Four years ago, we moved into this house. We had no idea what the cost of living here would be. We self-labeled ourselves as ‘house poor’ and we didn’t do hardly any renovations for the first year just simply because we were trying to be smart about our spending. We wanted to see how much the payments would be for things like heating and air conditioning and since this house was a foreclosure, there were necessities (like a furnace, water heater and fridge) that we had to buy. Being a blogger that has always talked about our home renovations, this was a weird place to be. Also, we discovered that our old furniture didn’t really fit the scale of the new house. The stuff looked miniature. Like we were in a castle with hobbit furniture. Or we didn’t have the right stuff….like no kitchen table or chairs.
All that to say, when my mom offered up six old kitchen chairs, I jumped on those like a tick on a deer. I gave them a proper makeover and they looked great. Fast forward four years and we are down to two. RIP four red chairs. May they rest in peace…err….pieces.
Don’t get me wrong….I do love these two chairs we have left….but they are just closing in on twenty five years old and they are showing their age. I’ve glued and ‘tooth picked’ them more than I care to admit.
The spindles are coming out constantly and the supports under the legs are coming apart too now.
And the biggest problem is the cleaning. I can’t keep up with them. They are pretty much impossible to keep clean. They literally need wiping down after every meal and they take at least ten minutes a chair….ten minutes that I just don’t have. And honestly….the floor is so hard to keep clean that I really want to just have easy chairs.
After a little brainstorming sesh with Jer, we decided that we needed four matching METAL chairs…ones that the boys would be hard pressed to destroy in a year or two. I wanted them to look a little rustic….nothing too perfect because if they did get scratched or marked up, I just want to act like it’s part of their charm. And I wanted them to look good with our holiday stuff….no colors….and also with the island stools that have this bentwood vintage cool kid thing going on.
I did a little shopping and in the end, settled on Bristow Metal chair in Antique Black. Other sites sell these but these are the cheapest ones I could find with a black-to-distressed-silver look and had free shipping. I paid $268 for all four ($67 each chair) which is completely fair for a kitchen chair. Target has some but their black versions distress to gold and I didn’t love that in my kitchen. The cheapest price I found online was from a restaurant furniture site. Those were only $46 per chair but didn’t come in black or distressed.
They are also stackable which is great for me…because you just never know how many high chairs we will need at any time. I also just wanna warn ya that if you are in the market for chairs, your rump can’t be huge if you get these chairs….like my buns are the max. I can sit comfortably in these but I am sure that my big brother would have an issue….the guy has tree trunks for thighs and this would be like perching on a stick for him. Seriously, he can like squat a bazillion pounds.
So that is our update in the kitchen. I can seriously say that I feel like this space is really close to being done for me. I want to hang a wall clock…because apparently those are helpful….and do a few little minor changes….but for the most part, I love the way this space works for us. And that’s a good thing because it’s the only room in the house that is close to completion and we spend the majority of our time in here!
That’s my mini kitchen update for ya….and now we are gonna head back outside for more deck fun! Side note – wish us luck….today Jeremy took our paperwork in for taxes….it’s always one of those days that I seriously hold my breath all freaking day. I know it won’t be completed today but still…the entire thing is so daunting! Hopefully Uncle Sam is nice to us this year 🙂 And thank you to everyone praying for my Uncle. He is on life support and miraculously his kidney did start functioning again….so that is great news but he still has a big battle ahead. We should know more in the coming weeks. So many kisses for you guys!