This is the set we have had for twenty years.
When we purchased our set, we ordered two side chairs and two arm chairs with plans to order more side chairs later. We never did that. I am hoping to convince G-Man to let me remove the arms on the two arm chairs, making them side chairs (making four total - and making much more sense). When we have guests, we bring in slip covered host/hostess chairs at each end. I like the way that breaks up all the matchy look. I guess it's okay to use an arm chair as a side chair, but I don't like it!
G-Man still thinks the furniture is perfect and would be very disappointed if I insisted on selling it or changing it in any permanent way. I respect his feelings and I am attached to it because it was our first set. After all, our girls grew up draping the table to the floor with sheets and having their play houses and club meetings under there. It also served as a great hiding place. Caroline would get under the table and stretch her little body across the chair seats under the table. The first time she did it, she was never discovered!!!
So, as much as I would love to start from scratch in the dining room with new- old furniture, or painting this set, I am proceeding to make subtle changes using our very matched dining room furniture.
My original plan was to deformalize the room and I can achieve that without spending a fortune on new furniture.
I am going to use an old pair of very comfy, flame stitich, Queen Anne Wing Chairs in the dining room. I am in the process of making slip covers for them. I also want to make a table cloth for the table and change up some of the accessories. Onward and upward...very slowly!!!
Here is a peek
I know this Dining Room Series is going very slowly. And, it's about to slow down even more. We are going to repaint too. I have made a mess spackling holes in the walls where I have moved so many mirrors and paintings. Wouldn't you know we didn't have more paint and neither of us can remember where we got it, much less the name of the color? It's always something!