Thursday, August 16

Ikea Inspiration, Part 6: Kitchen Seating & Cooking

We really only use our dining room table for when we have company; otherwise it's relegated to being storage for dishes, dirty and clean alike. While we haven't had anyone over in recent months, when we do it's always a bit embarrassing to have them sit on plastic folding chairs. The table is oak, as are the two dining chairs we have. While I'm not a big fan of oak, the table itself is rather pretty and it's going to be a while before we invest in something better. In the meantime, I'd like to get some seating so that my guests can sit comfortably for hours while eating and talking.

Originally I planned on looking at Pier One because they have very stylish and colorful chairs. That may wait until we have a nicer table in the distant future. In the meantime, I'm looking for something on a budget and these chairs from Ikea seem to fit the bill.

At just $40 a piece we can upgrade our current chairs, which don't look too dissimilar from these, and have enough room for our guests. We could even buy some paint and really customize these to our taste and preference. For added comfort, I would seriously consider buying some pillows to sit on - that flat surface can't be wonderfully comfortable for a dupa to sit on for hours on end.

While we may not have had many guests over so far this summer, we still do a LOT of cooking. This metal grate for hot pans would function nicely on our table, a perfect way to keep hot food in a hot container without compromising the integrity of our oak or fingers.

For a long time I've had my eye on this cast iron panini pan from Giada De Laurentiis for Target.  But at $70 it's a bit too expensive for us (not that we haven't seriously considered it a time or two!). This option from Ikea may not be as shiny or of the best quality, but for $14.99 it's hard to not consider it a deal. I'm sure one day we'll have Giada's cast iron panini, but for now we're liking this budget-friendly alternative.

Coming up next: Kitchen/Terrace storage

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