Please be seated.
This is a very exciting development here at casa limestone. I know I shouldn't be too excited about ballroom chairs that are just going to be used for special occasions once I get "real" chairs - but I'll take any small furniture delivery as a triumph.
The chiavari chairs have arrived! They look just like the advertising photo above. The paint on the wood is matte which makes them look a bit more plastic than I would prefer (I think a slightly shiny antique brass finish would be nicer but as Ive mentioned before, I think people shun shiny for some reason). Maybe one day I'll add a thin layer of gold leaf?
I ordered from Vision Furniture which took a little longer than promised but then FedEx'd me the chairs when I followed up - so that was a nice touch. At a bit over $50/pop, I really can't beat the price.
Sorry for the blurry photo. I wasn't paying attention.
The photo above shows them in place on the table. I was sort of hoping some magical furniture fairies might visit and make the issue with the table base go away but that didn't happen. As you can see, we have a pretty large table but because of the curved table base, it only allows 2 chairs to be squeezed in on either side. That's more than fine on 363 days of the year but on Christmas Day, we have 10+ people to seat. So those few feet on either end of the table that can't have a chair in front becomes a real space waster. Thus, we will need a new table at some point. But Im having a hard time justifying this one leaving. (And yes, I have tried to come up with an alternate use but its way way way too large to even fit half of it in any other area of the house).
But I'll worry about that problem when the weather gets colder. Until then, Im so happy to finally have some chairs. This means we can have people over for a proper, grown up dinner party. Wow, that makes me feel very old.
And until I find permanent chairs and a functional table, this room is as "finished" as its going to get for a while. Yippee!!
And speaking of alternate pieces, Im not quite ready to buy but I found some interesting pieces at ZGallerie. Anyone have an opinion on their quality?