Last Updated on August 22, 2016 by Kristi Linauer
I need y’all to weigh in on which dining table I should use in my dining room.
You know the saga of my dining table. I built it, then I stained the top and painted the base. Then I painted the base again. Then I painted the whole table. Then I stripped the top and tried staining it. Then I painted it. Then I painted it again.
Or something like that. To be honest, I’ve lost count.
But each time I try something new, at least one person comments that perhaps it’s the table I don’t like, and that’s why I’ve gone through so many colors/combos and I’m still not satisfied.
Well, I wasn’t open to that suggestion…until yesterday. As I was proofreading yesterday’s post, I scrolled to the last picture of the dining table, and my first thought was, “Did I actually give that table a chance?”
I don’t think I did. So now I’m giving it a chance. But I have no idea which one would be better, so I need your input.
And please don’t get sidetracked by paint color. I’m just concerned about the table, and I’ll worry about color later.
Option number one is the farmhouse style table. It’s 62″ x 42″.
My draperies are down right now until I get the rest of the walls painted (they’ll all be white). But the table is the issue here. I love that this table has three leaves and very long table slides to accommodate those three leaves, and probably even one more.
The second option is this double pedestal table. It’s a bit larger than the farmhouse table, at 66″ x 43.5″. It looks a little cramped because it’s sitting in the music room right now. It’s completely sanded and ready to be painted, if I go this direction.
EDIT: This table is lower than standard dining table height, which is why it looks like it’s sitting on the arms of the chairs. It is. 🙂 If I use it, I’ll raise it up to standard table height so it doesn’t sit on the arms of the chairs.
So I had a few issues with this table, which is why I wrote it off a while back. First, I had my heart set on a stained wood table, and this table is made of so many different materials (MDF, a plastic-looking material, metal, wood veneer) that there’s no way I could get a stain to look good. But I’m over the need for a stained table now, so that’s no longer an issue.
I also didn’t like the little rectangle details on the pedestals and on the corners of the apron. Those look like Santa Claus belt buckles to me, but perhaps those would disappear once the gold-ish accents are gone and the table is painted a solid color (probably black).
And finally, I didn’t like that the table only has one leaf, and the table slides don’t open very wide to accommodate much more. But it dawned on me yesterday that if I decide to use this table, I can just switch out these table slides for the really long (and new and strong) table slides that I used on the farmhouse table.
So those are my two options at this point. What say you?
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