We are in the midst of getting quotes for a small kitchen remodel – new countertops, sink and faucet, under cabinet lighting (still a maybe!) and a backsplash. As part of this kitchen reno, I wanted to get new counter stools. We got our original saddle back counter stools from Target 5 years ago and they are slightly worse for the wear. We use them A LOT. The island is just one of those gathering spaces that we eat at, we work at or we just doodle at. One of our Target stools now has a loose leg and we use it as a little side table in our loft area. The other good stool is sitting all alone at our kitchen island and we figured its time she retired.
I personally LOVE the Cherner counter stools. I mean just look at these beauties! There’s something so sculptural about it yet its elegant and warm and fits right into a variety of kitchens. I’ve read that they are incredibly comfortable and sturdy too. $800 a stool however may be a little out of my price range.
But what the Cherner stool has helped me do is to really narrow down what we want in a counter stool:
- Natural brown tones – our kitchen island is a dark java and we want a stool that will stand out against it enough but not so much like a white or colored stool. At the same time, we are getting white quartz countertops (most probably Torquay by Cambria) so a brown tone would help warm things up against the coldness of the stone.
- It has to have some kind of architectural sculptural feel to it. Granted this requirement is a little more vague but it should evoke something when you look at it.
- No thick padded stools – somehow those remind me of a more traditional kitchen and that’s definitely not a look we are going for.
- In line with number 3, we definitely want something modern looking.
After much researching, we finally settled on either wood or leather stools. Price wise we are looking at about $300 tops – we did find one that was $310 which is why the title of this blog post is so weird. Here’s our final 8. (As an aside, I think I’m driving Kristen nuts with these counter stools selections – we started with at least 16 and have now reduced it to 8). We can’t buy our stools before our countertops get here, but tell me which ones do YOU like?