Tuesday, September 17, 2013

BREAKFAST NOOK NEW FURNITURE PLANS


So would you believe I'm STILL not finished with my dining room table?  I think this is the beginning of week 3 for that project.  I lost count.  When you have to wait 24 hours between each coat of stain and poly, (twice!), and work around real life, it takes forever!  I thought I had the last coat of poly on yesterday, but a few spots dried funny and I'm going to do a light sand and one more coat today.  I guess I needed to work on my patience or something. 

Anyway, with the new table coming in, the table that was in the DR will be moving back to the kitchen.  There's a good story with that one that I'll share later, but for today I wanted to fill you in on what I'm thinking.  Of course, I can't make up my mind!

Here's what I do know:

1) I bought a new (craigslisted) loveseat that will get an overhaul and new upholstery that will go at the head of the table, under the botanicals.  If you've been around a while, you might remember that we had another loveseat there for a while and we really loved it in the kitchen.  That one has since moved back to the living room.  The fabric will be black and white striped (are you surprised?).  It's not the same style as my inspiration image below, but the fabric will be like that one.

2) I've already stripped the table coming back to the kitchen-I figured I might as well go ahead while I had everything out from doing the other table.  Here's a reminder of what it looks like and how it looks now stripped down-



I really want it to have a rustic, farmhouse-type look.  I'm really sort of liking it right now stripped down to the bare wood.  I still need to do some sanding on all of it and staining to get the leaves to match, but I hope to finish it off and achieve that well-worn look.


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Here's what's up in the air:  the side chairs.

I thought about keeping the chairs that are currently there, but I think we're all ready for a change.  I'll probably sell that entire set.  Maybe.



So, there are 4 options that I'm floating between.

1) Keeping what I already have.

2) I have always loved the Louis style oval backed chairs mixed with a rustic table.  I looked at these at World Market several times while we were in Dallas last weekend, and they were really comfortable but something about the wood frame bothered me.  It seemed a little too "fake" or manufactured.  I like either the black (I would probably redo the fabric on the chair back to mix it up) or the linen (not sure if that's the right choice for the kitchen table that we use all. the. time.).  I check Craigslist faithfully but have not ever seen chairs like this.  Even a caned back with this shape would be great.
3) I sort-of have a wild hair to mix some really modern chairs with the table and loveseat.  We sat in and *almost* bought the clear Tobias chairs from Ikea over the weekend.  I thought they were really comfortable but some of the reviews said they cracked after a year or so of normal use, and that scratches can be an issue.  If anyone has these, I'd love to hear your thoughts on them!  




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4) I've had my eye on these Eames knock-offs from Overstock. The big benefits of these chairs for me are the super easy to clean seats, and I like how the wood legs would tie in with the table but still lend a modern look.



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Putting it all together:



So, what do you think?  Do any of my local friends have some oval-backed louis-style chairs they are ready to part with and sell?   :)



18 comments:

  1. i am dying over the direction this is going in- going to be amazing!!!

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  2. I can't help you with the chairs but here's my two cents- I love the stripped down look of the table and it is going to be killer with the striped fabric! My vote is for the eames chairs.

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  3. LOVE the look of modern and rustic! I've seen those reviews too, I used it for a girl's room with good luck, but she wasn't at all hard on it and it didn't get near the use a kitchen chair would. I've been happy with my upholstered bar stools that I sprayed with Scotchgard, it's been two years and they're starting to get dirty, but now I'm ready for a change. :)

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  4. Loving the look of the stripped table as is too. The look of a rustic farm table has always been one of my favorites.

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  5. loving the direction of the settee and eames chairs!!

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  6. I love where this is going and that settee is going to be amazing!!

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  7. It's so funny that you posted about this topic because I am hot on this trail right now too (as poor Pam knows….because I keep emailing her CL listings!) I LOVE your dining table stripped down into it's natural state, and the direction you're going with the rustic-meets-modern vibe!! The black & white stripes would be perfection in your house and those Ikea chairs - yes yes yes!!!!

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  8. Love the table stripped down - LOVE IT! My vote is for the Eames chairs. You've got me kind of obsessed w/those chairs, like I want them! It's all going to look so awesome!

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  9. I love all your ideas and love the table stripped.

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  10. I love your plans for the settee! Black and White...my love!
    I love the #2 chairs.

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  11. I'm on #teameames as well. I want them sooo bad in my own home and I just love them paired with farmhouse style tables. Funny enough our backup to the eames chairs were the clear ones from ikea as well:) Im also really really loving the striped settee thrown in the mix. It's going to look amazing.

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  12. I just posted about our Farmhouse table on my blog and am now in search of chairs! I'm loving the modern look. I even saw those same chairs on Overstock. Great minds :)

    I love the idea of the worn down wood. I think your design ideas are great!

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  13. I love love seats at a table. I always wanted one and I can't wait to see yours!

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  14. Here's one vote for the Louis chairs!!! Upholstered or cane back. Really enjoying your blog, Jennifer! :)

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  15. Can I tell you how much I love your new direction! All the different elements together are going to look fabulous and the backdrop of your botanical gallery wall is over the top. One of my favorite parts of your house. I'm definitely leaning towards the Overstock chairs...those have always had a soft place in my heart. Cannot wait to see it come together. ;)

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  16. Oh I really love it stripped, too. We have that Ikea chair and it is fine although it shows scratches. I actually am in love with the Miss Mustard Seed chairs. I think I would use the one's you have until the perfect set comes along.

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