Monday, September 27, 2010

Just Another Reason to Love Ikea

Bassett $639181702S  Macy’s $499488395_fpx

Pottery Barn $180 (chair only) $80 (slipcover)= $260

Ryden Chair & Slipcover

Restoration Hardware $240

Hudson Camelback Upholstered Side Chair Brown Oak

Ikea $60

HENRIKSDAL Chair white, brown-black Width: 21 1/4 " Depth: 22 7/8 " Height: 38 1/4 " Seat width: 21 1/4 " Seat depth: 16 1/2 " Seat height: 18 1/2 "  Width: 54 cm Depth: 58 cm Height: 97 cm Seat width: 54 cm Seat depth: 42 cm Seat height: 47 cm

So what if it looks like this when you get it home?

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A few minutes later it looks like this. I couldn’t imagine spending all that money on just one chair! I got the look I wanted for the price I wanted.

ikea dining room

For $60, I’ve got some beautiful chairs that will wash up quickly and are very comfortable if I do say so myself. However, I can’t guarantee that the room around the chairs will stay as beautiful. Notice how they look this morning.

ikea parsons chair

What used to be warm, inviting, and clean

tjmaxx lamp

is currently manly, disgusting, and messy.

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While I used to walk in the door to see this…

ikea dining chairs

I now walk in the door and see this.

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I’ll explain that later. It’s a whole ‘nother Jerry Springer show.  Stay tuned.

48 comments:

Marie said...

i love those chairs!! i almost bought my parson chairs at ikea, but found ones i liked even better at world market. do you have a world market locally? i paid $150 for a set of 2...still not a bad price!http://www.worldmarket.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3557624

Holly said...

Ha-Larious! We are in the process of moving so our whole house looks a lot like your dining room. Hubby is in law enforcement too, so there is gear everywhere. Why do they have so much crap? A friend came over to help me yesterday and said, "Maybe you can move the ammo off your mantle before the movers get here." Bless her heart! If only ammo on the mantle was my biggest problem. Apparently it is procrastination!

Courtney said...

My husband is in the military, and I call that situation, "When the army vomits all over the house." His STUFF takes up the whole large closet under our stairs and then some. But the chairs are great! haha.

Hilary @ Sweet as June said...

another awesome ikea discovery! love them! ;)

Ashley said...

I love your dinning room! Searching Ikea now for chairs!!

Stephanie said...

Those chairs look awesome. Sorry for the mess you have to look at now, I hope that is temporary, your dining room is just beautiful (the before pictures at least)

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

OMG, Chris, it looks like para-troopers landed in your dining room! Love the chairs! Never thought of Ikea and I've been thinking of getting two Parson's chairs to add to my dining room table, just to mix things up a little. I'm actually getting tired of seeing all the wood and legs. Thanks for that! I wonder how much shipping would be. Otherwise I have to bring out the calendar and plan a trip!

Holly said...

Lovin those chairs (and the dog butt). My guess is that hubby just got back from hunting and plopped everything in your living/dining room. If it didn't get messy every once in a while we wouldn't love our homes so much when we cleaned them

To The Moon and Back said...

Oh my! uh-hum, looks like your hubby's job threw up in your dining room;)

L O V E those chairs. We got two a couple of weeks ago for my scrapbook room makeover, you know the one that's been years int he making!

Ashley said...

LOVE it!! I have been searching for chairs like that!!

Rach said...

I'm a fairly new reader of your blog. Maybe you've mentioned this before, but where oh where did you get the art for your dining room?

I have the worst time committing to wall decor. Either the price, the size, or the composition just doesn't win me over enough. Maybe you can be my saving grace?!

Anita said...

Chris,

I have given you a blog award so come on over and check it out.

Anita
www.feedingmypickyeaters.blogspot.com

northern cottage said...

You crack me up - I love the DOG BUTT shot! I really like the budget minded chairs - when you are sick of them - you can easily move on to something new without breaking the bank - the only way to go!

K said...

*sniff* I wanna Ikea within driving distance. :(

Tiffany @ Eat at Home said...

The chairs are great. Thanks for posting the picture of the messy dining room. Mine isn't really decorated yet (that's why I've been stalking blogs like yours to get ideas!) but usually it is covered with school books, craft stuff and toys.

Kristen said...

Hey - that mess is a GOOD thing right? It means HE'S HOME! :) "Welcome back baby, now get your stuff out of my pretty dining room?"

Elizabeth said...

We have those chairs too. Love them! I also love that some of the slipcovers are washable.

Carrie said...

Love the chairs and they are quite the bargain! I might be thinking you guys need an episode of Hoarders dedicated to you. I'm just sayin'.

Geezees Custom Canvas Art said...

Those chairs are awesome!

Kelly said...

lol my husband is in the Army and we have sooo much crap. I've seen rooms in our house look like that a million times!

Pamela @ Atmosphere ID said...

Looks like your husband is getting for hunting season? My house is held hostage every Oct. for hunting season. Love the dining room though. It's completely gorgeous!

Carrie said...

Have you checked out Bemz? http://www.bemz.com/

I have those same parsons chairs from Ikea and I'm thinking about changing them from white. The Bemz site has so many choices for slipcovers that supposedly fit Ikea furniture but I'm chicken and want to know if anyone else has used them before. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

StepherB said...

