Hey friends. I’m pretty behind on blogging. But I’ll do my best to catch you up quickly to where we’re at. Think of this as your DVR’ed IBK. You can even fast forward the commercials.
Do you ever get stuck when it comes to designing a room? I have one philosophy that always rings true. A good design is a mix of high and low price items. Oh the things you learn from Sabrina Soto.
We had this outrageously large 8-seater dining table… for 2 people. We didn’t need it, and most importantly, it wasn’t fitting well in our space.
Now I have a confession. Where did this table come from? It came with our house. For those of you newbies to the blog, our house was previously owned by The Salvation Army. If that doesn’t make us the ultimate thrift shoppers, I don’t know what does 😉 Macklemore would be proud. The Salvation Army left this table behind, and for the past 2 years we’ve been using it.
But with our huge changes being made upstairs, we knew it was time for a new table. We listed our dining set on the classifieds and were able to get $500 for it.
Table shopping isn’t like couch shopping. You have the option to either DIY it, or buy it. I knew I would get flack for being the world’s worst DIY blogger by not building our own amazing farmhouse table or refinishing something from the 90’s into something rustic. But it just wasn’t going to happen. We still have SO much to finish with our open concept reno, AND the baby coming, AND my rough pregnancy. So buying a ready-to-go table was the plan.
-Must be solid wood
-Must be round
-Must be durable
Sounds easy. But our search was bringing EXPENSIVE results. Sure there are affordable dining set options, but they are particle board covered in veneer. So we realized we were going to be realistic with our table budget. $1000. Couldn’t find anything that I liked online, Amazon, Overstock, Ebay (and so on). The big box furniture stores had dining sets, but they weren’t quite the right style I wanted. This one was $1134.
Ug. No. Just not the right style.
If you know anything about me you know that I would move into Restoration Hardware if it weren’t illegal. I wanted so badly to look at their tables, but you know, when you think Restoration Hardware, you think a gazillion dollars. But I have the self control of Honey Boo Boo, and I looked anyway.
And I found this table for $845! And Restoration Hardware is always having some kind of sale. At this time, it was 20% off your purchase. Hello perfect table for $676.
I was able to score a brand-new, in the package stain-resistant rug on the classifieds for $50. And I bought a set of 4 dining chairs on Overstock.com for $262.99 (which is cheaper than the similar IKEA chairs we were looking at!). That brought our entire dining set to a total price of $988.99.
RH’s “white glove delivery service” brought this baby over and put it just where I wanted. And then they warned me. “This water stains VERY easily.” So the panic set in. NO ONE was allowed to use the table until we got a piece of glass for the top.
I started calling around to different glass shops. Why has no one told me how expensive GLASS is?! The quotes were from $170-290 and going to take 3-5 weeks to be manufactured. I was so confused because, this was a pretty standard shape and size. 48″ circle. ???
So I took to the classifieds, and found a lady selling this table:
I called the lady to see if the glass came apart from the base, and if it was in good condition. I told her I just wanted to buy the glass. And she sold it to me for $50!
Now we can eat comfortably. Not that this wasn’t comfortable…
But this was much better.
And of course, it was absolutely perfect for my birthday dinner of Karl’s homemade bbq chili.
We have the light fixture that we’re going to hang over the table, but we haven’t hung it yet. We’re making sure the table is in the exact spot it will live before we center the light above it. The room is really starting to come together. The baseboards are almost finished, which means the board and batten will be done soon too. That will probably be the next post I write 🙂 So stay tuned, fine people of the interweb.
Oh, and keep your eyes out for this fall pumpkin project I’ll be a part of! Hopefully you’ll come back with your pumpkin posts ready to link on up.