Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Perfect Bar Stool

The other day, in a brief hour-long visit to the house to let Mocha and the cat out for a bit before I joined the Husband and some friends for a movie night, I grabbed a fork from the drawer and popped the lid off the Husband's birthday cake. I opened up my Kobo on the counter and settled in comfortably... leaning against the bar.

I only got down two bites of the tasty cake before I gave up and moved into the living room. And not just because there were cookies in there.

(Yes, I have a sweet tooth and a lack of self-control. There's a reason we don't buy sweet things often.)

It's not the first time we've noticed the clear lack of bar stools.


Sure, we've got a beautiful table. But sometimes, you don't want to go through the formality of pulling out a chair, moving your food or your flyer or your book or your laptop to the table, and sitting down. Sometimes, you just want to slide effortlessly onto a stool.

One like this:

House in the Hamptons traditional kitchen

(I know, it's a beautiful kitchen. But look at the stools!)

The problem? This is a popular style, but it's surprisingly difficult to find. Kijiji and Craigslist have failed me. (Doesn't anyone actually in the city ever sell their bar stools?) We found a tolerable version at Home Sense, but they were bar height and their legs seemed a little thin to the Husband. We found another on sale at Canadian Tire, but the leather top threw us off. We don't want a leather seat. We tried Sears. We tried the Brick. American Walmarts carry them. Canadian ones? Not according to their website. We can get them from Home Depot... online. Which is fine, I suppose. But I'm an immediate gratification kind of person - if I think I can get them in stores, I will. 

So, help? Where can we find this style of bar stool for a reasonable amount, say $50 a stool?

And if we spend $150 on 3 stools, is it crazy to then paint them?

22 comments:

  1. We have one of these in our kitchen from Canadian Tire: http://www.canadiantire.ca/AST/browse/3/HouseHome/Furniture/FoldingChairsStools/PRD~0680401P/Home+Collection+26-inch+Shinto+Stool.jsp?locale=en

    They often go on sale for 50% off. Keep an eye on the flyers!

    This stool has served us well (if I had room for more than one stool, I would have bought more). They are sturdy and comfortable enough.

    Hope this helps!
    Michelle

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  2. kijiji walkerton 3 for $75. come up this way anytime?

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  3. They have them on sale at Kent Building Supplies right now, but that might be a Maritime chain...

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  4. I don't think it would be crazy to paint them if it's what you want and love! Always remember it's your home and you two need to live with it... so love it! :) Good luck with your search, I'll let you know if I come across anything good! :)

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  5. Dude, you just gave me an idea. What if you buy three differentish bar stools and paint them all the same color?! That would be awesome. Also means you can craigslist!

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  6. I'm not sure if they have Millwork in the city, but they sell them there on sale all the time too!

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  7. I odn't think $50/stool is too bad...chairs always get me with how expensive they are, so I think it's still OK to paint them if you find them for that amount.

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  8. Heck no, it's not bad to paint them. Even if they cost triple that amount, you'd want to make them "you"!

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  9. Try Target, Home Depot or Lowes

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  10. Canadian Tire carries these and they are often on sale (in fact, they recently were). Hope this helps.

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  11. Heh ... thinking of you
    http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Salvador-Saddle-Back-24-inch-Cherry-Stool-Set-of-2/5108781/product.html?rcmndsrc=2
    or these here in black?
    http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Saddle-Seat-29-inch-Barstools-Set-of-2/2041664/product.html?rcmndsrc=2

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  12. We have no Target. :(

    Home Depot has them, but only online.

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  13. I've never heard of Millwork. Hmm... will have to check it out!

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  14. In all our research, it seems like $50/stool is on the cheap side!

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  15. Agreed! But sometimes, it's so hard to justify spending the money on something that's not quite right...

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  16. I had this idea, actually! The Husband and I even discussed it once! But I think we've gotten stuck on this idea... you know how that happens...

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  17. I've never heard of Kent Building Supplies... must not be here. :( Thanks though!

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