I had been unhappy with our dining chairs for some time (here’s a post from this time last year). We got them when we moved here almost 4 years ago – a replica Eames they had to be put together by us and ever since the first time anyone sat in them, they creaked and squeaked, they dropped screws, the screws we had became threaded, they discoloured into a nasty yellow from the sunshine and they inevitably just plain broke. We lost a few from people just sitting in them and a few Sunday’s ago when we lost another, I was DONE with them. And it seems that I was not alone from this thread on Facebook. I suppose that’s what you get when you spend $70 on a chair – they aren’t going to last.
So I set myself the task of finding a new chair. And there were some GREAT suggestions: Ebay and Gumtree for second hand numbers, getting different styles and painting them all different colours, getting some from Ikea etc etc the list of ideas went on and on. I found a few that I liked online (but they were EXPENSIVE) who knew that a dining chair could cost so much? I didn’t want to spend $300 on a chair (and there were HEAPS of those out there and plenty that cost even more) and I didn’t want to get something that would have to be replaced in another 4 years time. Mum was leaving after a visit on the weekend and stopped into Dirty Janes in Bowral, as she often does on her way back home to Sydney. She spotted some chairs, took a snap and told me to get in there toot sweet.
I got in there a week later and instantly fell in love with a set of 8 antique oak windsor chairs that she told me about. They are about 150 years old and they were from Belgium (or Holland I can’t remember which one). After a few photos and important discussions with Rob (he mainly just rolled his eyes at me) and many sitting in and out of them from Harper I decided that it was a perfect match. If they have been around for 150 years, chances are they were will be around for a bit longer than those replica’s.
A few days later they were delivered and now they sit in our room, basking in the late afternoon sunshine. They are so comfortable to sit in (and much easier for the kids than the bucket seats we had), have little to no squeak and they feel all smooth and old and LOVELY. I particularly like the brace at the back of them…hoping this will ensure their longevity. It’s a different look now…less modern and more country in style and the dark wood has taken some getting used to, but I do love them.
They deserved their very own photo shoot in the late afternoon light.
What do you think?
Do you have a dining chair that you love or loathe?