Thursday, January 12, 2012

We got the dining table!

I really didn't mean to keep you in suspense, I just haven't had a chance to blog about the dining table!

We got it!!

We drove up to Goodlettsville on Saturday to meet the woman who was selling it. We found out that it was her mother's, meaning it had been in the same family since it was first bought. I love to think about how many family dinners and celebrations happened at this table and the homework and learning and life lessons that occurred here. I love to think about our children one day doing homework at this table and us having our first dinner party and Christmas at our house and all the memories we will have with our first real grown-up table.

It has so much character and Kathy (the woman we got it from) showed me the 3 different upholstery fabrics on the chairs - from the 60s, 70s, and 80s. I love that you can see hints of past decades when you look at the bottom of the chairs.

I love that Andy and I can both work at the table, whether it's an art/craft project or working on our computers and still have plenty of room. Saturday night, we worked on one half of the table and when we were ready to play a boardgame, we moved down a chair and sat at the other half! Our previous table (that I bought for $20 at a yard sale) was half the size of this table.

I love that it was a great price (really great!) - cheaper than a new dining set. And it comes with a leaf so one day when we're in a bigger house, we can even accommodate more people.

I love that it feels like REAL furniture. It feels authentic and purposeful and intentional. This is the table we have because it's beautiful, has history, and will serve us well.

I am on the lookout for the perfect fabric to recover the seats. It needs to coordinate with the curtains and our table runner (which you can see a hint of in the 2nd photo).

I am so happy with our new-to-us table! I tell ya - it pays to stalk Craigslist. :)

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  1. wow, I really do love your new dining table and chairs, and it is going to go so perfect with your other furniture. Now, if we can just find you a couch! :)

    I'm so happy that it's basically a one-owner, that you got it from a family rather than a thrift store! So sweet!

  2. It's beautiful! And it's got those chairs that hug the back just right. Congratulations!

  3. The dining set is beautiful but I'm really into your curtains!!! Found ya from Eartha Kitsch :D

  4. thanks y'all! molly - i totally lucked out on those curtains. a friend was selling them at a yard sale and can you believe i even hesitated to pay a whopping $20 for them? i was like "oh, i dunno..." and i even left emptyhanded and then called her later to confirm. this was before my vintage-loving days so i'm really really glad i got them, even back then!

  5. Congrats on the new table! I love it!


  6. it is gorgeous! i'm so glad you guys got it!

  7. Oooh! Your home looks so lovely! Now I am going to search your blog for more pictures of your home, haha. I love finding home inspiration!

  8. Years ago I was searching Craigslist for a dining room set, and I found one I loved. As I studied the picture, I thought it reminded me of my Grandmother's table....and what a second, that looks an awful lot like her garage! Of course, I called her and now I have a dining room table that I love, and love the memories of huge family dinners I know it has.

  9. What a BEAUTIFUL dining set! Perfect for it to go to someone that appreciates it and will take good care of it.


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