Furniture can be obnoxiously expensive. I’ve learned to choose wisely on what’s important for us to fork over the cash on and where I’m content with keeping it cheap. The bar stools we’ve had sitting at our breakfast bar are the same ones that were in my parent’s basement while I was in high school. The style of them wasn’t all that bad, and they did match our kitchen how it currently is. However, in the near future we have plans to reface our cabinets and put new counters in…once that happens, they’d really be out of place. The color of the wood already looked mismatched with the rest of our furniture, and the cushions are extremely worn out. As such, I’ve been on the hunt for replacements
I’ve long adored the Madeline Armless Barstools from Restoration Hardware, pictured above. They’re $199 apiece, not including the cushion, which is another $29-$49. They have sales and specials often, so you can get them a bit cheaper if you wait. I personally don’t think the price is that outrageous, but with how much we’ve already spent on our house and all the things we’d still like to do, I knew that this was an area to find a DEAL. And anyhow, when I showed them to Zack he wasn’t that big of a fan of how they looked, so my search continued. (update: Target also has a great look-alike for the Madeline stools now: the French country x-back bar stools!)
You probably noticed we also replaced the pendant lights with these lanterns, which I also spent quite awhile searching for. They’re another item I didn’t want to spend a fortune on, because as I’ve learned, lighting can be obnoxiously expensive as well!
These stools fit much better with our style, and I like them even better in person than I did viewing them online. I also think that for the price, they’re a great value. They were simple to put together, and the wood feels quality and sturdy. Once the kitchen is transformed into the all white dream that we’re planning on, they’ll look even better! Stay tuned for a kitchen remodel coming (hopefully) this summer.