Today’s post has been a loooong time in the making. As in, it started last July. Our little Ikea dining room table that we had been using for years was on it’s last legs (very punny), as were the chairs that came with it. Lucky for me, Joel is almost always up for a new project, and we worked together to design a new table… “Worked together” meaning I told him what I wanted and he did the work.
I wanted a farmhouse styled table, but without braces along the bottom like farmhouse tables often have. I thought it would be much easier to clean underneath without them, and wanted simple, clean lines, while still having a rustic feel.
We also wanted a table large enough for 8 people if needed, but not so huge that it overpowers our dining space.
As usual, life got busy, and it wasn’t until November when the table was finally finished – no thanks to me of course. We also had plans to build two benches for seating, but as so often happens, Craigslist changed our plans, hehe. Just as he was ready to start on the benches, Joel found 6 of these chairs for $5 each. I really loved the style and details of the chairs, and soon enough they were in our garage.
The chairs seemed to be doomed from the start, with first our paint sprayer dying mid project, and then the original fabric I ordered to reupholster them being back ordered for months with no telling when it would arrive. As you can see in the photos, one chair out of the six is still MIA – actually I know exactly where it is, but I’ll just say it’s in a lot more than one piece at the moment :). We normally use other chairs (that are half-repainted as I type) for the boys’ booster seats, so the five chairs are more than enough for now.
My new plan is to keep just the 5 chairs, and have Joel make one bench instead of two (I may have not mentioned that tidbit to him yet). Maybe it’ll even happen before next July! You probably shouldn’t hold your breath on that one though.
So after waiting for months and starting to give up hope that the fabric for the chairs would ever arrive, I made a change in plans thanks to this amazing Echino laminated cotton fabric from ModeS. I fell in love with the quirkiness, and was able to cancel my back ordered fabric from the other company.
In the end it couldn’t have worked out more serendipitous, and later this week I’m going to give you the full run down on exactly how I did the chairs, including a tutorial on reupholstering chairs with laminated cotton.
So there you have it! It feels so nice to have a couple of big projects done, and move on to the next!