Friday, May 13, 2016

What a Difference a Chair Makes

I have added two little chairs to my home recently and they've made a big difference.
Here's a peek at one of them in the kitchen . . .

but first let me show you the old chair in the office.
It's Ron's desk chair which was a standard office model with wheels. 
Housed in the guest room, it didn't do much for the French Country look
I was going for but it did the job.

When Ron decided to use his computer in his man-cave downstairs instead of at his desk, 
he said he was thinking about selling his office chair. 
Did someone say "Whoopee!"? 
Oh, yeah. That would be me.

(And yes, that's Roxy's favorite cardboard box bed under his desk).

From Corporate to Country . . .
I happened to have an old wooden chair listed on Craigslist that I pulled.
Then I took the chair out of the attic and plopped it down at his desk. 
What a difference. The office area instantly went from corporate to country.

When he mentioned the chair was a little hard, I had no problem finding a pillow for the seat. 
I do have a bit of a pillow addiction so I actually had one or six handy.

I even suggested we could drape a pretty white tablecloth over the desk 
but I guess that was taking it a tad too far. File that away. 
Still, what a difference a chair makes!

On to Chair No. 2 . . . 
The other chair is actually a bar stool.
I'd been wanting a stool forever for my tiny French Country kitchen but it is really really tiny. 
There simply wasn't room for a stool. 
But baking cookies requires lots of standing with a resulting back ache to boot. 
Wouldn't it be nice if I could sit down in between batches?
But where to put it?

Then, the Goodwill gods smiled on me. 
Rustling around in their basement recently, I spotted a bar stool. 
It had a low curved back and a woven straw seat. And it was already painted cream colored. 
It was new but it looked old.
Very French Country.
I couldn't pass it up for $10.

You know, you can make just about anything fit if you try hard enough.
Like those old jeans. 
You know what I mean. 
I wiggled that stool into the corner under the countertop and voila!
It fit. Sort of.


I can't tell you how often I have used it. 
It's so nice to be able to sit down in the kitchen and talk to Ron as he makes a sandwich. 
He says I have to make him some cookies now that I have a chair!

I love pulling the stool over to the window and looking out at the garden 
while I'm having a cup of coffee. It's just the right height and the low back is comfortable.

Yep, what a difference a chair (or two) makes!

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  1. Both chairs are amazing and that bar stool is especially fabulous. I don't know how you ever did without it.

  2. The bar stool is great--looks, practicality, price. And your guest room chair looks much more guest roomy.

  3. It doesn't take much sometimes, does it? I like your little kitchen stool - it is the perfect fit.

  4. Wonderful chairs, Pat, and I especially like your little chair in the kitchen. I keep a stool handy to sit on in my kitchen but your little chair brings so much more personality. Thank you for sharing and enjoy your day.


    1. Thanks Sandi. Sometimes I wish I had a bigger kitchen but a small one is cozy, just right for a little chair.

  5. I love the kitchen stool/chair, it is so perfect for the small area. I know exactly how you feel, I was so happy to be rid of the big old computer chair...I do miss the comfort and support it gave, but not the looks.
    Have a great week.

    1. Thank you Marigene. Yeah, those computer chairs are comfy but a little lacking in style. We donated the big old chair today. Yay!

  6. I know -- I have the same feeling. That's what my post is about today as well -- a new chair! Loves yours and the new is so much better than the old!

  7. Like our new chairs. Nice the one fits perfectly in your kitchen, very pretty chair for $10.
    to say the least, and the other chair definitely made such a difference.....they really need
    to do something to add some style to those computer chairs for sure......cause no lady likes
    her home to look like an office..... Enjoy your pretty chairs and your new look.
    Blessings, Nellie

    1. Thanks Nellie. I couldn't agree more...someone should design a stylish office chair!

  8. I love both chairs! And I really like that you have a pillow or six... LOL
    :) gwingal

  9. You have been on the same wave length as us, we just traded in our desk chairs for 3 new ones too.
    Really cute and comfy too:)
    Thanks for joining us at TOHOT!

  10. These chairs make such a difference! Glad you found something for your kitchen that works! I have a bad back so I understand your need!

    Really nice choices in chairs!

    1. Thanks Deanna. I feel you pain...I worked in the garden today and my back is talking to me tonight.

  11. Smart girl! My desk chair is an old kitchen chair that I bought at an antique shop. It's cute but hurts my booty. I need to find another one myself. :)

    So glad you shared these great chairs at Thoughts of Home.

    1. Thank you Stacey. Good luck with your search for the perfect chair.

  12. Pat, thanks for sharing 2 chairs in your home. I love the kitchen one. Sitting looking outside sounds delightful. Sylvia D.

    1. Thank you Sylvia. Looking outside is nice but I wish I could get the window open. It was painted and nailed shut a hundred years ago so it's not going anywhere. At least it keeps the burglars out!

    2. Thank you Sylvia. Looking outside is nice but I wish I could get the window open. It was painted and nailed shut a hundred years ago so it's not going anywhere. At least it keeps the burglars out!

  13. I love seeing photos of your home.

    Thanks for sharing with SYC.

    1. Thank you so much. I really appreciate your thoughtful response.

    2. Thank you so much. I really appreciate your thoughtful response.

  14. Oh I love the two chairs. We so appreciate you joining the Thoughts of Home on Thursday gathering. May you have a delightfully lovely weekend.

  15. I love your little kitchen chair! Cute and functional at the same time. My hubby has an office chair and I don't think he would go for a change. :) He's easy going, so I have to let him have his way now and then. lol! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

    1. Thanks Jann. I do have a thing for chairs and little tables and pillows and plants.

  16. What a difference the chairs made.. Had to laugh at hubby's thoughts on the cute tablecloth... this is so much the conversations and happenings at my
    The cushion and chair really made the desk area so cute.
    and the kitchen stool.... adorable. I just found your blog ,coming from Brenda's blog.. and I am really enjoying it.. I love your little kitchen , hope to see more of it..

  17. nice article, using great equipment to renovate a house will fasten your work, besides it will produce you with smooth result!