized acquisition. So go look around – on Craigslist, Facebook marketplace, apps, etc. – because you never know when you just might find your favorite piece of all time.