Happy Friday, all! Now that the Super Secret Design Project is almost done, I’m turning my attention back to our dining room. The cabinet I ordered is on its way and should be here this weekend, so now it’s time to think about the chairs. The Friday Five today focuses on dining room chair choices.
I don’t know why choosing dining room chairs is so difficult. I guess it’s because I want something that’s a bit unique. I don’t want formal dining chairs, but rather something with character and a more industrial, rustic look. So, here’s what I’ve come up with:
1. The Current Chairs
Right now, we have two metal chairs and four upholstered chairs. The upholstered chairs are these:
I bought these chairs from Pier 1 about 13 or 14 years ago. They used to be brown paisley print. I re-covered them – see THIS POST for how I reupholstered them – and now they’re gray with faux nailhead trim.
I like them as gray chairs and the gray upholstery (from JoAnn) has held up well, but the nailhead trim isn’t as sturdy as I’d hoped (it isn’t real nailhead trim; it’s more like a garland that you nail into place at even intervals). The chairs are still in good shape, but they’re a bit formal for the look I’m going for. That said, it’s free to keep them as our chair choice.
I love the metal chairs, which are Tolix or Tolix-style chairs:
I bought them at a furnishings consignment store several years ago. So choice #2 could be:
2. More Tolix
We could just get more chairs that match the Tolix ones. For example, these Tolix Chairs (<- affiliate link), but in a darker finish:
I love these, but – realistically – would someone want to sit in them for a long holiday dinner? I’m not so sure. So, that leads to #3…
3. Schoolhouse Rockin’ Chairs
I found these “Scholar” chairs at Crate and Barrel and I have to admit, I love them:
A wooden seat means it’s more comfortable than the metal chairs, but it has metal legs, which coordinates with the metal chairs we already have. Plus, I have a thing for old school things (lockers, maps, globes, etc.), so these chairs that look like old school chairs make my heart go pitter patter. And at $99.95, they certainly are reasonable.
4. French Country Charm
Choice #4 is a bit more formal and more French country than industrial:
I really like these; I love the distressed wood and the metal accents (the rivets). But I wonder how comfortable those seats are.
5. A Little More Modern Seat
Last, but not least, I found these guys:
I found two chairs like these at Marshalls, too, but they were too short for our dining room table and I ended up using them in the Super Secret Design Project instead:
But I really like them and wonder if they’re all that same height. They are actually really comfortable and they come in several colors.
So, there are the Friday Five: dining room chair choices. Which would you choose? Share your opinion in the comments! Have a great weekend!!
Mary D says
I love the modern – it’s more my style – but I actually like the gray reupholstered chairs – with a modern on both ends…. The topic might be not so comfy — something upholstered softens any hard edges in the room… My only thing that feels off are the two dressers/ bureaus relatively next to each other … Feels heavy
Karen Cooper says
Hi Mary – The big buffet is going bye-bye; a friend is buying it. The chest by the chimney is staying and I’m getting a new cabinet that is going to go on the other side of the room to balance it out. I like the idea of softening the room with the upholstery. Thanks!
I vote for the Modern seats. I like the mix of metal and wood on the legs and the seats look comfortable yet easy to clean.
I always covet those upholstered chairs when I look through the Pier One catalog – I’m glad to know they hold up over time.
May I ask where you found the quatrefoil rug under your table?
Karen Cooper says
Thanks! The rug is from Mohawk Flooring. I got the rug directly from Mohawk (see this post: https://www.dogsdonteatpizza.com/not-jute-rug-type/) but you can buy the rug at Walmart: http://www.walmart.com/ip/Mohawk-Home-Hampton-Woven-Area-Rug/31175377. Oh, and yes, the Pier 1 chairs have held up great! Thank you!
I was first drawn to the French Country Charm, but the Schoolhouse Rockin’ Chairs have won out! I kept going back and forth between the pictures of the chairs and the dining room picture, trying to visualize each chair at the table! I like the wood and the school look to go along with your globes, maps, and lockers. I think those chairs will look great at your table. Speaking of school….Being a teacher, I zoomed in on the white board, the white board cleaner, eraser, and welcome back message in the picture of the chairs at the Secret Design project location : ) Hmmmmm. Enjoy your weekend! Karen
P.S. To Mary D. Karen is planning on changing out the bureau that does not have the globes on it, from the dining room.
Karen Cooper says
Karen – you are a super sleuth! 😉 Thanks for your input on the chairs. I’m leaning toward the schoolhouse rock ones, too! Thank you!