Time for a Dining Room Update!
We went from long, dark and heavy to old, round and gorgeous!
When we first moved into this house we set up the dining room in the upstairs sunroom. The table fit (it’s huge!) and we had room for a small sitting area at the other end so it seemed like it would work. But we rarely used it. Sorry for the poor phone pic but it’s all I could find.
The room with the best view in the house and it turned into a dumping ground for mail, crafts, project paraphernalia and anything else that didn’t have a home (or that we didn’t want to carry to its home). So I moved our living room into the sunroom and the dining room into the living room.
The former living room, now dining room, is in the center of the house so it’s still a bit of a catch all but we’re working on it. We have this really (really) large black table. With both leaves it will seat 12. Did I mention it’s really big? This room doesn’t get a lot of natural light (those two windows you see are the only windows in the room) and the black table made it feel like a cave.
I had contemplated replacing the long table with a round table but I didn’t want to lose the seating. Every table I found that would seat 8 or more required a leaf which then made the table oblong and I wanted round.
Now, if you know me at all, you know I’m
cheap frugal. Round tables that are as large as I wanted, that I liked, were not cheap. I have champagne taste evidently. I kept trolling Craigslist hoping something would come up and Yay! it did.
A six foot farmhouse table. Solid wood top. Seats eight comfortably, ten in a pinch. I think the loss of seating was worth it. It’s not too dark but not shiny new. I didn’t really want a pedestal table and this one has legs. Score! The legs are painted a flat black so they’re not in your face.
I had hoped to place the table at the end of the room near the stairs and put a small seating area right in front of the fireplace but it just didn’t work out to have it there. The room felt lopsided. I moved furniture and moved furniture and moved furniture and just couldn’t make it work. So I moved the table back to the center of the room. We also updated the light fixture. Gone is the brass and faux wood ceiling fan.
And because we are all about being real, here’s what’s on the other side of that table. The black table is legless, leafless and Reggie is making sure it doesn’t go anywhere. This little chair and table set used to sit in front of the fireplace but it just doesn’t go with the room now so I have to decide whether to sell it or use it somewhere else in the house. You’ll also notice doggie crate doors in some of the pics…hey, we live here 🙂
You can check out the Dining Room Pinterest board for a look at the inspiration pics of beautiful round tables.