High/Low Project: Dining Set

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.

Dining Room - Before

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.

Our requirements:
-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.

RC Willey Dining Set

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.

RH Table

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.

Restoration Hardware 17th C Monastery Round Table

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:

Restoration Hardware 17th C Monastery Round 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!

Restoration Hardware 17th C Monastery Round Table

Now we can eat comfortably.  Not that this wasn’t comfortable…

Restoration Hardware 17th C Monastery Round Table

But this was much better.

Restoration Hardware 17th C Monastery Round Table

And of course, it was absolutely perfect for my birthday dinner of Karl’s homemade bbq chili.

Restoration Hardware 17th C Monastery Round Table

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.

Fall Pumpkin Parade

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  • Emma (Broke Ass Home)

    I love the way the table speaks to the wall and floor colors. It looks great!

    • Kenz

      Thank you! They were MFEO 🙂

  • Bethany Kline

    Glad to see you back, I have missed your posts!! that table is rad and I can’t believe the price tag, and from RH no less! Booya girl! <3

    • Kenz

      Thank you!!! I was pretty much blown away!

  • Stephanie, Sandpaper and Glue

    awesome! so glad the room is coming together 🙂

    • Kenz

      Me too! Having a place to eat is such a luxury 🙂

  • Cassie Bustamante

    oh that table is stunning! i love that finish! looking good!

    • Kenz

      Oh thanks! I’m very much in love with it 🙂

  • Emily May

    That table is so so good. And will last forever! It looks great in that space. Are you putting board and batten in this space? I actually kinda like the color blocked paint on the wall! Very modern looking!

    • Kenz

      Yeah, we are working on the b&b as we speak. but the color blocked walls are growing on me. I’m going to need to try it in the next room I paint.

  • Ainhoa

    LOVE that table! Did you look on Amazon for the glass? When we made our glass coffee table I looked over there and they had pretty decent prices (under $100). Then again my uncle gave us the glass top in the end, so I didn’t really confirm the price on Amazon.

    • Kenz

      I didn’t even think to look on Amazon! NEXT TIME! I should have known… Amazon has EVERYTHING!

  • That’s one good looking table!

    • Kenz

      I practically cat call it every time I walk past.

  • Ember1

    Love the table. I think with the price you got, it was the way to go. These guys, if you don’t know about them/for future projects, do often have great similar stuff on sale. Unfinished real wood. http://thewoodconnection.biz/furniture/ and their store is in Murray. They also have craft stuff.

    • Kenz

      I LOVVVVE the wood connection! It is pretty close to our house. If we were up for staining/finishing we would totally have gone this route. Hopefully as soon as our huge projects are done we can get back to more things like this!

  • This table is AWESOME. What a FIND! I’m yelling because I’m so excited.

    What did you do with the space where the table originally was? Or is that it? I’m not seeing the stencil. I think I’m confused.

    • Kenz

      Can you believe this is the SAME SPACE?! I know it’s crazy. There was a half wall and pillars between the living room and the dining room, and we tore that out. Then we added all those cabinets/built in hutch/bar. It doesn’t look the same space at all anymore. I’m really excited to do some before/after pictures.

  • Beth @ Sawdust and Embryos

    SaWEET! I know how much you thrive on a deal… and this table is absolutely perfect! Some things just aren’t meant to be DIYed, and there’s no harm in that. Great find!!

    • Kenz

      Eeee! Thanks! Good deals are my love language. And considering that all their other tables are $2500+, I definitely feel like I scored hard on this one.

  • Julia @cuckoo4design

    RH is awesome anytime 😉 Love the table and I can’t believe you found the perfect glass top.

    • Kenz

      I know! It’s like the universe loved me this time.

  • Amber @ Wills Casa

    I think you can add a mix of DIY and store bought items along with that high/low theory of yours! You are doing so much in that space you can treat yo self girl! Plus all of that was such a great deal. Everything seemed to fall into place perfectly!

    • Kenz

      Oh yeah! Pregnancy brain… I forgot to add that to my theory. DIY, High, and Low. Give that baby Beckett a squeeze from me!

  • Ashley

    LOVE that table. When we were looking at moving out from my in-laws’, we were on the same search, but our budget was so much smaller. We actually found an oval table with fold-down leaves at Euro Treasures in SLC for a screaming deal–and it’s this gorgeous mahogany. It fit perfectly in our Provo place (which was small) and now that we’re in NM, it unfolds beautifully, too. Nothing like finding the perfect set up!!

    So fun to see your house coming together. You guys are making fantastic progress and it looks fantastic!

    • Kenz

      I LOVVVVVE Euro Treasures. I’m so sad that we were never friends IRL before you moved!

      • Ashley

        I KNOW! You guys are in SLC though, right? That’s just far enough from Logan and Provo that it made it tough! We’ll just have to continue to be blog friends. And you’ll have to go to Euro Treasures for me because I LOVE THAT DANG PLACE.

        • Kenz

          Yep, Salt Lake, right in the middle 🙂 I love blog friends! I feel like now I need to take a trip to Euro Treasures asap.

  • Michelle

    It’s so pretty! *wipes drool* If Nate only knew that he could get out of table building if he’d let me buy RH! Hope you’re feeling better!

    • Kenz

      haha, but your table is going to be so rockin. I’m really excited to see it. I just have zero ambition to build a table, or make Aaron build one. The poor guy already has a major honey-do list he’s working on. Mainly finishing our retaining wall and fence.

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    • Kenz

      I like you.

  • Stunning! The table is perfect for your space and the deal you got on it makes it even better 🙂

    • Kenz

      Thank you! To say I love it is quite an understatement

  • Katja @ Shift Ctrl ART

    I just LOVE that new table of yours. Your room is really coming together. Love it!!

    • Kenz

      Thanks! I love this table SO much. It’s perfect for us 🙂

  • John @ Our Home from Scratch

    Love that table. Really beautiful piece.

  • Cynthia

    Hi! I am thinking about purchasing that table, which is off course is much more expensive now, and since you have had it for a while, I wanted to ask you if it has hold up well with daily use 🙂 I plan on buying a glass top, probably this one because it is cheap compared to custom ones:
    http://www.pier1.com/Round-Glass-Table-Top—48%22/2254542,default,pd.html and I want to make sure it is a good table! Thank you!

    • Kenz

      Hi Cynthia! I LOVE the table! It’s a great table for our family. I would definitely give it a good review. 5 stars. I agree that you should get a piece of glass for it to protect the top. Good luck!

  • April Fraser

    Hi, noticed this is an older post, but isn’t this table veneer? On the website it states wood and veneers, so Im curious about the staining. I would think food/drinks would be able to wipe right up.