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That Time We Accidentally Bought a New Table

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:

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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!

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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.)

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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?)

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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!

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  • shauna9.12.14 - 7:02 AM

    If you want to knock a spoon rest off your to-buy list, I have never loved a kitchen accessory more than I have loved this guy: http://www.fishseddy.com/rest-in-grease-spoon-rest.html

    Congrats on the crazy bargain for the table!ReplyCancel

    • Kim9.12.14 - 9:27 AM

      Thanks, Shauna! Sadly, it needs to sit on the top lip of our stove, which gives us about a 3″ width. I never thought I’d have to hunt for a spoon rest, and yet here we are! (Love the one you sent though!)ReplyCancel

  • Cara@theprojectaddict9.12.14 - 7:25 AM

    Love that table and for $75 you couldn’t pass it up! That outlet does have some amazing deals. Can’t wait to see what lighting you choose.ReplyCancel

  • Heather9.12.14 - 9:18 AM

    Looking good, Kim. I would go for two of the West Elm globe pendants over the table…if the decision was mine. :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim9.12.14 - 9:26 AM

      Thank you for the input! We just cannot decide. We’ve ordered the WE globe lights, and we’ll have to hold them up and see. We’re thinking that tiny bit of brass will look good with the curtain rods…ReplyCancel

  • ten9.12.14 - 9:49 AM

    Oh my gosh, I’ve been eyeing that same table (but I think the shorter version of it) forever! It won’t fit in my current little apartment. But someday! I liked hearing your opinion about it – it’s easier to make a decision by hearing what real people think about a product. It’s so great that you found it for such a deal!ReplyCancel

    • Kim9.12.14 - 10:02 AM

      Glad to hear! This actually is the shorter one, and it’s such a great size. Still seats 6!ReplyCancel

      • ten12.31.14 - 10:41 AM

        Hey Kim — Just curious, is this table actually more of a midtone, reddish stain? On CB2.com, it looks like it’s quite dark and more of a grey-brown. Could just be the lighting, I suppose.ReplyCancel

        • Kim12.31.14 - 10:52 AM

          It could vary from table to table, but there is a slight red tint to ours. Overall, it’s more medium brown, but up close, SOME of the planks are pretty red. I think it passes as pretty neutral though if you’re worried about it leaning too red!ReplyCancel

          • Kim12.31.14 - 10:53 AM

            Oh, meant to add that our dining area gets warm southern light, so that could play a factor!

  • Jen9.12.14 - 10:22 AM

    Were you in Naperville? Were you buying cookies at the Nabisco outlet? We lived there this summer and that CB outlet was one of my favorite things! The WE pendants are awesome but seem kitchen to me. You need to channel Jenny from LGN for some lighting inspiration! Love the table!ReplyCancel

    • Kim9.12.14 - 11:21 AM

      Nabisco outlet?! What! That’s amazing.

      We were at the outlet in the city, but we might need to check out the one in the ‘burbs too!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda @ Our Humble Abode9.12.14 - 10:39 AM

    What a steal on that table! At 75 bucks, I’d strap it to my back to walk it home if necessary. It looks perfect with your chairs and in the room, too.

    As for lights, I love the West Elm ones. If those don’t work, I’d look for a vintage globe. I’ve seen several at ReStore that look identical to the Rejuvination fixture, but a fraction of the price. I bought a 14 inch diameter light for $20. Love it!ReplyCancel

    • Kim9.12.14 - 11:20 AM

      We’ve considered checking out the salvage places as well! The only problem is finding one over 14″ wide – which is where the Rejuvenation one MIGHT come on. We might need to check again though!ReplyCancel

  • Colleen9.12.14 - 10:45 AM

    What a steal! Can’t wait to see what lights you put above itReplyCancel

  • What a steal! At original price, it’s a good deal considering it’s all wood. But, WOW! $75! I think we would have tried to talk ourselves into that too! It looks great in the space.ReplyCancel

  • Jenn B.9.12.14 - 10:57 AM

    The west elm ones!ReplyCancel

  • tia9.12.14 - 11:00 AM

    i love the expression on CC’s face in the third photo. it looks like she’s thinking “oh no not another photo”…lolReplyCancel

  • Emily K9.12.14 - 12:36 PM

    I prefer the West Elm pendant, but I’m interested to see which one you go with!ReplyCancel

  • Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog9.12.14 - 12:38 PM

    I know about not being able to find what’s on your list…I’ve had a ‘cute cookie jar’ on my list for YEARS…and still, I have no cookie jar lol. This table is gorgeous, love that you were able to find it for $75, it’s too good a deal NOT to buy, love the pictures too!ReplyCancel

  • Brooke9.12.14 - 2:43 PM

    So i tried googling but it didn’t come up. I’m gonna be in Chicago in a few weeks. Where is this CB2 outlet?!

    Love that table and totally jealous of your deal!ReplyCancel

    • Kim9.12.14 - 3:37 PM

      Oh, sorry to confuse you! It’s a Crate & Barrel outlet, but they also have CB2 items in there as well: http://www.yelp.com/biz/crate-and-barrel-outlet-chicago-2

      It’s not huge, but we realized that if you go on a Mon, Tues or Wed, it is PACKED full of stuff! They must re-stock on Mondays, so when we used to go on the weekends, everything was gone.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel @ My Two Pitties9.12.14 - 3:10 PM

    What a steal! We have several Rejuvenation lights…they ae beautiful! I love Schoolhouse Electric as well:)ReplyCancel

  • Elisa9.12.14 - 3:19 PM

    That’s an amazing deal! You couldn’t even DIY that for less! Plus.. a perfect fit. Way to go, guys.ReplyCancel

    • Kim9.12.14 - 3:36 PM

      Right?! I think our original table cost us about $90 in supplies, so this was for sure a steal.ReplyCancel

  • Jane @ The Borrowed Abode9.15.14 - 12:27 PM

    The best kind of accident is a furniture accident :) My friends have that table too and I love it.ReplyCancel

  • Oh my goodness!! The second I stumbled here from House of Hipsters and started reading this post, I was like, “yes!” I knew you were going to say the Crate & Barrel outlet. I went to one recently and could. not. believe. the deals on dining room tables. Not a single one was over $200 and they were huge! That place is truly dangerous (or awesome, depending on the reason that brought you there). :) Your find looks amazing & I’m excited to see more of what you do with the “new” house. xo!ReplyCancel

  • Tammy9.17.14 - 2:51 PM

    “”which ultimately turned into this $500 CB2 table being marked down to $75″”
    That is one heck of a deal!!! I would accidentally buy things if they were on a crazy sale like that too. Awesome story. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

    • Kim9.18.14 - 12:33 AM

      Yup, there was no way we could pass it up! It’s such a fun piece, too!ReplyCancel

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