There are lots of items still on our look-out-for list. You know, larger items such as lighting, rugs and shelving, but smaller items, too. Like a spoon rest. Or a butter dish. (I can’t make this up.)
One thing that was most definitely not on the list? A dining room table. Remember, we made one last year? Despite that small detail, we recently found ourselves coming home with one – one that looks a lot like the one we made, but just different enough to solve a few (tiny, really) issues in the dining room. Enter, this guy:
During a quick errand that has nothing to do with this house, we parked dangerously close to a Crate & Barrel Outlet, which of course turned into quickly popping in, which turned into oh my god, everything is on sale!, which ultimately turned into this $500 CB2 table being marked down to $75. And so begins the story of the time we accidentally bought a dining room table.
It’s slightly smaller in scale, coming in about 10″ shorter width-wise and 3″ shorter in depth. The wood is so smooth, it’s completely solid (no veneer here!), and it has the added detail of legs that shift in perspective as they round the table. It had been (severely) marked down due to missing its nuts and bolts, and it had the teeniest scuff along one edge. Like, 1/2″, barely there, itty bitty.
We waffled back and forth – but, wait, will it fit our chairs? We have a table! But this one is so smooth; can’t. Stop. Touching. – and during the waffle-fest, an employee informed us that by calling C&B customer service, they would likely send us the nuts and bolts. No questions asked. Sold!
As soon as our bolts arrived, we put everything together and realized that the arms on our chairs (which were staying! They’re a non-negotiable in the entire transaction) barely fit beneath, but by stacking rubber feet under the legs, they’d slide in easily. If you look closely, you’ll see that the table does ‘float’ above the ground, but a dining room rug will help.
The shorter width of this table, however, was a big, big bonus for us. As much as we loved our huge table of yore, this one allows for easier movement on the left! And the right! (We had tried rotating our old table altogether, but it made for an awkward and overly long layout.)
And as our exterior projects have wound down and we excitedly discuss what’s next?, we’ve been spending time tying up loose ends – the studio baseboards (which are done, by the way! Let’s drink!), the stairs (working on it!) and most definitely the guest room. But something that we’ve been noodling on for quite some time is our lighting situation in the dining room – or lack thereof. Our last table needed to scootch a smidge closer to the windows to allow for a larger walkway on the left, leaving our junction box off-centered. Now, we have a perfectly centered space for a fixture (or two?), and we’re actively narrowing down on a few clean and simple choices. (These? Or this?)
But the best part? Our story wrapped up perfectly when, at our yard sale last weekend, a good friend of ours stopped by, swooped in and scooped up our former table. Keeping it in the family; love it when that happens.
As we settle deeper and deeper into our new house groove (can we still call this new when we’ve been here for over a year?), it’s been challenging to find out what works, what doesn’t, and when to trust your gut and just go for something. Like a $75 table.
PS! Next week, Scott and I will be taking our annual week off to recharge these batteries. (Even though our anniversary is in November, we’ve bumped up our down time.) We’ll be back the week of the 22nd, refreshed and ready to dive into the fall season!