Breakfast nook! Done! …For now.

Ya know when you finally decide you want something, and you think you’re gonna just bite the bullet and get it, but then a bunch of stuff happens and you never get around to actually purchasing said item, but then it’s Christmas time and your mom buys it for you anyways?

I do.

Because that’s how these pretties ended up in my possession…

They’re the Lucas Wood Grain Accent¬†Chairs from Overstock.

And I LOVE them.

I will say, that when they arrived, there were a few surprises. ¬†Not necessarily bad surprises, but just aspects that I wasn’t expecting. ¬† First, the “wood grain” that they speak of is not on the legs as I’d assumed.

It’s¬†the texture on the seats…

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At first, I was sort of put off by this as I was expecting smooth plastic, but it’s actually kind of grown on me and now I’m totally fine with it.

The second surprise was that it turned out that the wood legs are much lighter than they appeared in the pictures online.

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I was expecting more of a walnut tone, but they’re almost¬†blonde. ¬† They’re not offensive by any means, Thus, I’m living with them as is right now. ¬†I might consider darkening them with Polyshades at a later time… or possibly even lightening them with the Sunbleached Polyshades that I purchased in this post to make them blend more with the table. ¬†Right now, they’re slightly more yellow than the table. ¬†I’m not sure if you’ve gathered this about me by now, but “accidental yellow” isn’t really my thing. ¬†Either way, something will eventually get done. ¬† I’m fine with them for now, though.

Functionality-wise, the chairs are pretty comfortable. ¬†And they’re lightweight which is nice. ¬† The one issue we’ve had so far was that Lucas sat on the edge of a chair, and it tipped right over. ¬† ¬†Hopefully, this isn’t an ongoing thing with stability. ¬†It’s only happened once, so maybe it was random.

In any case, stylistically, ¬†they’re EXACTLY what I wanted for this space. ¬†I can’t wait to show you!!! ¬†But before the grand reveal, let’s take a look at the evolution of this space, shall we??

After moving in, the nook consisted of a mish-mosh of stuff we had from our last house. ¬†And the layout confused me as the lighting fixture wasn’t centered (It was too close to the doors, so a table couldn’t be directly underneath it while still allowing the doors to open) and I wasn’t certain of the traffic flow as of yet, which lead to this uncomfortable weirdness…

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After a few months, I realized that a table could easily be centered and still allow adequate flow in the space. ¬†We installed a new lighting fixture¬†and swagged it farther away from the door so that it could be hung directly above the table…

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Next, I found a beat-up pedestal table for $40 on Craigslist and refinished it¬†a lovely sunbleached color. ¬†I’m still completely enamored with how it turned out. ¬†Plus, the circular table GREATLY improved flow and the pedestal helped to reduce visual clutter in the space….

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But those red bird chairs, just weren’t doing it for me, so as an interim step until we could afford new dining chairs, I recovered the seats with a neutral fabric (and added a thrifted pot and awesome sauce vintage shoe mirror)…

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And now, the piece de resistance, the cheese to my macaroni, the peas to my carrots… Our new dining chairs…

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I have to say that I’m pretty happy where we’re at right now with this space. ¬† I love the dimension and style that the chairs offer.
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And the black metal accents on the chairs really tie into the lighting fixture nicely.

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I pretty much want to stare at these pictures forever like a total creeper…

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Aerial shot!!!

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Heart bubbles are coming out of my eyes right now.

That’s strange, right?

I KNOW.

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Anyhoo, now that this area of the room is close to completion, we’re hoping to set our sights on the outdated kitchen portion of the room that I’ve conveniently not included in these shots. ¬† Hopefully soon we’ll be getting¬†estimates for new countertops. ¬† Then, FINALLY¬†we’ll be replacing the appliances.

So, wish us luck with that! ¬† In any case, we’re LOVING the breakfast nook where it’s currently at and can’t wait to create a a kitchen that compliments it.

