Valerie is a 42-year-old, single, Reformed Christian lady who lives in Baltimore. She doesn't remember a time
before she knew and loved Jesus, but she does remember accepting John Calvin into her heart in March of 2000.
Valerie is a member of Christ Reformed Evangelical Church in Annapolis.
Though her career aspiration is to be a housewife, Valerie has not yet found anyone suitable who wishes to hire
her for employment in that field (or, more properly, anyone suitable has not found her), so in the meantime she
earns her daily bread working in communications -- editing, writing, print design and website management.
Would It Be Really Tacky...
...to replace all of my decrepit, rickety, mostly broken dining room chairs with folding chairs? I've already got four of these for my overflow table, so if I bought a bunch more, at least they'd all match. Someday maybe I'll be able to replace all my dining room furniture, which is in pretty bad shape (or at least get it refinished), but I can't do that right now, so it would seem silly to buy "real" chairs that wouldn't match anything else. But even though the chairs I have are in bad shape, would folding chairs be a step backward?
Posted by Valerie (Kyriosity) at 10:06 AM
On April 5, 2008 2:45 PMThe BadgerMumwrote... If I were you I'd be on the lookout for decent chairs at yard sales, thrift stores, freecycle, or from coworkers who want to sell or give away unwanted ones... Just buy one or two at a time, or whatever you can afford, and gradually retire the ones you're not going to keep.
They don't have to match really (mine don't, you know -- I've got three styles at my table and they blend in well). Of course you'll want them to complement each other, and I'm sure your eye will not fail you.
Chairs can be fun and funky and when you've got more than one style your guests can each have their own personal favorite. :-D
On April 5, 2008 2:46 PMlucyzoewrote... Hey Valerie, If you're handy with a sewing machine, you can make really sweet chair covers for your folding chairs. Almost all the pattern books have a variety of choices. -or- you can buy the fabric and trade cake decorating for chair covers with a friend.
On April 5, 2008 9:21 PMValerie (Kyriosity)wrote... Kelly, that might work if I were a yard saling, thrift storing, freecycling kinda gal, but the thought of investing that kind of time in shopping at this juncture of my life is not at all appealing.
Lucy, good thought, but just not my style, I'm afraid.
On April 5, 2008 9:26 PMValerie (Kyriosity)wrote... And I could just cry every time I think of my mother selling every chair in my grandparents' house for $5 a piece! I know that there was at least one set of dining room chairs that would have been worth the cost of shipping to send down here.
On April 6, 2008 9:05 AMEleanorwrote... If it doesn't bother YOU to have folding chairs, then do it. Those coming to your house are going to be sitting on them, not looking at them. It's better than being cagey about chairs that feel like they could collapse under you. And for a person in a small space, they are easy to store away. I would make definite plans for those chairs for when you are through with them.
On April 8, 2008 5:21 AMValerie (Kyriosity)wrote... To be fair, I think my current chairs are structurally sound -- they're not really likely to fall out from under someone. The broken bits are the mostly decorative criss-cross thingies on the backs. So it's really an aesthetics issue, not a safety issue.