I’ve been on the lookout for the perfect dining chairs for at least four months now, and I still haven’t found them. I know I want fully upholstered end chairs, but then I need eight side chairs to coordinate. I’ve been keeping an eye on my local Craigslist, but the chances of finding eight matching dining chairs that I actually like are slim to none, and I don’t want to do the mix-and-match thing in my dining room. I’ve also searched local furniture stores with no success at all.
One problem is that I haven’t really known exactly what it is that I want, or what I’m looking for. It was just one of those “I’ll know it when I see it” kinds of things. The second problem is that while I didn’t know exactly what I wanted, what I did know is that I will almost certainly want custom paint and/or fabric on my chairs. So paying for brand new chairs knowing that I’m going to turn right around and add new paint and/or fabric just seems like such a waste to me. That’s why I had hoped to find a deal on Craigslist, but that’s probably not going to happen.
Anyway, now that I have my all white dining room, and I can finally envision how furniture and fabric will fit into it, I think I finally know what I want. It looks something like this…
Yep, I’m pretty sure I want dark green chairs with seats covered in black and white (minus the gray and taupe) fabric.
Y’all know I love my green, black and white color combo, and I think it’ll be perfect for dining chairs.
So I’ve pretty much resigned myself to the fact that I’ll have to buy all new chairs, but I don’t want to spend a fortune, so I’ve been searching Overstock.com for some interesting chairs at decent prices. I’ve actually found a few that I think might work quite well.
I like the simple design on the back of these chairs, as well as the turned front legs. I can’t stand the finish on them, but of course, I’d paint them. And $137 for two chairs seems like a very good price to me.
I also really like these, and they look like they might be a bit sturdier. They have a more country look to them, but I think that’s because of the white paint and natural linen colored seat. I can’t imagine them looking country in an emerald paint finish with black and white seat. These are $163 for a pair.
These are probably my favorite, but they don’t have upholstered seats. I know I could upholster them, but it’s just so much easier (and cheaper) to reupholster seats that already have foam and batting on them, rather than having to buy all new foam and batting, and turning a wood seat into an upholstered seat. They’re the cheapest at $125 for a pair, but I’d make up the difference in foam and batting, so the lower price really isn’t an incentive to buy them. And I’m also concerned about the backs looking really busy with three or four of those chairs lined up on each side of the table.
I’d love to find something with a very simple but sturdy design, but all of the simple designs I find have a very decidedly country or craftsman look to them, in my opinion.
But then again, those might not look country at all once they’re painted green and have black and white fabric on them.
Anyway, that’s the direction I’m heading for my dining chairs. Now it’s just a matter of finding the perfect chairs that I can paint and reupholster. Are there any other websites that you know of that have really good deals on dining chairs and other furniture? I always head right to Overstock.com, but I’m sure there are other online stores out there that have equally reasonable prices that I’m just not aware of. If you know of any, please share!