Two of a kind working on a full house

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Maybe you’re not a country music fan, but I am.   Die. Hard.  I go to concerts whenever and wherever I can.  I sing and play guitar.  I buy downloads of songs and for about five years I purchased every single issue of Country Weekly.  When I decided I wanted to train for and run a full marathon, it was the Country Music Marathon in Nashville that my sister, brother-in-law and I completed.  So this quote from a Garth Brooks (yes I have seen him in concert) song was just the ticket to describe my latest yard sale find.  Two perfect roseback side chairs.  Of course they didn’t look quite like this when purchased, but with a little TLC, some new fabric and the talent of Karen Stanley Hamilton (upholstery expert) they are all prettied up and ready to go.  I can hear them singing to each other now:    “So draw the curtain, honey turn the lights down low.  We’ll find some country music on the radio”.  Wait a second, now they’re dancing.   ALL the chairs are dancing.    And just like that there’s a party happening in the shop.

Victorian sofa with a non-traditional look

I have three Victorian sofas.   One is the fabulous purple one that has become the unofficial hallmark of Borrowed.    I have another smaller gold grapeback which is waiting to be upholstered; and I have this one.   I had a heck of a time choosing fabric, wanting something unexpected.    I finally settled on this black on black and decided I may as well go black all the way, painting the wood in a glossy finish.   This wasn’t easy for me to do because at heart I love to preserve historical elements.

I think the finished product will make a very elegant focal point for your event.

I’m Ready! Please Rent ME

Pick me!    No pick me!    That is what my chairs seem to be saying to each other as they are preening and showing off their new coats of paint and upholstered seats.   They are acting mighty pleased with themselves and can’t wait to show off their new looks.   Clearly Ms. Mustard and Grey (*no relation to Christian*) is very happy with her makeover.

“Titanic” Chairs

For this episode of as found to rental ready I am totally capitalizing on the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic for selfish money grabbing purposes.      NO  – not really, these folding wooden chairs just remind me somehow of the pictures you always see of the deck chairs salvaged from the Titanic.   And I love the antique-y faded look of the fabric.   And I am lucky enough to have 2 ♥

I hear choirs singing

I hear choirs singing when I look at this sofa!  Or maybe its a soprano opera voice.     Heck may be its even the angels,  I just love it so much!   I struggled with this purchase because it was hard to imagine the finished product.   I said I would take it and then I said I wouldn’t.   And then I did  –  and look what I ended up with!

We’re Open!

It has taken months and months and lots of fun and hard work and now we are ready to show you what we have!

I will be uploading pictures and information over the next few days and in the meantime, please check out my Facebook page at:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Something-Borrowed-Vintage-Rentals/266666536701540

To get us started, here are some photos of a bench from as found to rental-ready.    I’ll post more of these start to finish projects here and also highlight new purchases.   I expect my inventory to be fairly fluid – I’ll keep pieces that seem popular and change out other pieces for new items.

If you have any suggestions on stock, please let me know.   I am already looking for wine barrels, a cast iron tub and some more church pews!

Any help you could provide to spread the word to vintage inspired or shabby chic brides, event planners and photographers would be appreciated so much!