Wait a sec…let me start this off with a little dance.
I’ve had this song stuck in my head for the past two days as I have been admiring my brand new, well brand new to me, Craigslist find (okay and maybe doing a little bit of the dance around my house too). In my last post (about my stellar porch furniture thrift store discovery), I mentioned how my front yard has more furniture than my sad little empty dining room. Well, not any more!
As I was looking for some inspiration and designer advice on where to start, I stumbled across a tip for choosing a table depending on the room’s shape. (Rectangle or oval tables for rectangular rooms; round tables for square rooms.) I’d never thought about getting a round table until reading this tip, but it made sense. The search for the perfect one began two months ago at my favorite place to shop, Craigslist. But it couldn’t be a chintzy rickety table either if it was going to withstand my crazy family.
I’m one of those Pottery Barn fanatics who loves the rustic chic look but hates the not-so-shabby price tag. Hey, a girl can dream.
As I window shopped for inspiration on the PB website in hopes of one day finding a stellar look-a-like, I found this beauty:
Sumner Extending 48″ Pedestal Dining Table
Since I couldn’t swing that $1600 price, I shrugged it off and thought, “Maybe when I make my first million.” Ha. Meaning: Not gonna happen on a teacher’s salary. It’s the bargain hunter in me who runs screaming when it comes to paying full-priced retail for anything.
Then, one evening after I had the little one bathed and already snoozing in her crib and the kitchen was cleaned by my super sweet hubby (not sure how all of that happened miraculously together), I hopped on the laptop on a whim of searching for the coveted table that would probably never be within my grasp. I search “Pottery Barn” every chance I get just to see what will pop up.
And BOOM. There it was. A Pottery Barn 48″ pedestal dining table for $250.
And it had just been listed a few hours earlier from a seller in my very own town. You better believe that I jumped on that e-mail and my little fingers could hardly type fast enough (more on some of my tips with that part later). Get it now? I jumped on it. Yeah yeah, I know I’m lame. My English students remind me daily.
Okay, okay it’s not the exact table, but it’s practically an earlier model. The fact that it is solid wood was a huge selling point to me. That particle board veneered stuff wouldn’t stand the test of time like this mac daddy would. I like that it came with an extending leaf so that we can accommodate for holidays and birthday parties and things. It had a scratch and one or two dings, but that’s the beauty of rustic. Embrace it. 🙂
We loaded it up last night and placed it in our now not so bare dining room. Then, I broke out my victory dance.
I’m torn on whether or not I want to refinish it and stain it a shade or two darker. Or even gray wash it Restoration Hardware-style.
I’m terrified of messing it up though, so I’m leaving it the way it is for now. If one day I get the urge and the courage, I might see what happens. Next stop on the quest: dining room chairs.