Sitting Pretty On New Kitchen Chairs

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Just like on HGTV, here’s a teaser for the BIG REVEAL.

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I’M ALL ABOUT MISMATCHED CHAIRS.  If things are too matchy-matchy, I get nervous. [What if I stain or break something? Then what? Things won’t match.]

I prefer the positive energy that eclectic style brings to a space.  So after years of perfectly coordinating table and chairs in our kitchen, it was time for a change.

Here’s the story.

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Is this box from Hannibal Lecter or Pottery Barn?

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I BEGAN THIS PROJECT BY SEARCHING for chairs in brick & mortar stores and online.  Eventually I decided which new chairs I wanted around our Ethan Allen kitchen table, which we’ve had since we moved here 15 years ago.

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UPS plopped this very large box, filled with chair pieces + hardware, on our front stoop and I dragged it inside.

To make the table look better, Zen-Den painted the pedestal a warm neutral shade, SW6141 Softer Tan.

I figured that we’d use 2 dining chairs from Arhaus that we already had, knew to be comfortable, and were no longer being used in the dining room.  To these we would add 2 new chairs from Pottery Barn, ordered online.

We received the Pottery Barn chair pieces in a very large box.  Then one of us put them together in the foyer on Sunday morning while the other one of us photographed the event.  For posterity, ‘ya know?

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Looking lonely, a chair back leans against the wall, waiting to join together with other chair pieces to make a seat.

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I’M GROOVING ON THESE NEW CHAIRS, brilliantly built by Zen-Den.  After sitting on the wobbly, match-y Ethan Allen Windsor chairs that came with this table, these new sturdy chairs are wonderful.

They coordinate with, but don’t match, our former dining room chairs repurposed as kitchen chairs– all of which makes my frugal, design-y heart happy.

No higher praise than that, eh?

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The BIG REVEAL shows my eclectic sense of style works for us.

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[Hello FTC!  I know it’s been so long since we spoke, but I wanted to make sure that you understood that there was no monetary &/or other compensation involved with these kitchen chairs.  The foregoing is my opinion about things, shared here– just ‘cuz I can.  We good?]  

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Ally Bean

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29 thoughts on “Sitting Pretty On New Kitchen Chairs”

  1. Ooohhhh! I like! Love the black padded chairs. I got rid of some 30-year-old but still perfect Windsor chairs for something padded and more comfy in the kitchen. I opted for a glass top bamboo table and chairs on casters. I’ve had my dining room furniture since 1990 and all is perfect but I long to update with chairs like that. Don’t need to, so my frugal side stops me. We have the same tile backsplash with the same (or similar) cabinets. My counter top is different. We must have similar tastes. (Love Pottery Barn stuff!)

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    1. Kate, from the photos you’ve posted of your home, I’d say that we do have similar tastes. Those Windsor chairs, while stylish, were the most uncomfortable things to sit on. Not sorry to see them go. I understand about frugal. It stops me more times than not!

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  2. Gorgeous! I love the new chairs along with your padded ones. And I especially love the paint color on the bottom of the table. Well done! Enjoy!

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    1. Carrie, thanks. As for your project, I’m sure that with the right amount of angst and fiddle-fiddling, your inner designer will come out and you’ll be able to put it all together.

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  3. I love the pairs of chairs. The room looks inviting. Our kitchen chairs are some sturdy ones my husband grew up with – we snatched the, quickly when the house was closed up. Old and I sometimes wish for more stylish, but so comfy. And that frugal thing. At least I don’t have to go nuts if the dog decides to “taste” one of the bottom rungs…just mildly – oh, pretty darn annoyed, Molly.
    Chairs make the room. Looks great

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    1. philmouse, thanks. I’m all about comfort around a kitchen table. I’d like old chairs IF they were sturdy, but pending that I’ll be happy with my pair-chair scheme. No need to fret over mis-matchy-ness.

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    1. Margaret, it’s a nice place to hang out. What with the view of the forest and the ability to see the TV in the family room, I could sit there for hours! Stop by any time. 🙂

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  4. I like your chairs. It’s a good balance of not matchy but not hideous mix. I like the trend, especially when done well. I want a comparatively low table with comfy upholstered chairs on coasters. They don’t have to match. Comfort while eating and visiting would be a great thing.

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    1. Jazzy, I agree about comfort. I don’t know how well I’d do with chairs on coasters. I’m afraid that I’d be sliding all over the kitchen, unable to control my trajectory!

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  5. Nice! Though, since you raised the question, now I can’t stop wondering what your chairs would look like if that box *had* been from Hannibal Lecter…

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