Thursday, March 11, 2010

let's play...








i love this breakfast table combo from martha stewart....it made me want to play designer...so here are my thoughts on how to recreate a cute space on the cheap...let's get started w/ the main components:

(a) ikea docksta table will work perfect- cheap: check

(b) 4 bentwood bistro chairs...you can find these at any antique store/thrift shop/ yard sale (or maybe your parents attic or garage); and to add a twist, let's make sure they are all different styles of bentwood chairs...i would say you can find these bad boys for $25-30 a piece. and it doesn't matter if they have cane or wooden seats b/c we are adding a cushion.

(c) paint for the chairs...benjamin moore prescott green HC-140 (you will need to prime the dark wood first).

(d) stripe fabric...i like the unexpected pop of coral w/ this combo....so i am keeping it. any local fabric store should have a variety of stripes available...

(e) creating the diamond pattern for the fabric: cut the stripe on a diagonal (you will need 4 peices) and then align them together to form a diamond....simply take to a seamstress/ upholsterer/ your mom and create seat cushions

alright, now that we have the main things at a great budget...let's add a killer light...i love the goodman hanging lamp by thomas o'brien w/ the antique brass chain and white shade...circa lighting carries this little diddy. a little bit of a splurge but w/ all the money you saved, so worth it!!
that was fun! let's do it again soon :)

*first image from martha stewart

11 comments:

Design Esquire said...

Love it!

Fran said...

That combo - saarinen or docksta table w/bentwood chairs is perfection to me! Love the paint color you chose for the chairs and the fabric! Can't wait until I have a big enough kitchen for this beauty!

Heather J said...

love that room. great finds!

paula said...

super cute!

ChelseaRoss said...

i love how you recreated this!!Such a great Idea!

Living It At Home said...

These ideas are great! I am not a designer but would love to "play"! I try so hard to decorate my home and it is alot of work because of lack of resources (to the trade only) and lack of knowledge about design. I need a kitchen table so badly and I really like the Ikea version. I think I will just get it and have fun with mismatched chairs!

Thanks!
~jamilyn

GracefulElegance said...

Fantastic!

mb said...

Now you are talking. So cute. I want to dump my kitchen stuff and start over.

tarheel said...

that WAS fun. Wish I had my parents' old Bentwood chairs.

Jennifer said...

let's DO do it again! very cute.

la la Lovely said...

I really think I love this idea!