Before + After: Susan’s Schoolhouse Dining Room
Susan was ready for an upgrade in her “fun and funky” dining nook. She wanted something a little more sophisticated and a tad less colorful than the cast-off chairs she had painted and used for the last “twenty-some years”…
After I wrote the last university tuition check for our son this past January I told my husband we needed to upgrade a few things around the house. We live in rural Iowa in a renovated one-room school house — approximately sixteen square feet is parsed out for a table and chairs — and for the last twenty-some years our odd collection of cast-off chairs I painted suited us fine, but now I wanted something a little more sophisticated, and maybe a tad less colorful.
We nabbed the tin ceiling tile for the wall from a “picker” friend and the claw-foot table was a family heirloom. I kept coming back to gray for a chair color, and when I saw the Willoughby Chair in “Elephant” in your catalog, I knew they would be perfect for our space. Besides giving our little school house a very upscale feel, they are extremely sturdy and comfortable. For the first time in my life I feel like I have “adult” chairs! Thank you west elm!
Susan shares stories and images of her life in her converted schoolhouse on her blog, Beckervue.
Images: Susan Becker