Wrought Iron Kitchen Chairs
Captivating Cottage Style Kitchen
Full of abundant detail, this cottage style kitchen offers a little of it all. Peek-a-boo cabinets with lighting draw the eye upwards to the captivating tray ceiling. From there, the black pendant lights brings you back down to the dark gray marble countertops that sit atop white detailed cabinets. The blue and white plate detail and homey patterened wallpaper makes this cottage vibe come to life.
Wrought iron kitchen chairs can add a touch of style using one of the most durable materials available. Wrought iron can be made into a wide range of chair designs from French country with curved filigree swirls to more straight contemporary lines.
Jason and Lauren Frye didn’t let small spaces and a tight budget stop them from gutting their 1973 Wilmington, N.C., kitchen. First on their must-have list was high-quality custom cabinetry, so Lauren’s dad — an experienced cabinetmaker — offered to help as a housewarming gift.
Makeovers on a Budget
They budgeted the rest of their expenses by spending hours comparison shopping online for materials. "We knew we couldn’t afford top-of-the-line everything, but there were some things we just didn’t want to sacrifice," says Jason. When the new kitchen was complete about two months later, they knew they had gotten the most bang for their buck.
Sleek 3-inch-by-6-inch white tiles, which cost about $4 per square foot, fill the space between the upper and lower cabinetry. "We felt the subway tiles were a key style feature, so we spent a little extra for the look," says Lauren. They added a narrow black tile band to break up the white.
For the Roman shade above the sink, Jason and Lauren found a black-and-white striped fabric for a few dollars per yard at a local discount fabric store. The graphic pattern repeats the backsplash style and is a relief from all the green. They hired a seamstress to sew and install the shade.
The Fryes added extra pot and pan storage for not a lot of money. The copper pot rack keeps their supplies within easy reach, and complements the warm maple counters. Below it, an inexpensive magnetic woodblock holds knives without taking up valuable counter or drawer space. (Hammered copper pot rack, $78, wayfair.com)
Since they were already splurging on custom cabinets, the Fryes got creative with some of the awkwardly located nooks. Instead of wasting precious storage space, they maxed out tiny cubbies by giving them specialized functions. For instance, they built an appliance garage at counter level and a cutting board bay next to the prep counter.
Knobs and Pulls
"The milk-glass knobs ($4.50 each) have a timeless look, just like the beaded-board cabinets and subway tile backsplash," says Lauren. To add a modern flair to the cottage style, she picked out sleek stainless steel handles ($8 each) for the upper cabinet doors. "That little bit of metal keeps the kitchen current without pricey stainless appliances."
They ditched the dated linoleum in favor of durable 12-inch-by-12-inch ceramic tiles (less than $1 per square foot, plus the cost of installation). "We saw some beautiful hardwood flooring that we had to pass on because it was out of our price range," says Jason. But once the plaid area rug was down, they knew they’d made the best decision.
A chair may be made fully of wrought iron, mostly of wrought iron with a cushioned seat, or made of wood or other material with wrought iron accents in the arms or back. Wrought iron is usually black, but it can also be painted in white or another favorite color. You can find wrought iron chairs with the metal "distressed" for a vintage or "shabby chic" look.
As one of furniture's toughest materials, wrought iron can be a good choice if you have active children in the house. It's not likely to be damaged by everyday use, and the metal is easy to clean. To add comfort to a wrought iron chair with a metal or wooden seat, add a cushion in a pretty pattern or solid color that complements your kitchen's decor. You can find cushions for both the seat and the back of a chair and change them out with the seasons, the holidays, or your mood.
Wrought iron furniture can look like it belongs outdoors, which is not necessarily a bad thing if you like a garden look. Set up your wrought iron dining set in a sunny corner of your eat-in kitchen to bring a bit of the outdoors inside. You can also incorporate an eclectic look by sliding your wrought iron chairs under a table made of a different material, such as a glass-top table with legs that may be of wrought iron or wood. Choose painted wrought iron chairs (or paint them yourself in a favorite color) and slip them under a wooden table to provide a whimsical color pop to a country kitchen. For a more traditional look, chairs with a mix of wood and wrought iron are a good choice. You'll want your table to either match or complement the chairs.
You can find wrought iron kitchen chairs in a range of prices. These chairs can be found at discount stores and home improvement centers at reasonable prices. If you have a kitchen island or breakfast bar, you can also find bar stools made of wrought iron. If your budget allows it, you can also find custom-designed chairs with unique designs crafted by a metalsmith.
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