Okay, so I really hesitated on posting photos of the new dining room table – basically since there’s nothing else in the room at the moment. It’s just one of those tables that may not look too spiffy on its own, but once we add chairs, curtains, a light fixture, color!, and wall art – it’s going to be a-freaking-mazing. At least that’s how I see it in my head. So, just be patient with me and try to visualize what this cake will look like with the icing, decorations and candles…
We went with Restoration Hardware’s Flatiron Dining Table. After a bunch of pondering and measuring, we decided to go with the 112″ table and chose the rust finish for the legs. The top is made from amazing antique reclaimed elm doors and we’re kind of obsessed with it. I wish it looked as good in photos as it does in person, but I think it’ll get better once more things are added to the room. Another side note: taking photos of a pretty much empty room is extremely hard (mainly because the light has no where to go) – so bear with me.
So, here’s how we ended up choosing this particular table… Originally, we had our eyes on their Salvaged Wood Trestle Table. My parents actually have this same table in their dining room and Greg and I both love it. If you’ve seen it in person, you know what kind of love I’m talking bout. However, it’s one of those pieces that you own forever and ever amen and it came with a $4k price tag (including shipping). Seeing as how at this point in our lives, we’re pretty sure we aren’t going to live in this house forever, we didn’t want to buy a table and have to buy/build our next house around said table. In the end, it seemed pretty irresponsible to spend that much money on a table for this house. So, the search continued.
Once that was off the table – no pun intended – we searched everywhere for a rustic reclaimed wood table we loved. Local boutiques, big chain furniture stores, Etsy, out of town furniture outlets, local furniture craftsmen, antique stores… you name it, we looked there. I promise. We found a bunch of beautiful tables we liked but we had a really hard time finding one between 100 and 120 inches long. Our old table was 100 inches and we knew another table that size would fit well, but we could also lengthen it just a tad for more elbow room. We toyed around with the idea of building our own table, but we knew we couldn’t get that true reclaimed wood top we wanted without purchasing old barn wood which (around our neck of the woods) would ultimately cost more than buying one. Plus, neither Greg nor myself is a handy woodworker. We wanted a table that would last and wasn’t a DIY project we’d want to get rid of in 12 months. So, our search took us back to Restoration Hardware.
Over the past few years, I’ve seen their Flatiron Dining Table used in a bunch of different types of spaces (images from here, here and here). It’s so versatile, and I’ve always loved the rustic look of it mixed with more polished/modern finishes. It came in the right length, right width, and at the right price, and the delivery charge wasn’t astronomical like some of the others we looked at. We were also in love with the character and how it looks like a great table to have hours and hours of great conversation around. Like other RH products, this table is built to stand the test of time. Our thought was that if down the road, in our “forever home”, I get my huge home studio space I dream about, I’ll use this table as a meeting/project table and then maybe we’ll plop down a big chunk of change for that beloved Salvaged Wood Trestle Table for the dining room.
Since this particular table is made from reclaimed antique doors, no top is the exact same. I was expecting the top to be substantially rustic but our table ended up being a tad more rustic than the one in the store – or maybe it’s just because it’s surrounded by “normal” smooth surfaces rather than gigantic beautiful rustic pieces in the RH showroom. Either way, we still love it. Unlike our previous dining table, we don’t have to worry about scratching the table in a heated game of Spoons. Oh yeah, that happens.
The table’s description on the RH website says, “Given its previous life as an antique door, tabletop may have holes from hinges or door knob, or remnants of the original hardware.”. So yes, the table is rather rustic. That’s a shot of the “most rustic” area of the table top. There is even a spot of where remnants of masonry has been left in the cracks. With that being said, if you’re looking for a rustic(ish) table with a bit of character, this table is not for you. It’s downright rustic with loads of character.
Coming in at 112″ long, the table top is huge (at least comparatively), so I need to add something decorative to the top to break up the wood – as awesome as it may be. Down the center of the table, I’m imagining maybe a fun grouping of mercury glass hurricanes – some holding candles and some with flowers – or maybe three large glass vases down the center with some sort of seasonal foliage. I saw something like that on display at Crate & Barrel a few weeks ago and it was really pretty. I wish I had a photo!
Now… one thing we’re kind of stumped on is whether or not to seal it. Like most (if not all) wood RH tables, the top is made of unsealed wood. Even though the table is very rustic and has – what I assume to be – old oil spots here and there, I’m constantly worried I or Greg is going to spill a drink and then have a huge stain on our hands. Restoration Hardware has a sealer they recommend, but my parents used it on their table and the table turned out to be a lot darker than they thought it would be, so we’re really hoping to find an alternative on our own. We want something that will protect the surface but not have a shiny finish or turn the table too dark. I know that probably sounds a lot to ask from a sealant, but I’m determined to find a solution. That said, I’ve talked to some other RH table owners who haven’t sealed their tables at all, and they haven’t had any trouble. Until we make a final decision, coasters and placemats will be the name of the game!
Okay, so there isn’t just one thing we’re stumped on, there’s two. Chairs! The only thing I know so far is that I want different chairs for the ends of the table. But, when it comes to dining chairs, I’m super picky – which is why I’ve already warned Greg that it might be a while before we actually buy the chairs. Even though the style of our last dining table was super traditional, I loved, loved, loved the comfort and quality of the chairs. They were perfect for long talks after dinner with friends and game nights. I want the same comfort and quality but with a modern rustic style. Is that too much to ask? Probably. But I’m on a mission to find our “perfect” chairs that are just right.
Oh, the paint swathes in the above photo! I almost forgot. Long story short, we’re currently shopping around for a sectional for the living room. The top one on our short list is a dark gray and we think it would look really nice pilled up with loads of colorful pillows. Although… we think a dark gray sectional along with the current wall color would be too dark and gloomy – especially since there aren’t any proper windows in the living area. That being the case, we’re toying with the idea of lightening up a bit (or a lot). So, that’s that.
Wow, who knew I could write 1,354 words about a dining table? I’m shutting up now.