Sunday, May 27, 2012

Blue industrial stools for the kitchen

Way back in January I was inspired by a photo of red stools in a white kitchen.  They were Tolix-style stools, and I found some for a great price at Overstock.  I bought them, but they were pooh-poohed by The Mr. and The Teen for various reasons.  While I was pondering whether to send them back or not, I came across a photo from February's issue of Better Homes and Gardens that gave me hope.  I had always wanted turquoise stools, and BHG reminded me not to give up the fight.  

I researched and researched and finally figured out that the stools featured in BHG were not vintage as I had suspected, but instead are made by manufacturer Lyons, mainly for workshops and other industrial settings.  They were a little more than I wanted to pay and I was a little leery about taking a chance of purchasing something online again because I wasn't sure if the color would be blue enough.  I brought our wooden saddle stools back for the time being, which my guys were very happy about.

I don't even remember now what it was, but something brought the blue Lyon stools back into the front of my mind.  I found some online reviews, and people seemed to be very happy with them.  One women described the color in detail, which helped me feel more comfortable about the purchase.  I also found them for a better price on Amazon than what I had seen the last time I researched them, so I pulled the trigger and here they are! 


Here's what the kitchen looked like before, with the wooden saddle stools that matched the color of the walnut island top.


 And here are a few more views of the kitchen and new stools.




Did you notice the fourth stool in the dining room at the left of the photo above?  The stools only come in sets of two, so I ended up with four even though there are only three of us in my family.  It's nice to have an extra when we have guests, so I parked the fourth stool in the adjacent room so it's ready when needed.





These are square-shaped like the Tolix stools, but the seats are much larger.  True to form, The Teen still doesn't like them.  He claims they're not as wide as the saddle stools.  While that's true, the width is not all that different.  And does he really need to put his feet up beside him on the seat?  I think not.  He just enjoys finding something to complain about.  He is 15, after all!  I can tell that The Mr. prefers our old stools too, but he asked me if we're keeping these no matter what, and I said yes, so that's the last I heard about them from him.

Resistance is futile.

Hollie

13 comments:

  1. LOVE the new blue stools! My kitchen is very similar to your's with white cabinets, but we have dark granite tops. I've been wanting to break up the white with some color and love your choice! They're perfect :)

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  2. Love the stools bit i would add some color to your litchen. Maybe blue hydrangeas or other colored decor here and there to break a bit more the white. :)

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    1. I agree -- need more bits of blue. I happen to have some hydrangeas blooming outside my windows, so they may appear in photos in the future!

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  3. Your kitchen looks fab (I never realised it was so HUGE! So jealous! lol) - the blue stools add a nice bit of colour and a little nod to industrial style which works really well in the space. Fab xxx

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  4. So great...are these the Wedgewood Blue color? And which height, 22inch?

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  5. I guess I could have been more specific in the post, huh? Yep, they are the Wedgewood Blue color. Mine are 24" because my island is counter-height.

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  6. LOVE! I have the saddle stools in black, but after 6 years of being 'loved' by 3 boys, they could use a new paint job! I can't afford new stools right now, but as I am redecorating our house (which has been loved for 14 years now and is hurting), I am thinking that I CAN buy a bright, fun color of spray paint for them! Thanks for the inspiration.

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    1. Spray paint away! Colorful stools can certainly brighten up a kitchen! Just be sure to coat them with plenty of clear finish topcoat like Polycrilic to protect them from scratches so the new color holds up for a long time!

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    2. On second thought, powder coating would work much better for something like a stool, which will get scuffed up from lots of wear. I'm afraid Polycrilic over good ol' regular spray paint wouldn't last more than a week of rough fabrics, rivets, etc.

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  7. I think the blue stools look great. And I've found that my teenager never likes change, so I don't decorate with him in mind, haha.

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  8. Looks great girl... should you need a new home for the saddle stools, let me know. :-)

    Tracy

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  9. Looks great girl... should you need a new home for the saddle stools, let me know. :-)

    Tracy

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  10. I think the blue ones look gorgeous, but I really want the yellow ones. I don't think i'm brave enough though ...

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