Can you believe how lucky I am that this is my kitchen? I love everything about it.
Just kidding, of course. But I did love those barstools so very very much. And I love seeing them on all sorts of shows (Peter and Elli Burke's kitchen on "White Collar" being my favorite example). So, when I went to Ikea a couple months ago, I was determined to purchase them. Regardless of cost.
Except, by "regardless of cost" I didn't mean "even if they were $70 each, which they were, in Draper. $70! I couldn't justify it for a temporary rental kitchen. So I bought these guys from Wal-Mart, for $28 each. I like them about half as much as my dream stools, but since they were less than half the cost and I can't be sure I'll even have a bar in my real house, (Where is that real house, by the way?) they work just fine.
However, they had a microfiber seat that was nearly impossible to keep clean. And Bella insists on eating both breakfast and lunch on the stools every day, so the yogurt spills were really getting to me.
So, I went fabric shopping. Online. And I found this:
Laminated cotton might just be the best fabric on the planet for the purpose of recovering dining room chairs and barstools. My Michael Miller print on the dining chairs has held up FABULOUSLY for the time it's been on there (all those spills just wipe away), so I was pretty sure this would be great.
Now, I'd really like to spray the black part of these stools ivory. Or aqua. However, I'm pretty sure black'll hold up to as many yogurt spills as Bella can dish out, so that's the color they'll probably stay.
What do you think of the change? Should I have used something bolder like this? Something quirkier, like this? (I honestly considered the bikes for a good while. I love those bikes. I'll have to make something out of them someday.) Something more understated, like this? And while we're on the topic of my neutral, neutral rental kitchen, does anyone have any ideas about adding some color to the room if painting the walls is not an option?