I always know my husband likes my furniture work because he frequently tries to hijack pieces for our own home, rather than letting me post them on craigslist to sell. While I appreciate this flattery, the whole point of the work is too make a little money. And yes, I'm just as guilty as he is about keeping things that should be sold, but when it comes to our dining room table, I have to draw the line.
There was a shameful time in my life when I purchased A LOT of Bob's Discount furniture- it was junky, but cheap, and I hadn't yet realized the magic of refurbishing vintage pieces. One of the items I spent the most on was a dark composite wood dining table with chairs. We lugged the table around for several years before I realized that I really really wanted a solid wood farm style dining table. Something with bold lines, and if possible, a huge antique refectory table. Well those tables are about $1000 to start, so I had to make my own. After several months of careful searching, I found a solid maple vintage table that had great lines for $45, but was stained a yucky red. I sanded and sanded and sanded and finally got down to the raw wood, and then stained the table a dark rich color. I love our dining room table, it's one of my favorite pieces. That's why I won't switch it out for the round oak pedestal table my husband is fixated on. Here is my dining room table, the round oak one in the raw, and a bunch of others that I love as well.
|the flash makes the table look redder than it actually is. Don't you love those thick legs, and the apron is very subtly arched on all four sides|
|Here's my table without the flash, and the dark chocolate brown is much closer to the actual color.|
Sooo- I know it's cute and has great lines and a lot of potential- but can we all agree that my current table is better?
|I love everything about this table- the scrolled base is so elegant, but the top is all business.|
|This actually looks a lot like my dining table. It's got great lines and a wonderful patina. So pretty!|
|The chairs really make this set. They're so unique and delicate.|
|I love the heft and rawness of this table. Really, it's stunning. I would build an entire house around this table.|
|Delicate without being fussy, the light oak table top compliments the soft white of the legs and chairs well.|
|The reclaimed barn wood top is all elegance with those modern lucite chairs- I would sincerely love to see the rest of this house.|
|So refined and restrained. The turnings on the legs of the chairs and the scale of the table are so grand- and look at the backdrop. These people need to invite me over for dinner!|
|Wilder than I would normally go- but with the uber modern setting, the table can be the showpiece and not seem over the top.|
|The traditional colonial setting gets a kick in the pants with this industrial style slab table. The metal chairs and exposed bulb lights add to a nonchalant yet classic look.|