Do you love old chairs? Check out these 4 things you wish you knew about collecting and decorating with antique, vintage, and thrifty chairs.

When my friend Cindy over at County Road 407 asked me to join her today in a blog hop all about old chairs and stools, I was like well, of course, because you can never have too many vintage chairs to share and talk about! Am I right?

And if you are joining me from Kim over at Shiplap and Shells, welcome! I’ve been friends with Kim for a few years now and she is absolutely the sweetest and most creative person I know.

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And the first old chair that comes to mind for me, starts with this old chair here…

Vintage Doll Chairs

This old chair is 1 of 4 vintage doll chairs that I found while vacationing in Rockport, Maine over this past summer.

Just look at all that chippiness and spooling detail.

Vintage Doll Chair

There’s so much you could do with this old chair. And I was even happier when I found 3 others to go with it, the start of my first doll chair collection.

Here I have them decorated on our windowsill at our home in Maine.

3 Doll Chairs, This Old Chair.

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Doll chairs like these would also look fabulous scattered on a guest bedroom dresser, a mantel, on top of a hutch, bookshelf, kitchen shelf, etc. The possibilities are endless!

A collection of various styles, shapes, and colors just adds to the beautiful charm.

Check out how these doll chairs looked this past fall with miniature pumpkins HERE.

This Old Chair

Vintage Cane Chairs

While driving to our home in Maine this past summer I stopped in at a pop-up roadside church bazaar. Do you ever do this?

And these two pieces of furniture were out on the lawn with a FREE sign on them!

What? And the cane seating was in perfect condition too.

This Old Chair

I packed them up and today they sit beautifully scattered in our Maine home dining room.

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This Old Chair

My friend Courtney over at French Country Cottage talks all about cane chairs in her post “What to know about French Style Cane Dining Chairs” if you are interested in learning more.


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Vintage Chairs

Do you follow Marian over at Miss Mustard Seed? I just adore her blog posts like this one, “a sled, ski poles & French wing chairs“. Once you check out Marian’s blog just search for chairs and you will find yourself immersed in the wonders and possibilities of all things, french chairs.

Antique Ladder Backs

“A ladderback chair, also ladder-back, slatback, or fiddle back, although that name is used less now due to the creation of the fiddle back. It gets its name from the horizontal spindles that serve as the back support on the chair and are reminiscent of a ladder.” Reference, Wikipedia

This now leads me into these ladder back dining room chairs collected over the years by my mother.

Romantic Table Setting Pretty in Pink

I grew up dining on these antique ladder back chairs as a small girl growing up on the Nubble.

Check out Coastal Maine Heritage | Embracing My Roots here.

These ladder backs were used daily and remain so strong and sturdy even today.

My parents left me 4 of these old chairs and I found 2 of the exact same ladder backs for $25.00 each to add to this collection while out “Thrifting with the Gals“.

Dining Room Table and Chairs


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You may also enjoy seeing more of this “Pewter Tablescape with American Country Antiques here.

Dining Room

Check out this “Simple Yet Imaginative Mixed Pottery Winter Tablehere.

Dining Room Table and Chairs


“These are some of the most recognizable pieces of American furniture,” says Pamela Wiggins, a highly regarded antique and collectible costume jewelry expert and designer in her piece Identifying Shaker Chairs on The Spruce Crafts.

“Some of the most enduringly popular American antique furniture, known as Shaker style, was made not by a single designer, but by a group of people who shared a set of beliefs and an aesthetic. At its height, the Shaker movement included some 6,000 members living in 19 villages stretching from Maine to Indiana—yet this tiny group of people had an impressive impact on American style and design.” – Source: Pamela Wiggins, The Spruce Crafts.

Learn more about The Shakers and Their Furniture here.

This Old Chair

I was fortunate enough to discover these 3 Shaker bar stools at a second-hand shop for $35 a stool. I’ve never seen another set quite like these anywhere.

The beautiful brown wood frame pairs so well with the white Shaker-style seating.

Shaker Style Stools

The shaker stools sit so pretty around our open kitchen island. The size is nice and lean, accommodating this space beautifully.

See more of our Winter White Farmhouse Kitchen here.

You may also check out Shaker Workshops for their shaker furniture kits.


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This Old Chair

You may also enjoy the post, Vintage Braiding Rug Stand | A Mother’s Day Reflection with a recently found vintage captain’s chair.

Braided Rugs, Captains Chair and Braiding Rug Stand

I’m so glad you dropped by, and if you are new to my blog, welcome! I hope you enjoyed your visit with us here today at our Home in Coastal Maine.

Be sure to also check out our Home in Vermont too, where we spend winters enjoying the coziness of home in the Green Mountains of Vermont.

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Next up on today’s tour is my friend Lora from Create and Ponder. You won’t want to miss Lora’s ideas on how to enjoy stools in your home. She’s one of my thrifting buddies too!

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  1. You really do find the best vintage treasures Ann, and at the best prices. I am in love with that green vintage doll chair with the spooling detail. I’ve never seen another one like it. So fun!

  2. OH MY GOLLY your collection of chairs and stools is fabulous! My jaw dropped wide open when I saw the shaker barstools. I’ve never seen them either and what a treasure! Learned so much from your post too. Like fiddle back. Who knew?! I’m so glad you were able to join us this time. Such a great post.

    1. Thank you for having me Cindy. This was such a fun hop💃🏼💃🏼😘

  3. I had a bunch of these chairs in Greece mostly they came with this ugly lacquer finish which took away from their beauty. I also had a small one like the one you pictured. I’d sit up close to the fire on cold winter nights.

  4. I so much enjoyed seeing all of your fabulous antique chairs in your Maine home. You have a knack for finding treasures when you are out and about.

  5. You have such darling chairs!! Old chairs are so charming and have such lovely character! Love your style!

  6. You always find the best goodies, Ann! Every chair in your collection is amazing. I love how they all have a bit of texture to them. The way you have them displayed in your beautiful homes is so warm and inviting. Hope your Valentine’s Weekend is fabulous, CoCo

  7. Hi Ann, wow you really scored for those 2 free chairs, they’re gorgeous. And so glad you could find the extra chairs that matched your parents’ chairs. The wood is gorgeous. And those adorable doll chairs are perfect for display. Have a fun Valentine’s Day!

    1. Thank you so much Debra for stopping by today🥰

  8. Thanks Ann I enjoyed reading about these chairs, you have a beautiful assortment. I do have one but wish for more. Have a great weekend.

    1. Thank you so much Marlene. I so glad you enjoyed it. And me too😉