They were nothing special, but they had simple lines and they were just sitting out by the trash, so I decided to rescue them, DIY blogger style.
David was not excited about this plan because he does not like half-finished or never-really-started projects sitting around, while my whole life is basically a series of half-finished or never-really-started projects that keep me busy. Anyway, this was still in my post-Eliza haze and considering it was probably the first time I'd shown interest in anything beyond watching countless episodes of Say Yes to the Dress, David obliged me by pulling the chairs out of the garbage and putting them in our shed.
And they lived there for two years.
|Not so cute. YET.|
When we moved, David wanted to leave them at the old house or throw them away. I insisted that they move with us. You never know! They are my project!
So he loaded them up and moved them to the new house.
As he was putting together my Very Fancy Italian Marble Bistro Table, I was spray-painting our kitchen bar stools to cute them up a little so they wouldn't feel so underdressed next to the Very Fancy Italian Marble Bistro Table.
|Looking a little blah.|
|All taped up and ready to go!|
|Looking shiny and new!|
|Should have seen this coming...|
DING DING DING! I had the perfect pair of chairs, sitting out in the garage. I believe they had been waiting their entire lives for this moment!
|I've been waiting my whole life for this moment!|
The original seats were covered in a super ugly brown vinyl and there was no cushion to speak of.
|Double U: Ugly and Uncomfortable|
We decided not to remove the ancient vinyl, which was held in place by a ridiculous number of tiny little nails. I just layered the foam over it and then wrapped and stapled the batting around it to keep the foam in place.
|Foam, cut to fit the seat.|
|And covered with batting.|
|These are actually David's hands.|
|I hammered in a few staples to make sure they were flush.|
|Double C: Cute and Comfortable|
And now our breakfast nook looks like this:
|At night because the light shining through the windows during the day makes my photos so backlit you can't see anything.|
Breakdown cost of the table:
marble top: $40
table base (with shipping): $130
chairs: $0 (salvaged from dumpster)
3 cans spray paint: $18
fabric and foam for cushions: $30
Total amount spent: $218 for a marble bistro table and two chairs.
Now I just need to work up the energy and find the time and convince my husband it's a good idea to paint our cabinets!