Category Archives: dining rooms

houston, the chairs have landed

7th December 2012

So you guys remember those white eiffel chairs I bought a few weeks ago from HomeSav? Well, they arrived over the weekend and I am in love. Seriously over the moon.

The story of how they arrived is kinda funny. I got home one evening to find the puralator note saying that they had been and I had something to pick up at their outlet. I had ordered a couple of calendars, so figuring that that’s what they were, the next day I just strolled down to our ‘hood to pick them up (probably a 15 minute walk). I handed the guy my slip, and he proceeded to go to the back and bring up two huge boxes. The guy totally laughed at me when he saw the bug-eyed look on my face (and then my total squealing when I realized they were the chairs). These boxes weren’t really of the stroll back to my house with them in hand variety. Whoops. I went back the next morning with hubby and car in tow… to bring home two of these bad boy boxes.

I couldn’t wait even two minutes before ripping these boxes open and getting started on putting them together. Luckily, hubby didn’t mind my over-excitement and was happy to help.

The legs and chair tops came separately, all wrapped really well. No damages or anything to worry about.

Dan screwed the bases to the tops (it was SUPER easy – like 2 minutes per chair)..

.. and then I stuck some of those felt bottoms to the four legs. I don’t know about you guys, but I use these on everything. Not only does it mean less damage to your floors, but the chairs just slide so much more easily, too.

And here they are put together! The white is a beautiful rich white, and not too creamy coloured.

The bases are gorgeous too. I love the contrast between the black metal and the light wood legs. They have so much interest and dimension. Come to mama.

And one of the best parts? How easily all 6 tuck under our table. They take up so much less space than our 4 old big ones (way shorter and more narrow), and actually make the whole room feel bigger. And just more sexy. Ya, I said it. These chairs are hot little tomales.

We had some friends over for a little Christmas celebration last Saturday (the same day the chairs arrived), hence the cookies and things. But see how nicely the chairs work with the table? The juxtoposition of rustic table + modern white chairs is totally my bag.

Oh and the comfort is amazing. I sat at the dining room table this week for several hours in a row doing work and my backside was happy as a clam. They have a nice amount of give to them, but keep your posture nice and tall.

Alright I think that’s enough oohing and ahhing over the chairs. They aren’t for sale anymore on HomeSav, but I know that they come up from time to time. Make sure you sign up for HomeSav and keep your eyes peeled if you’re interested. Plus they have lots of great deals on other stuff there too.

Have a favourite chair of your own? Do you love the Eames ones as much as I do? Their designs  were just so smart and so comfortable, don’t you think? Have any big weekend plans? We’re doing some Christmas celebrating with Dan’s side of the fam. Food, laughs, tree decorating. Can’t wait! 

the DIY harvest table: stage 3 (the finale!)

1st November 2012

After struggling a bit to move in the table (this thing is solid… !), I got to the really fun part – styling. In case you missed it, check back here to see how I used Ana White’s plans to build this table (with help from my Daddio), and here for all the sanding + staining info.

Let’s take a little trip back down memory lane. This is how the dining room was looking a couple weeks ago. We liked our white table (it’s a hand-me-down from family), and hope to use it again down the road, but I had always dreamed of having a rustic farmhouse style table.

And, well, now I do! Here are all the ‘after’ shots.

I love the honey colour that the stain gave the table. It’s warm and really ties in nicely with the other elements in the room (like the pine cupboard which is a really similar shade).

I love the way the knots really came to life with the stain, and the screw holes that we filled and stained over look totally fine. They just add to the character of the table.

With our old table, even though it was the same size, we could never comfortably get 6 chairs around it. The way the legs crossed underneath meant you could only tuck in 1 chair per side. With our new table, we can definitely accommodate 6 (hence my setting for 6 in these pics). You know what that means?? We need new dining room chairs. Help me convince the hubby, k?

I feel like the whole room seems more grounded now. Sitting on our sofa and glancing over at this table makes me oh-so-happy.

The budget breakdown for this beauty?

  • $95 on wood (construction grade spruce for the legs and pine for the top)
  • $7.50 on screws
  • $45 on wood conditioner, stain, and polyurathane (and there is tons of this stuff left over for future projects!)
  • sandpaper and safety equipment provided free of charge by 3M
  • all tools needed to make the table were already owned by my lovely ‘Pa

TOTAL: $147.50

Definitely not bad when you compare it to what farmhouse tables cost from places like Restoration Hardware or even from local builders. Plus the other really great thing (that is totally priceless)? I got to make this with my Dad. Just he and I, in his workshop. That’s the best.

And since this table idea was born from Pinterest (where I was pinning DIY harvest tables left and right), I have linked up to the fall pinterest challenge. You know the one that Sherry and Katie dreamed up to get us off our butts and “stop pinning, and start doing”?

Alright guys, have I convinced you to go build something? Just go check out Ana White to get inspired. Holy moly, that gal is amazing. I think I’m going to go sit and have a cuppa tea at my new table.

Products from 3M were received free of charge for this project, however opinions are all me! 

the dining room, take two

14th September 2012

With the living room upgrades that have been going on around here, we couldn’t just ignore the attached dining room. Girl needed a bit of love too.

Here is the dining room on inspection day, even before we moved in (with my ‘Pa and building inspector in tow).

And this is how the room looked about a year ago. A bunch of furniture that had been passed down to us from family when we moved in our pad, and a bevy of frames.

Then I tackled this crafty project for the room – stencilled curtains and my $10 curtain rod. I loved how they looked, but when we brought the geometric rug into the adjoining room, there was just too much pattern everywhere.

The stencilled curtains were tucked away for now and replaced with light white curtains (the Vivan ones from IKEA), and there was some furniture shifting. The pine hutch, which had been too big in the living room and was replaced with our new glass shelving unit, was brought over to the dining room. It’s a must-have piece in our little pad as it holds ALL of my arts/craft supplies – it’s like a studio in a box (organizing that bad boy needs a post all on its own). We couldn’t have the two hutches beside each other, so brought in the low dresser I had re-painted, which now holds all of our dining room things (linens, candles, etc).

The plant (a Benjamin Ficus) was a recent gift and we love how it balances out the hutch on the other side of the dresser and breathes some life into the room.

All in all, it feels a whole lot lighter and more breathable in here now, but there are still things I’d like to do to this space. I have dreams of building our own harvest table out of barn board, adding a jute rug, and possibly DIY’ing a big orb pendant light fixture. I’m also still on the fence about re-painting the walls, like I am for the living room.

So that’s where we are with the dining room. Still taking a while to get to that finished product (or maybe there won’t ever be a finished product for a house-tweaker like me?), but we’re getting there. It’s fun to work away at it!

Any living room makeovers in your neck of the woods recently? Or doing any furniture shifting between rooms? And since it’s the weekend, got any big plans? The hubby is working this weekend, so I have some girlfriend dates planned and some crafty projects on the go. Looking forward to it!