March 27, 2008

The Great Dining Room Table Hunt

So we've been looking for a dining room table for two years now. Here's the post from when we first redid it (alot's changed since then!) But everything is either:

a.) HUGE -we have a little dining area that’s completely open to our living room in our 1948 home. We do not have a big house and we are not big people we do not want/need big furniture. Problem being that a lot of houses are oversized and the furniture available matches that trend.

b.) Way too ornate - like it should be in a McMansion with lots of fypon scrolls. We are not fypon people. Plus that style wouldn’t match any of our other furniture or our house or our lifestyle anyways.

c.) Uber expensive - why is anything even remotely modern with clean lines automatically millions of dollars? Or super cheaply made? (Ikea & Target I’m looking at you.)

d.) Didn't have leaves. We wanted leaves. Plural. Most tables sold now are big to begin with and only have one leaf or no leaves at all.

e.) Came with a buffet and a hutch and wouldn't be sold separately and we don't need all of that business.

Plus

f.) we are too lazy to go antiquing often enough to find anything good but we are both architects and are therefore unreasonably picky about things like furniture. It’s bad when one person is picky… but when they both are? Well…then it takes 2 years to find a table. See above list.

So anyways – my mom's on break and bored this week so she went scoping in all of the secondhand stores in Lakewood for us. And in the same store as the set my mom loved (pretty. very very pretty. but a bit too frilly for us and also a bit out of our price range) was an authentic 1950’s Danish Modern set:
Our new dining room set
sorry for the crappy cell phone pictures - I didn't have my camera with me...
Our new dining room set
Our new dining room set
Our new dining room set
Super super excited about it. I have to recover the chairs (no biggie there – hi grandma! Can I borrow your staple gun again?) and it definitely needs polished and cleaned up but for what we paid we got an excellent deal. And it came with 6 armchairs and 2 leaves. Plural. We couldn’t be happier. Plus I was getting really sick of dragging the kitchen table into the dining room every time Matt had poker night or we had people over for dinner.

Can’t wait to pick it up!

Also – anyone know of a good electrician? ‘cause we need a new dining room chandelier STAT. Wonder if we could find an artichoke lamp for less than a billion…. Because, really, to complete the theme of Danish design we totally need a Poulsen. Hmmmmm….

PS – the sweet 16 are duking it out right now. Chloe is currently ahead –and up soon? Beyoncee vs. Jlo. Battle of the shiny outfits. I can’t wait.

13 comments:

  1. Beautiful dining set. LOVE the chairs. Was going to suggest the antique-route (yes, there is that "time-thing"). My 1940s mahogany set (6 chairs, table, 2 leaves and buffet) was $200. Could use some work, but a wonderful price. Then I picked up 2 mahogany chairs in the trash and had them repaired.

    ANYWAY, congratulations! It is just beautiful.

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  2. That dining room set is fanTAStic! Love it!

    I had some serious craiglist mojo going when we moved into our house. Scored us a few really great pieces for a steal. You have to dig through a lot of crap posts to find the gems, but sometimes, it pays off!

    A sputnik would look fab with that table, too! I found a knockoff for $65 at a flea market. eBay's a great place to score lighting fixtures, too.

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  3. Ugh, I just used "too" twice in one paragraph. :P

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  4. LOVE! I am always on the lookout for a better table myself, so I share your frustrations--glad it worked out this time!

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  5. We have a great electrician. Vladimir with Village Electric (I think he's the only one with the company) 216.861.8550.

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  6. Great table and chairs!

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  7. Beautiful set. Nice find! Congrats!

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  8. can't wait to see it in your house - it's gonna look GREAT!

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  9. Love the table and chairs. When will furniture makers figure out that not all houses are McMansion sized? Looking forward to pictures.

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  10. Beautiful! I have yet to scope out all the Lakewood antique shops, although I've lived here for almost a year now...

    Love the doggie marina pictures, too. Sophie is digging the warm weather as well, half-zooming half bunny-hopping around the yard.

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  11. Wow - this set is beyond cool and what a fabulous find!!!! I have been roaming Litchfield cty's antique stores and vintage stores and have not found any bargain yet!! Congratulations! :-)

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  12. Nice Blog!! Spacify is one of the Dining Room Furniture Stores which has huge collections of Dining Furniture.

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