Post # 1
My husband and I received this table and breakfront from my mom’s best friend’s husband’s parents after they both passed away. My mom’s best friend and her husband are like my second parents and they wanted these items to go to someone who would love them and take care of them and someone who knew and loved their parents, as well. The set is from the 1970s.
My husband and I paid a guy to re-finish the wood from it’s older more drab finish into this dark cherry stain. We really love it and I’ve already entertained at it multiple times since we moved in. Hence why the folding chairs must go! We borrowed them from my mom, and while I love my cat to bits and pieces, they are covered in cat hair and are not the most aesthetically pleasing. The dining room area is such a huge part of our lives and is one of the most important areas of the home to me, but we really can’t afford gorgeous vintage chairs to match. (We couldn’t take the chairs that originally came with it because they were orange.)
I have scoured everywhere! Before I was really looking I skimmed the Baer’s website and I requested a price quote on a chair I really liked. The woman called me back and told me the chair would be $200 for one side chair. The only place I’ve really been able to find chairs that will match the style and have a low price point is Overstock.com where they have chairs for under $200 for a set of two, which is a good price for us. It’s proving to be difficult because most of the chairs are fully upholstered and when I showed my husband tonight he really didn’t like the look of most of them. I found one wood back chair that I love but Overstock does not have matching arm chairs for the ends of the table.. ugh! I have searched eBay and Craigslist… and nothing. All I’ve found on Craigslist are unappealing dining sets and if I do spot a chair that I like there’s only one or two more in the set. I’m looking for 6 side chairs and 2 arm chairs. I found tons of vintage chairs on eBay that I love but they are well over $1,000 for the whole set.
If any bees have any suggestions of some other cheap places I can look or smaller stores that have good deals please let me know. Even if the chairs are really not the highest quality out there I can upgrade in 5-10 years when my husband and I are more financially comfortable.
Here’s a picture of the dining set.
Thank you bees for any help, advice or suggestions!
P.S. If this doesn’t belong in the ‘home’ board can someone please move it?
Post # 3
Have you looked online at Target? I found some really nice chairs there.
Post # 4
You were happy to get 2 chairs for under $200, I imagine arm chairs will be more expensive anyway, so the price you mention on ebay of 6 chairs and 2 arm chairs for $1000 works out to about $100 for each standard chair and $200 per arm chair. It may be worth considering the extra $ if these are the style and quality chairs you would be interested in long term. Even if you got them at $75 per chair and $150 for a side chair you would be investing $750 into a temporary solution. That being said some suggestions for cheap chair options, Habitat Humanity ReStore if you have one, Ikea, local furniture stores (check out floor models or scratch and dent discounts), local flea markets? Antique shops? Goodwill type stores? Second hand or antique stores are most likely your best choice for finding something form the same period style. Alternatively, maybe you could get 6 inner chairs and hold out for 2 head chairs you like later that coordinate.
Post # 5
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
Why do the arm chairs have to match the standard chairs?
I would buy the 6 sidechairs from overstock, then save up and buy a pair of fabulous upholstered wingback chairs for each end.
Post # 6
Ashley Home Store has some affordable chairs. We love ours from the Carlisle line.
Post # 7
@gingerbreadgirl: That was one of the first places we looked. When my husband gets home I’m going to show him another option I just saw on their website. Thanks.
@slicey19: On eBay they aren’t just $1,000, they’re WELL OVER $1,000. I guess closer to $2,000 is what I really meant. However, your price breakdown was really helpful so I’m going to re-search and input only sets $1,000 and under. Truthfully, I’d love to consider a little extra cash if I got some amazing quality chairs that were a great look. I’m always the type of person that would rather put down a little more money on something that will last in the long run. I just don’t know how my husband feels about it, which is why I’m trying to keep the cost low. (We already spent a lot of money re-finishing the table because I know we’ll have it forever.)
@lovekiss: That’s a great link. I was thinking that the arm chairs don’t necessarily have to match but because I’m tremendously bad at matching non-matching items together I’m a little worried about going in that direction. I feel like I’d need more guidance.
@MrsBroccoli: Thank you! My husband’s mother actually has a TV unit from Ashley that I love so i’m going to go check them out.
Post # 8
@star_dust: As someone who is currently sitting on the same fold out chair you have in your picture, I sympathize. lol
We’re in the market for a new table and chairs too, so I’ll be watching this thread. 🙂
Post # 9
@ArwenBride: I’ll definitely keep you updated on what I decide to do and if I find any great places to buy from.
Right now I’m leaning towards lovekiss‘s idea of “misamtching” arm chairs and side chairs. I found a set of side chairs that I really like that are technically kitchen chairs on Overstock, but they have a vintage type wooden back. If I can find some arm chairs that compliment them I may go with that.
My sister is coming over now to help me narrow down my options and look through some options with me. She is very talented with interior design type projects so I’m hoping she can guide me 🙂