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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...
Rosie still looks sad about it!
But as you can see, I finally made a decision and actually committed!
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!
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!
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.
They are slightly darker than the island but I am not going to be that picky! I actually like the little bit of contrast.
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...
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.
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...
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!
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.
Here is how the stools look with one on the end.
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 kitchen, this kitchen and especially this kitchen!
So yes, finally I have my stools!
Have you ever taken a year
to decide on furniture?
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