Ha! You thought you knew me, and so you thought that after I posted about the plan for finishing up my dining room a couple of weeks ago, you wouldn’t hear about the project for months. To prove you wrong, I am back already with updates!
We’re picking up the story when the room looked like this:
As I explained before, this is already a long, long way from where it actually started… but it is also a long way from where it should be. One of the biggest unresolved issues is sitting right in the middle of the room: the dining room table and chairs.
Its pretty crazy that those are still featured so prominently in my house. All were free from different sources, and obviously weren’t intended to form a set. For example, the dining room table is with me because when I moved into my first apartment after college, the people who had just left didn’t bother to move it out! The chairs were free, and while I love them individually, they don’t go well together.
My New Chairs
To finish this room, I need to make three new furniture purchases: a table, chairs, and a china cabinet. With the built-in painted white and my cabinet painted yellow, I am not looking to introduce a new paint color, so these pieces need to be wood (and possibly metal and/or white if adding three all-wood components ends up being too heavy).
Most people into decor have a few housing items that they are really into, and for me it is lighting, small cabinets, and chairs. Just ask Sage how many times I stop her in flea markets for these things. (The answer is every. Every time.) So I knew that I wanted to start with the chairs to get ones that I really loved, and then pick the other pieces around those.
I was looking for chairs with a low profile so they wouldn’t fight against my already-statement-making chandelier. After much searching and soul-searching, I picked out the John Vogel Chair from West Elm in Acorn/Charcoal. They were definitely a splurge, and I credit my parents for putting them within reach by buying some of the set for me as a birthday gift 🙂
I love the low back, dark wood, woven seat, and gentle taper of the legs. They are sturdy and comfortable.
They definitely make a huge difference, and it shows that 6 can be seated comfortably in that space!
Yeah, I’m really into them.
Of course, there is still something wrong with those images, which bring us to…
Dining Room Table Advice
This table has been a trooper. It is sturdy, and I do love that the top is tiled, which means that I was able to do messy crafts and set hot dishes right on it throughout my careless youth. But I am a grown-up now, and blond wood, peach tile, and farmhouse legs just aren’t my style.
It is time for a new one.
The chairs I got are mostly wood, and I plan to get a wood china cabinet, so I am starting to think that an all wood table will be a little much for the room. I am not looking for something painted, but glass, metal, white enamel, or one of those combined with wood, all sound like a good idea.
With that in mind, I’ve been looking at a handful of options – and I’d love your thoughts on which would work best!
First up is the simplest, but I really love it – this very basic all white Parsons Table from West Elm. I think it would brighten the room without fighting the other pieces in there for attention. And is it too-blogger to be excited for such an easy all white photography surface? Plus, the price is great ($499, and on sale now for $399).
Since we don’t have marble counters in our kitchen, I am really drawn to this marble and iron table from CB2. It would add a different note to the room, and isn’t crazy expensive for what it is (currently listed at $999). But do we want such sharp metal edges, and will we stain the marble?
But then take a look at this wood and lacquer table from West Elm, which seems to combine the best of the last two options (hello pretty photography surface that also looks easy to clean). It is the exact same dimensions as our current table which fits great. I love the look and it is reasonably priced ($699 and currently on sale for $559).
Similar is this one from Rove Concepts. I love the simple silhouette, but I do wonder if the shape is too similar to the chairs I already have? Plus, it is more expensive ($995).
It’s variations on a theme here 🙂 Here is a parsons style wood and white top table from Crate and Barrel that I also really like. The one that is the right size for my space is $839. But does it look more kitchen than dining room?
Finally, a totally different look from this metal and wood one from CB2 for $799. It is a more modern/artsy look, but I think its really fun. I just worry that my chairs are so busy that the cool legs won’t really come through.
I love them all, so I could use some advice. Do you think I need a not-all-wood table? Which of these do you like best? How would you pick?