A couple of months ago, I proudly posted about our hand-crafted table we put in the French room. With some free wood planks picked up from the side of the road, we turned a standard white desk/table to a reclaimed wood dining table. It was a nice project, and we liked the look of the nearly-raw wood.
But the thing about nearly-raw wood with just a couple thin coats of sealant is that it leaves for a rough, unsteady, splintery finish. While we loved the look and the rustic quality of our handmade table, we realized, in time, it just wasn't practical.
So, we were on the lookout for table replacements for a few weeks. I've always loved the look of the '50s-style Formica tables and accompanying vinyl chairs, so Eric kept his eye out at thrift stores for a good fit. (You know, one that looked just as cute as below)
After some though, however, we knew that style of table would be a much better fit in our little retro kitchen, and wouldn't work well with what we already had going on in the French room. The wood-topped table was a great, balanced fit with the more sleek, mid-century modern decor in the room, so we decided to go with a similar look.
Enter: The Jackson table from World Market. World Market is having a fantastic 25% off all furniture through November 24th, so we jumped on that great deal and decided on their industrial-style Jackson table. I loved the deep wood finish and the metal legs were a good balance. We ended up purchasing the table for around $250 - a steal as far as dining tables go!
After a minor snafu in actually getting the table home (its box was about one inch too wide to fit into my car to bring home on the first visit, so Eric had to recruit a very nice coworker with an SUV to help haul it a few days later), it's now a great fit in our French room. Please overlook the folding chairs that currently sit there - we're still deciding on which chairs we actually want to purchase for the table, though I love the look of the metal chairs staged with the table on the World Market web site (pictured below) - we'll probably end up going with those.
The table looks slightly large in the room, but just thinking about having guests over, it will be able to sit six comfortably, possibly even eight. And for a girl who like to host parties and get togethers, that's a huge plus for me.
So, though you know we really love finding furniture for our house at garage sales, thrift stores or even making them on our own, we decided maybe its best to get a sturdier table that won't put splinters in our elbows every time we sit down to eat. I know, I know, hard to please, right??
The next step? Buying those chairs to fit around the table. I think the room will look much more put together once we have some appropriate chairs in place. We said we'd buy some for it waaaaaay back in July, and as you can see we're still rocking the thrift-store folding chairs. Will we have dining room chairs before the year 2012? Only time will tell....