I can count the amount of furniture we bought for this house on one hand, believe it or not. Our skirted bed, a new dresser for Greta’s room, new desks for our home office, dining chairs and our dining room table. I’ve been anxiously waiting for our dining table to arrive and it actually got delivered while I was out last week. It was the greatest welcome home surprise I could have asked for.
IMO, the chairs aren’t doing the table justice.
I know it’s bold to say, but this is hands-down my favorite dining room table we’ve ever had and Chris is in agreement with that. And the price is so reasonable! The long wait was definitely worth the years we’re going to be loving it. The most shocking and pleasant realization is how closely it matches the color of our floors. It’s nearly a perfect match and I love seeing the wood-on-wood tones in our little nook. The rounded corners and fluted apron details feel so special to me–almost like it’s a one-of-a-kind heirloom piece.
The grain is there which helps disguise dings, but there are no deep cracks that food can get stuck in! The table seats 8 which is nice–big enough for our family with room to spare. This is where we’ll eat as a family everyday and also where we’ll entertain so we’re definitely thinking about this dining room differently (much differently than our last dining room space). Not only do we want it to feel casual and classy, we want it to be durable for everyday use. The outside will of course have overflow seating, as well as the bar-top and stools in the kitchen (eventually we’ll have a kitchen right??).
We bought these chairs because we were really desperate for a place to sit around the table. Agreeing on our dream chairs was feeling overwhelming, and also we weren’t willing to wait 4-6 months to be able to sit and eat haha. Instead, we went with a safe option and that’s what they are–very safe. They’re actually pretty substantial, so much so that Polly can barely pull out her chair. I guess that’s great because you know they’re not likely to tip over.
Eventually I’d really love a bench in this space, and I’m envisioning upholstered dining chairs. Truthfully, we’re just not in that phase of life yet and that’s the reality I’m having to face. We’ve still got young kids, and our friends have young kids. Maybe a chair with a little lower profile would be nice as well, but we’ll probably have these chairs for a while. When we’re ready, we’ll sell these chairs and be happy for the time we had with them.
At one point I even considered buying all vintage chairs but I was having trouble finding a set of 6-8. This is when I thought that maybe it would be nice to mix and match some collected vintage chairs. I still love this idea someday but for now these chairs are perfectly comfortable and durable. The table is by far the star of this show anyways.
As for the captain chairs, Chris likes the chairs, but not necessarily as dining chairs. They might end up in the casual seating area in the kitchen at some point. And to be honest, looking at this photo–we should just move them now and go down to 6 chairs so we can see the pretty table more.
I’ve been imagining a new home for the round table we used in the breakfast nook in our Modern Cottage Home. For now it’s all wrapped up (still) from the move and located in the garage. At some point I would love to put it in the upstairs landing where the Juliet Balcony is located. Lay out some puzzles and board games and I’m ready for a family game night. Maybe this will be where I start my vintage chair collection as well?
The dining table we’ve been using is actually the one from the office. It seats 6 and I think was only 60″ long. We’re just planning on selling it, but right now it’s actually serving as additional workspace and surface area in the “kitchen.”
The dining room still has a long way to go. I’m thinking of wallpaper in here and a show-stopping chandelier. But for now, we’re celebrating having a table that feels like it has perfect proportions for the space. That’s a victory.
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