Table Inspiration

I have been on the hunt for a new dining room table forever. Since we live in a split level, the dining room space has to bridge the living room, with its dark wood and chocolate fabrics, and the kitchen, with its all white cabinetry.

With so many beautiful pictures and ideas floating around the web, finding rooms and furniture to covet is easy.  A while ago, I ran across this picture and thought the table would be perfect:

Source: The Old White Cottage

Unfortunately, as is often the case, my tastes and my budget do not align. I found similar tables in furniture stores everywhere, but none of them were quite right. Most of them had a lighter stain on the tabletop than I wanted, and all of them were pricey. Then, one day, I spotted this little diamond-in-the-rough at our local Salvation Army.

Thrift store table - before.

Price Tag: $69.99 (Pretty steep price tag for a thrift store, I thought. Not that it stopped me from grabbing the tag and making a mad dash for the register, much to my husband’s horror delight.)

On my agenda this weekend is stripping and refinishing the table, while my husband toils away in our basement … and answers my endless questions.

     Do we have a sander?

     How long do I need to leave the stripper on?

     How bad are these fumes for my lungs?

     Can I start painting the legs while I wait?

Multi-tasking is a beautiful thing.

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