I love Ikea too! What a steal compared to the other chairs! And I love the after photos! Hillarious!! Our houses cannot always look perfect all the time...right!! :)

PeaceLoveApplesauce said...

Your dining room is beautiful.. sans man. HAHA!

Juggling Thoughts @ One Fine Wire said...

We bought our Parson's chairs from Ikea as well - but with the long cover. We absolutely adore them and adore the price!

Beth said...

Love love love it! such a good job!
Hey where did you get the painting of the birch trees? SOOO pretty!

katskraps4kids said...

OMHeck! I have been looking for chairs like those! I will search Ikea now too...tfs & your dining room is beautiful. Even with the gear all over =)

Catchingup said...

I was off to Ikea today when I got a call from my DH about an issue with my daughter. Those issues must come first, but Wednesday an Ikea visit is in store:: four barstool chairs w/matching table, decorative container to hang on bathroom wall showcasing fall foliage, blinds for basement windows, possibly artwork for basement walls and a side table for the new sectional.

Don't feel bad about the dining room -- so glad someone else has the kind of occasional mess we do! The chairs look AWESOME!

Louley's Belles said...

Def. the best store in the world!!!!

Rachelle said...

Husbands home! :)

I know that mess when I see it. Mine will be home in 18 days and I'm COUNTING DOWN.. even if it means 30 loads of laundry.. He's home!

I bet you're happy girl!

Love the chairs too! At least they're being used? Even if it's for a catch all.. It's not a 400.00 catch all, a more frugal one!

xo

Megan {Honey We're Home} said...

I (gulp) have the ridiculously expensive ones from RH and I'm totally kicking myself right now! Where did you get your circle mirror, I've been looking for some for the living room . . . and I love your dog!

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

That is a STUNNING room.... I love it... now, don't we all get messy once in awhile? I'll betcha it would be hard to find anyone who didn't find themselves in the midst of chaos occasionally... Looks like Hubby's going hunting??? Whew... that takes a LOT of packing. :-)

Warm blessings,
Spencer

Lindy said...

Love your new chairs. I some for $5 at a hotel liquadation sale. They were awesome but they had to be covered.

I'm a long time reader but now a new follower!

Where can I get one of those dog butts, anyway?

Kaye said...

I thought my dining room was the only one that looked like a walk-in closet!!!!

Thanks for sharing!

Kaye

Pam @ bibbidi-bobbidi-beautiful said...

I have the same chairs and love them! I bought mine on CL and they needed some TLC, so I slipped them (here's the tut):
http://bibbidi-bobbidi-beautiful.blogspot.com/2010/06/how-to-slipcover-henriksdal-parsons.html

Here's the finished pics of my dining room:

http://bibbidi-bobbidi-beautiful.blogspot.com/2010/09/completed-mostly-dining-room-reveal-and.html

Richella said...

I'm hoping this means that your hubby is home from his training! And as soon as he gets his gear put away, I imagine you'll be REALLY glad to have him back!

Your chairs look awesome, by the way. I had no idea you could find those at IKEA. I need to get myself in the car and make the trip!

Anonymous said...

You mean for $240 (plus tax) you've got some beautiful chairs...

ErinQ said...

I USED to love Ikea, when I lived near one. However, I recently moved to Colorado, and there isn't a single store in the whole state. Yesterday, I thought I would just bite the bullet and pay shipping to have an awesome Expedit desk unit delivered, but I cannot justify spending $350 for shipping a $250 desk. Sorry IKEA- you just priced yourself out of my range. Back to relying solely on Craigslist, thrift stores, and yard sales.

Dee said...

I love Ikea and the chairs.I bought my daughter princess bed there and it is gorgeous. I will be buying her lamps there in October and the cinnamon buns:)

Barb said...

Lovely chairs, great price! You'll have it all tidy and back to georgeous soon. It must be great having him back after being gone so long for training. I do hope he finds a home for all that gear!

Love Mom,

Gayle said...

I have the same chair in my craft room. Sooo comfy! Your photos of your husbands mess are giving me flashbacks, my husband was in the military for 23 years. Amazing how they can make such a mess, isn't it?

Kim said...

My hubby is in the same line of work as yours and completed the same training some years ago. I hate to tell you, the longer they stick with it, the more gear they collect. It turns grown men into kids in a candy store.

Jennifer said...

LOVE the fall decorations!

Anonymous said...

You kill me, you're so funny : )

I saw those chairs at Ikea last week and I wanted them immediately. However, my husband is messier than my 3 year old and those chairs would be covered in stains and who-knows-what within 5 minutes of owning them. HOW DO YOU KEEP THEM WHITE?

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Beki - TheRustedChain said...

I am sooooo sooooo thrilled to see someone else's house looking like this. Because it's exactly how mine looks at the moment.

*whew* all my guilt is gone now. :)

Your Frugal Friend, Niki said...

I love the new chairs! IKEA is one of my very favorite stores. Nice blog you have here.

Stop by and visit me sometime over at Free 2 Be Frugal.

Sarah @ Different Dog said...

Would you send me some of those Ikea chairs? We don't have Ikea near me...and I'm desperately looking for some parsons chairs for my new black table...???
I wonder what they cost to ship?
Huh.

Just kidding. Not really.
Love your dining area and all the witches.

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