Elana Banana Counter Stool
I like the woven look, the comfort of a backed stool, and the fact that they are much heavier duty compared to our current backless stools which tip over on a fairly regular basis thanks to our monkey children:). The problem with purchasing these particular stools is that the nearest World Market is about 4 hours away, and they charge some pretty ridiculous shipping rates. For example, for 4 barstools, I would have to pay $60 shipping and $80 in surcharges. The other problem is that they dropped off the website for several months, so I figured they must have gone out of stock or become discontinued.
They popped back on their website a couple weeks ago, however, and I was able to track down a 'free shipping' code, so I ordered up 4 of them using my some of my garage sale fun fund:) and excitedly waited for them to arrive. When I opened up the first of two huge boxes, I discovered that the wood legs were darker than I was anticipating and the color of the sea grass didn't work as well with our granite as it did in my head:
I panicked for a bit, but decided to pick up one of my 'back up' stools for comparison:
Kubu Counter Stool
Sold by Pier 1, the Kubu Counter Stool is gorgeous and made of grey rattan combined with even darker legs. The grey colored complements our granite better, but I'm concerned about how well it would hold up.
I took this picture of a headboard made of the same material at Pier 1. One of the fibers was snapped, and while it could be 'repaired' by taking a piece of a koobo basket (Target sells these) and gluing it into the broken area, I'm not sure I'd want to be worrying about that happening on a regular basis. Also, the legs of the Kubu stool are almost black, and I don't love them against our cherry cabinetry and floors.
The stools cost about the same amount, and we could return the World Market stools on an upcoming trip to a town that has a World Market, but it would be a nuisance. I've been looking for stools with backs for years, and I prefer woven stools to pleather or wood versions. Perhaps a metal stool would work? Does anyone know of any alternatives in my $130/ stool budget? Do the World Market ones 'work'? If they don't work, is it the color or the woven pattern? Has anyone tried staining banana leaf before? Perhaps I could achieve a darker/grey color with a little stain and solve my problem. Or I could go with the Pier 1 version and sand/stain the legs and pray it doesn't break? Should I return them all:)? Sometimes, furniture buying is the worst!! If only I could custom order everything:)!!
I so appreciate any feedback you can provide. I'm anxious to make a decision and move on to the next project!
P.S. I just found these:
Tolix Bar Stool
...though they probably cost a fortune!!
P.P.S. Have a fantastic weekend, and if you live near a Cherry Berry, check it out if you haven't already. It is frozen yogurt heaven!