Our Breakfast Room
tacked onto the back of the house
It's where we eat most of our meals
It's not original to the house
We added it in 2007
And a wonderful addition it has been
But this isn't about the breakfast room
It's about the breakfast room chairs!
Duncan Phyfe from the 30s or 40s I expect
They came with our dining room set
As most of these sets were
When I bought our "good" dining room chairs
I relegated these to the basement.
They were too good to get rid of.
And then we built the breakfast room
And I had chairs in the basement!
Husband Jim insisted on painting them black.
I'm not sure why, but we did
(and I hate to paint wood)
We covered the chairs in a black background toile
Which seemed to fit
And we lived happily until 2015
For the black was starting to wear and I wanted my
"wood chairs" back!
So we stripped them
|black painted chair on the left, refinished wood chair on the right|
The black toile did not look as good and I found these wonderful
needlepoint chair seats on ebay
(and I so love needlepoint)
The chair seats
Summer of 2015
And they were pretty needlepoint
But there was just something
"not quite right"
with the needlepoint
The chair seats
I found this toile that I thought went better with the wooden chairs
Better than the needlepoint
And then this January, I was housecleaning
Well, actually doing by January
"cabinets, closets and drawers" cleaning
I found fabric
Fabric I had bought for the breakfast room chairs
about three years ago
at a wonderful upholstery/drapery fabric shop in Springfield
I think the reason why I did not change out the chair seats then
was because they were black
And the fabric did not look good with the black chairs
But they're no longer black
And so one January afternoon,
I took the chairs apart again
And put the new fabric on the chairs!
I like them
A gold on gold textured damask
Which looks good with the wooden chairs
And the rest of the breakfast room furnishings.
So far my tally is:
Original chair seats -- 8 years
Needlepoint chair seats - 2 years
Second Toile chair seats - 5 months
I don't feel like I'm a changer just to change
But when something is "not right", I'll continue to work on it
until it is!
And hopefully, the seats are "just right"!
Part of my busy January!