October 11, 2016

New Counter Stools and Why I Chose Them

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you might remember my endless search for counter stools.

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My kitchen renovation was completed over a year ago and until recently, I didn't have any counter stools!  Sad, but true...
Counter Stool decision (and a cute golden!)
Rosie still looks sad about it!

But as you can see, I finally made a decision and actually committed!
White kitchen with cherry island and matching counter stools
After much consideration and way too many hours spent obsessing, these counter stools were the winners!  Not only do they work well in the space but I am almost embarrassed at how ridiculously inexpensive they were!  I have seen similar looking ones at Pottery Barn and Grandin Road that are nowhere near this price!

New Counter Stools - the decision has been made!
Not only was the price amazing but they also came assembled!  I didn't know what to expect before they arrived because some of the reviews stated they were easy to assemble and some reviews mentioned how they came assembled.  Luckily, mine arrived assembled.  All I had to do was open the box and place them in the kitchen!

Rush seat counter stools at island
I was also pleasantly surprised at how well the wood matched my island.  So many of the counter stools I auditioned for the space were more of a reddish brown.  These are a more brownish brown.  



Rush Seat Counter Stools at cherry island
They are slightly darker than the island but I am not going to be that picky!  I actually like the little bit of contrast.

Counter Stool Decision - The reasons I chose these.
For the longest time, I wasn't sure if I wanted counter stools with backs or backless.  It took a lot of 'family observing time' to decide what was right for us.  

These were the temporary stools we used until we decided...
Oak counter stools
I liked the way we were able to tuck the old stools under the counter easily.  I also realized that my boys are the ones who used them the most.  They like to just grab them and hop on.  I am sure they wouldn't use them as readily if they had to carefully pull them out.  The new stools aren't heavy so they are very easy to move around.


Rush seat Counter stools - the reason I chose these
Plus, when I mention boys, I have to mention messes!  Many of the stools I loved were upholstered and that is just asking for trouble!  I could just imagine the first time something got spilled on them.  Not a happy thought!

Now I don't have to worry about destroying fabrics and with the way the new stools tuck neatly under the counter, it is less likely something will be spilled on them anyway.  Plus, if it happens, who cares?  I can wipe them easily or replace them if needed.  No headaches there.  

Ironically, I was the one who spilled something yesterday morning when I grabbed a gallon of milk out of the fridge.  The container slipped out of my hands, bounced on the floor, split down the side and splattered milk in every direction possible.  I now have milk spots on my ceiling!  Milk actually hit the glass sliding doors and even the coffee table in the family room!  I kid you not!  Only a few drops splashed onto the side of the stools.  But needless to say, I spent most of yesterday scrubbing every inch of my kitchen.  Did I mention, I was on Day 3 of a migraine headache?...yeah good times...

Kitchen view with new counter stools
So yeah, these semi-disposable stools are the way to go for our family!  Actually, the only thing semi-disposable about them is the price.  They really do look and feel more expensive than they really are!

Counter stools on end of island
Another consideration when buying stools focused around this end of the island.  Most stools I looked at were much larger but these are only 13.5 x 13.5 wide.  And why was a smaller stool important?  Well....I kinda made a mistake when we set up the kitchen by not making the overhang large enough on this end.  My kitchen designer planned it correctly with a few extra inches but at the last minute I panicked and wanted more space at the other end by the stove.  I had my contractor move the island down a few inches but we didn't want the island to extend past the end of the perimeter cabinets.  We had to sacrifice a few inches on this end and I have regretted it ever since.  Moral of the story, listen to the professionals.  Anyway, I haven't decided if we will actually keep a stool here or if we will just move it there as needed.

Cherry island with counter stools on side and end
Here is how the stools look with one on the end.


Cherry Island with rush seat wood counter stools
And here again is how they look with all of them neatly tucked under the long side.  I think this is the way we will store them and then move it to the end as needed.  It would be a bit crowded if four people sat next to each other on that side.  

I am so happy with the new stools!  In case you got lost in all my long-winded explanations above, these are the reasons I chose them:
  • Great price!  Once again, you can find them HERE.
  • Color matches the island and goes with my kitchen style.
  • Size is perfect. (and they are pretty comfortable too!)
  • Easy to move around.
  • Easy to clean.
  • And I didn't even mention that I now feel the counter stools give my kitchen a similar look to these favorites of mine -  this kitchenthis kitchen and especially this kitchen!  
If you really want to see how obsessed I was about buying stools, you can check out my Counter Stools Pinterest Board or even my Kitchen Pinterest Board!

So yes, finally I have my stools!
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18 comments:

  1. Shelley your new stools are perfect! Great choice.

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  2. Oh I am so sorry about your migraine and then having to scrub the entire kitchen. God Bless you. Now as far as the stools are concerned. I LOVE them. I think they are perfect and price is just a number.

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  3. Oh my! I would have screamed when the milk hit the floor and went everywhere. Glad you got it cleaned up. Your kitchen is perfect and the stools are too.

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  4. Love the stools! The browns work wonderfully with the island color of wood. I sometimes take a very long time to choose furniture as well.... xox

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  5. Your new bar stools are awesome. I am loving your gorgeous large island. So sorry to hear about your migraine...I hope it goes away. Also your episode with the milk is no fun....Things happen. Enjoy the rest of your week.

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  6. Shelley, great job on selecting the stools. Perfect! Pam @ Everyday Living

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  7. The stools look just great! We need to replace our high-back swivel stools. We are now on second generation stool twirlers, where the kids (and now our grandkids) twirl the stool and bang it into the side of the counter. It's amazing that the countertop has held up under all that abuse. Anyway, thanks for the review and link!! Judy (IG: @cranberrymorning)

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  8. The stools look just great! We need to replace our high-back swivel stools. We are now on second generation stool twirlers, where the kids (and now our grandkids) twirl the stool and bang it into the side of the counter. It's amazing that the countertop has held up under all that abuse. Anyway, thanks for the review and link!! Judy (IG: @cranberrymorning)

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  9. I think your choice was perfect Shelley! The stools look like they were made for your island!

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  10. So in love with your stools!! They look so nice in your kitchen. And oh my goodness, that price is so affordable!!

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  11. Great stool choice, Shelley! Love them. And I always enjoy getting to see your beautiful kitchen. I hope your migraine is getting better.

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  12. Wow they really are perfect! I think you made the right choice. ;)

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  13. I think your stools look perfect, Shelley! The match to your island looks great, and I really like the seats. I can honestly say I have never obsessed for a year over furniture or anything else, except for a car....we spent 3 or 4 months test-driving cars before our purchase!

    Someone else would have been cleaning up that milk spill when I suffered through migraines. Mine didn't last more than 24 hours, but during that time, I was in bed in a totally dark and silent room or hanging over the toilet throwing up....fortunately, I haven't had one of those in many, many years.

    Hope you are having a lovely Fall weekend!
    Carol

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  14. Love your stools. I am in the market for new stools as well. I would like to invite you to link up with us at Family Joy Blog Link Up Party this week. Check us out http://thinking-outside-the-pot.com/?p=3055

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  15. I love your bars stools and your whole kitchen! I really need new bar stools, maybe I will find some that perfect. Thanks for sharing at the Wednesday Showcase party.

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  16. Wow! Those look like they were custom-made to match your island! I'm with you, it is super convenient to be able to tuck them under when they're not in use. Gives it a much cleaner feel. Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday this week!

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  17. I really love that kitchen!! I wish mine wa laid out differently but it isn't worth renovating.... yet!
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