You guys have a great weekend and stay warm!! ūüôā

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Eight Dollar chairs… Part Deux

The other day, I made my first official by-the-yard fabric purchase. I went to Joann Fabrics in search of upholstery material to recover the seat cushions for our new dining chairs (see how I refinished the frames here). I was a little overwhelmed at first as I stood at the entrance and took in the endless fabric choices lining the walls and floor. After walking around a bit, I located the upholstery fabric section which is where I first laid eyes on this glorious sight…

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It’s called Oslo Spice. And I absolutely fell in love. Hook, line, sinker. It’s modern, quirky, with just the right balance of bright and neutral colors. The small pops of white would tie in perfectly with my freshly painted chair frames, but it wasn’t too much white to where I would be worried about constant stains. Then, I looked at the price (cue the womp-womp)… $44.99/yard. And I would need 2 yards. Even with the 40% off coupon I had, that was still about 27 bucks a yard for a grand total of $54 plus tax for 2 yards of fabric. Figures that I would become enamored of fabric that I would never justify paying for. I mean, these are $8 chairs.

So, I walked around Joann in search of another option. To no avail. I just kept coming back to my birdie fabric and staring at it in despair. On a whim, I decided to check my phone to see if I could find the same fabric cheaper online. Which is when I found this…

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$14/yard????!!!!!!! Shut the front door. So, I tracked down a sales associate and asked if they offer price-matching. And she said (wait for it)… YES!!! Oh, happy day!! I showed her the online listing and she happily cut me 2 yards of my beloved fabric and assigned it the total price of $28 buckaroos. Heck. Yeah. I figure it never hurts to ask, and this time it was so completely worth it.

So, I headed home in a haze of bliss with my sexy fabric in tow.

Now, it was time to recover. I think the trickiest part was determining which part of the fabric to center on the seat. I just played around with it until I liked it, then cut the fabric leaving a few inches of excess material for stapling.

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Now for the fun part. I grabbed our staple gun and started in the middle of the top, stapled, then pulled the fabric taut and stapled the same spot on the opposite side on the bottom.

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I turned over the cushion to be sure the pattern was centered. Then, I did the same thing with the left and right sides… one staple in the middle, then double-checking the front for centeredness.

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Then, I just worked from the middle staple out until I reached the corner, stapling the top, then the opposite spot on the bottom, pulling tightly each time. Then, I repeated this on the left and right sides. The corners took a little experimentation. I just tugged, folded, and stapled until I had a nice smooth result. When I was finished, it looked like this…

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I trimmed the excess, flipped it over and admired my cushion….

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Then, I moved onto the other 5 cushions (which took about a week to crank out… Alas, I have a toddler.). When I was done, I took them into the backyard, laid them on an old sheet and Scotch-Garded them (again, toddler).

Aaaannnd drumroll please!! Here is the final result….

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I mean, how darn cute are they?? Seriously!! And a little “before” action for comparison…

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And here’s a “before” of our dining area…

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And here it is now….

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We’re absolutely LOVING it. The chairs really perk up the area and make it feel more fun and casual. And I’m not gonna lie. I’ve totally made extra trips past the table just to smile at it. All that hard work was completely worth it. As you can see, we decided to only use 4 of the chairs at the table (five looked kind of busy). I stuck a leather chair at the head of the table for some contrast, and while I like it, I’m playing with the idea of replacing it with something along these lines….

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…from World Market (And Target recently).¬† Or maybe this from Ikea…. (Which they also have in green…hmmm…)…

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And check this out….

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That’s a lily stalk from the flowers that Joey brought home in this post. All of his floral siblings went to the giant flowermart in the sky weeks ago, yet this guy is still truckin’ THREE WEEKS later. Yeah. I’ll have what he’s having.

Anyhoo, as for the other two chairs, we stuck them under the sofa table for the time being….

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I’m not sure I’m totally digging them there yet. It just seems like a bunch of chairs in one small area to me between these two, the dining chairs and barstools, but we’ll live with them there for a while before making a final decision. I would actually love to see some kind of nifty upholstered (Or woven?) bench under this table one day. I guess we’ll see what [shopping] dreams may come!

So, here’s an approximate cost breakdown for these chairs:

6 chairs- $48
Oops! spray paint- $10
White paint- already owned
Primer- already owned
Fabric- $30 (estimated with tax)
Wood filler- already owned
Sandpaper- already owned
Shellac primer (for the two repainted chairs) – $14

Total- $102 (Or ~$17 per chair)

Not too shabby for six one-of-a kind chairs! Plus, once we sell our leather chairs, we’ll likely make this back plus some (which will then go into the next project… heehee!). Love you, Craigslist. Kisses!

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