The Dining Room Table Tale

I’m so excited to announce that Noel & I bought our very first piece of actual furniture for the new house!  While I had planned on waiting until Black Friday to do any major furniture shopping, I’ve been keeping my eye out for any good deals that come along while we wait.  But before I get too ahead of myself, let’s go ahead and see where we started.

For those of you that haven’t seen a picture of our dining room, this is a glimpse of what we started with:

The Harriet House Dining Room Before

A lot will be changing (and already has changed) with this room, in addition to simply filling it with furniture.  For example, the wall on the left no longer exists (yay!), the floors will soon be refinished, and that awful beige color will definitely be going.  I’m still torn on what to do with the dark wood wainscoting on the walls, but that’s an entirely different conversation.  Anyways.

The dining room is a pretty good size, so we wanted to get a fairly large table to fill the space.  We were leaning towards something contemporary with perhaps a bit of a reclaimed look (or something reclaimed with a contemporary look), to complement the mix of old + new that we’re basing the rest of the house’s design around.

The first contender in our dining room table quest was the Basque Dining Table in honey from Crate & Barrel.  We liked it because of its simple design, and the slight color variation in the mango wood.  Plus, the $800 was pretty darn reasonable for such a high quality table.

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While we loved the table, it didn’t have quite the “reclaimed” look we were going for, and I was afraid the color of the wood would feel a little off when compared to the wood in our space.  So we continued our search.

As it turns out, about a month ago, Restoration Hardware decided to have a mega huge friends and family sale.  Being a big fan of their furniture, I drug Noel to the store to look at a table I had my sights set on: the Salvaged Boatwood Dining Table.  In my mind, this was the perfect table for our space.  It had the contemporary lines that we both loved, a reclaimed wood top, plus the metal legs gave it a bit of an industrial edge I knew Noel would love.  And he did.  And I did.  Until our dreams were crushed.

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You see, when we got there, we noticed that the top of the table was, let’s just say “very reclaimed.”  To the point where it looked like you’d get food stuck in all the divots and cracks (you can kind of see what I’m talking about in the picture below).  And that’s gross.  So we admitted defeat and decided to just walk around the rest of the store.

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And you guys, that’s when something crazy happened.  Noel pointed out this table:

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As we walked over to the Salvaged Wood Trestle Table, I honestly didn’t know if he was serious.  I mean, come on, look at those legs!  Mr. Clean Lines pointing out something with some dare I say detail?  My mind was boggled.  Sure, I really liked the table, but I thought it was something that was way to frilly for Noel’s taste.  Turns out he was being serious and he did like the table, but with its $3000 price tag, there was no way it was coming home with us.

After continually striking out, I started to look into other options.  I contemplated building a farmhouse table, but seeing as how I’ve had literally zero free time the last month, I decided that was completely unrealistic.  So I started looking into options to have a farmhouse table custom made.

Recently, I discovered a lot of people that build custom furniture will post ads on craigslist.  So I took to the ol’ craig and started researching all of these different people.  I saw a lot of beautiful tables, but nothing that really jumped out at me.  Until I saw this table:

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When I clicked on the picture, I literally let out an “oh my gosh” because the table was so gorgeous.  It ended up being for sale at this shop called Nadeau in Uptown, which was only 5 minutes from our house.  So I woke Noel up, got his approval, we hopped in the car, and went and bought this bad boy before someone else did.

As of today, our table sits disassembled in our living room (along with all of our kitchen appliances), waiting for us to refinish the floors so it can sit proudly in its new home.

Have you made any major furniture purchases lately? Let’s hear about them!

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One Response to The Dining Room Table Tale

  1. Raegan says:

    Love the bases on the table! Do you know the exact name of them?

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