We finally did it! We made the switch to our new dining room table. I gave you a little hint about it at the end of this post. Here is the new table in all its glory.
If you remember, this is what the old table looked like.
The best part about replacing the old table with this one is that it was FREE!! The reason is because it is actually a desk.
Crazy right? A desk that is bigger then our old table. It was Alan's Grandfather's desk and Alan used it all through college. It is a heavy, solid wood desk that we had planned on using in the office.
Alan even stripped it and sanded it to get it ready for whatever stain we decided to put on it once we figured out the office. After we lived with it in there for 6 months, I thought it was really too big for the space.
But because of it's size, I thought that it might work as the kitchen table. When I told Alan this genius idea he informed me that his parents had used it for a dining table when he was growing up. I wish he had mentioned that earlier!
So we took it apart and moved it into the dining room. It fits perfect on the rug, but because it is longer and thinner then our old one, it seats six people a lot more comfortably.
I love the character of it. It needs some sanding, stain, and a protective coating since we will be eating on it. I do love the ebony stain that we had on the old table, but we might go with the same stain we used on the dresser.
Also, if you notice on the table, I got a white poinsettia!! We found this little one at Fresh Market. It worked perfect on the table out of the reach of Bennett.
The four corner legs on this table have also made eating with people easier. The old table was on a pedestal. It wouldn't have been as much of a problem if we had a formal dining room, but because this is all we have for eating we needed to maximize the space and this table definitely does.
The change also made my vision for the office come to life. I wasn't trying to work the desk into it anymore and could just start from scratch. That's when I came up with the office mood board from a few days ago. Isn't it crazy how things just work out perfectly sometimes? All I had to do was think of another use for something we already had and BOOM, all of our issues are solved. Perfection.