Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Dining Chair Redo: Intro

I mentioned a DR table a while back that the Mr. found on the side of the road.

We had/have a plan to stain the top and pedestal ebony and paint the apron white. Then we were going to collect mismatched chairs to complement it. Our inspiration was the kitchen "set" from the Friends t.v. show, only a bit less country-ish. I want to paint all the chairs white and upholster them all the same to create cohesion, like this or this, but I can't find a fabric I want to settle on!

Here's the chair Before shot:

And here are some shots of the DR to give you an idea of... I don't know; what I've got going on so far? The furniture? The layout? Yeah, I guess. The wall paint is Behr Pale Moon, the tie-ups are a pale off-white or "natural" tone, and the china cabinet is BM White Dove.

There will eventually be drapes in the windows; whenever the Mr. finishes the rod brackets and I, guess what? PICK A FABRIC!

Imagine an external curtain rod over the stairwell and a shelf like this over the little dresser.

I would like to do a plate wall between the kitchen and the door, if I can find some plate hangers that don't make me ill from their hideousness. They all have a plastic coating over the gripper feet and you can see into the end of the tube! Ick. I'm sure people aren't going to be staring at my plate hangers, but still... I know they exist because I ordered a plate from Etsy and the girl sent it with a hanger that looked comparatively nice. The sticky hangers won't work. We have stuccoed walls and don't forget this incident... I am not risking heirloom china by sticking it to the wall, that's just asking for trouble!

Anyway, back to the fabric. HELP! Please. I like fade-ey tones like dusty aqua, peony-ish pink, apple green; nothing too crazy or over the top; crazy patterns make me nervous, but a maybe a simple one (just two or three colors) for EITHER the windows or the chairs might be nice. I thought about ticking for the chairs, but white and navy won't work for me. Do they make fun colored ticking now? I really, REALLY like everything going on in Ashley's house; the colors, the antiques, the funawesomelightheartedness of every room. I also like the colors and designs Nester comes up with. Basically simple, but with lots of personality. It can be done, but apparently not by me...

So.... any ideas? Please?


Anonymous said...

Ooh, I still haven't decided on the fabric for MY drapes. Wish I was of more help. I can't believe you found a dining table on the side of the road, and your chair is way cute.

Anonymous said...

I love the idea of having mis-matched chairs. My parents bought my dining set for me and as much as I love them, I've never liked the chairs. I keep looking at chairs to switch them out, but haven't found what I'm looking for.

Sara @ Russet Street Reno said...

How about getting long thin shelves to display plates instead of mounting them to the wall? I love that look, personally. I have a similar table that my future MIL gave to us, not sure how I will finish it or what I will do for chairs. We must keep in touch with ideas!

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

Ooo.... can't wait to see the table. It's going to look amazing.

I'm truly horrible with fabric. I wish I had the knack some folks have. I really love the idea of the plates wall, but I also love Sara's idea for the long shelves, and that's much more organic looking, in my opinion.

Jane @ The Borrowed Abode said...

I think I'd aim for a fabric that ties into the black/white rug, so maybe black, white, and one of the fun colors you mentioned?

Have you checked,, and even ? Those are my go-to sources for fabrics.

I LOVE that chair, and your husband is awesome for scoring that table base!!