My posts on refinishing my old Craigslisted Pottery Barn table have been by far the most viewed since I've been blogging... which is a little sad because we don't even have that table anymore!
The table in our old house:
It was just way too wide for the dining area of our new home (we did try it out for a couple of months) and the stain really took away from the beauty of the old existing floors of our new home:
(before we moved in)
The old table and six chairs cost a whopping $200 on Craigslist (still one of my best buys) and totaled closer to $300 after I made some refinishing mistakes and painted/ recovered the chairs.... so I think I really did well by reselling the old table for $175 and finding a new one for $125:
This table is much narrower than the old one and I love how the curves of the legs relate back to the curves of the chairs. Plus, the butterfly leaf is pretty convenient.
As you can probably tell from the before picture above, the massive chandelier didn't work in the space at all. Luckily, I'm a crazy hoarder and had this modern light tucked away in the garage six months before even buying a new house:
Here's what they look like now in the room (the colors are off due to my poor photography skills and back-lighting):
Over on the right, you can see an idea that we're playing around with and would eventually go up on the wall:
And, on the left, is that annoying bar *that isn't even large enough for my plates* and will go first thing after we rent out the garage apartment (which was my deal with Nate)!!