Dining Differences

>> 7.11.2012

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:

What can I say, it was only $50 at Marshall's and I figured we would eventually buy a house that needed a new light. Nate, again, thought I was crazy. Score one for team hoarders! Bonus: I sold the old chandelier for $30 on Craigslist.

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)!!

Speaking of the garage, we began staining the floors last night. It is embarrassingly far away from being presentable, so I'll give you an update later this week when we (hopefully) sort out how to make it look less splotchy. I think I also owe you a better picture of the true dining room wall color- one day!


Sara @ Russet Street Reno July 11, 2012 at 11:40 AM  

The new table is beautiful, and that light was a perfect hoard!

the cape on the corner July 11, 2012 at 1:21 PM  

team hoarders unite!

love the new table/chairs combo, and what the heck is up with that bar area? yikes. i'd knock that puppy down, too!

m @ random musings July 11, 2012 at 5:31 PM  

can't wait to see the progress - I'm planning opaque stain/paint for our basement floor (ala young house love's first sunroom) and any extra tips you could offer would be awe.some.

btw, lovelovelove the details you're sharing on becoming a landlord.

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards July 12, 2012 at 3:02 PM  

This looks so good. I love the shape and style and the chairs look great with it. And don't get me started on the light fixture. Great deal. Hoarders for the win!

Misty July 12, 2012 at 9:33 PM  

You can repurpose the legs of that bar into something fabulous!

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