Problem #1: They arrived in all their white plastic glory (I mistakenly checked resin instead of wood). Being white really accentuated the very plastic looking joints. After FedEx informed me they would charge about $600 to send them back (way more than the cost of the chairs!!!), I decided to try and salvage them by painting them black. For a few hours they actually didn't look too bad in the kitchen.
Problem #2: Unfortunately, the lacquer just wouldn't adhere to the beautiful plastic surface so I've ended up with speckled chairs and paint chips on the floor. Luckily, Olivia has finally learned paint chips are not delicious treats.
Problem #3: When ordering bar stools you should really know the difference and consider counter height v. bar height. It was a detail that never crossed my mind. These stools were meant for a bar and therefore you had to have quite tiny legs to get them under the granite and even still you were hovering awkwardly high above the island. Not comfortable.
Now that we've finally tossed in the towel on these chairs, does anyone want them for free? I would have tried another paint and kept them if we didn't also have the height issue -- the chiavari style really is attractive.
They will be in my basement until someone comes to take them to a new home.
We snagged new bar stools from Restoration Hardware during a great sale they had at the beginning of January. I can't say enough good things about how quickly they arrived, the quality and the overall customer service.
We are so much happier with counter height, non-chipping, comfortable stools. All three of us, that is... What is wrong with this crazy dog?!
Also - a few overdue pics from La's shower and engagement party weekend.
Thank you to our lovely hostesses, Ann & Rachel.
That evening friends of the future bride and groom hosted an engagement party in downtown Raleigh.
UNC roomies and our husbands - we missed you, Caroline & Lathan!
La's camp Thunderbird friends
I have a million pics from this weekend so maybe I'll get around to creating my first FB album in a long time.