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Friday, January 23, 2015

dining room...part II (building dining table & accessorizing)

we had built a dining table at for our last house.. and once we moved, we decided to sell it and design a new one. the new dining room was a lot larger, and needed a longer more substantial table. we actually came up with the planks by accident...sort of. we had planned a trip to bauer brothers, in mpls, to look for an antique/vintage sink for the half bath downstairs and some pieces for our radiators, an old front entry door with glass...and various other things we needed for the house. if you haven't been to this place....oh my word...GO! its so fun. you need hours of time though, to get through the whole building. with the basement, i think its 4 or 5 floors of everything you would ever need to restore a house. granted, they're a bit pricey on some we had to get a little creative on what we wanted. anyways, we were walking around in the big yard outside and found these massive planks. they were 4x7x16ish'. not really sure what they were used for, but they were pretty cool. so we sat there out in the yard for almost an hour, designing our new dining table. figuring out how we could attach the planks, what sort of base, color..etc. we i wanted to do something somewhat industrial looking, with some paint and stain...but keep it somewhat 'old' looking.

this is what we came up with...

this thing is massive...and super heavy! after the top was put together, we had our friend use his floor sander on it....using a hand or belt sander didnt even make a dent in it! after that, we built the base and assembled the table in the dining room. i painted the base in MMS color (which i sell at the shop), trophy. its a nice rich, warm grey. and stained the top in english chestnut. i wanted something that was only a few shades darker than the floors. if i would've gone any darker, it would've looked like a massive dark hole...

i found a set of 4 mid century chairs when i lived in mpls. so i decided to use them and reupholster the seats. i found a nice neutral print that worked well with everything else in the room. the head chairs are some mid century red curved ones, with cool nail head trim. those were a score i found over a year ago!

the buffet i decided to use was something i just found a few months ago. i had something else in mind..something larger and on legs. but this actually fits the space better. something grounded and not on such a large scale, like the table. i used MMS in trophy and grainsack to finish this piece. the original hardware was all in tact, so i used it again.

the niche is something we want to design a little bit, at some point. we want to build a wine bar in that space. but for now i put an antique dresser in there to hold some of my dishes and to fill the space. it works..and see...i dont paint everything :) the room needed some wood tones in, so i left it natural.

 i started accessorizing a little bit...again, with a mix of different styles. i'm not a matchy-matchy kind of girl..i like to add some interest and really just things that catch my eye, that i love. the antique dresser has some vintage fiesta ware saucers and a set of mid century juice glasses...and a couple pieces of my 'china' set that i found...

 here are a few other things that i've found to use in there...a cool cup holder and some antique frames with vintage dished hung in them. a really cool antique english scale and some antique gravy boats. and a few silver plated silverware stored in an antique tea pot.

the room isn't completely done...i keep moving things around and trying new things in there. my husband comes home quite often to things moved to another room or something completely different on the walls!

once the trim is up...its going to look amazing! give me another month or two for that :)

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