March 3, 2017

Our First House: Dining Area | The Chair Debate

Today marks six weeks until we close!  It still seems so far off but at the same time, it's hard to believe we've already been out of our apartment for 6 weeks and 2 days (...I'm not counting or anything 😉).  Time sure is flying.

The older I get, the more sentimental I've become about my heritage.  The coffee and end tables Mike made were from his family's barn, dating back to the 1800s, some of the furniture I've collected has been passed down from my parents, and over the years, my design style has morphed into that of my paternal grandparents.

September 2014 - two months before it was taken down

Still having some barn wood leftover, Mike wants to make our farm table.  I've requested chunky legs and am using this Sumner Dining Table (in rustic pine; discontinued) as my inspiration.  My aunt and uncle have this table and it's such a beautiful piece.

These images below are my vision for our dining area:

Now that the table is settled, I knew I wanted these Willa dining chairs from Crate and Barrel.  The only problem was once we were under contract on the house last month, they were out of stock and discontinued.  My heart had been set on these for the good portion of two years... talk about a major bummer.

I know I annoyed Mike showing him many variations of black Windsor and Ladderback chairs.  I even contemplated buying these Willa chairs in white and paining them black but Mike said that was a waste of a new chair, time, and money.  And I knew he was right.  Like all of my furniture pieces, I wanted to purchase quality chairs that would last our lifetime.

After hours and hours of browsing online, and even searching a local furniture shop in town, I was about to give up and settle for a set I wasn't thrilled about when a lightbulb went off.  Unfinished chairs!  I can't believe I didn't think of it sooner.

I immediately fell in love with these Copenhagen chairs for two reasons:
  1. They are almost identical to the set my paternal grandparents had in Cherry, which is now my father's dining set.
  2. I like to think of their name, Copenhagen, as tribute to my Danish heritage on my mother's side.
My dad is very talented when it comes to carpentry, painting, and pretty much everything around the house!  He's given my very helpful instructions for how to paint these, which I plan to share once we move and the project is complete.  Have you had any experience with unfinished furniture?

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