Dinner for Eight

Remember that craigslist dining table I showed you last week?  Well, I went to take a look at it, get some measurements, and then evaluate whether it would fit in our dining room:

And what better use for all those glossy ads from the Sunday paper, right?  I laid them out to represent the size of the table (69″ square) to check whether the table would be too overwhelming for the space.  See, I kind of fell in love with it when I went to go see it.  And it didn’t hurt that it was a super bargain–the owner had it custom made for $2,250 (the glass alone cost over $750), so with an option to buy it plus eight chairs for only $500, I was pretty much sold.  And after making sure there was plenty of room in the dining room, I was officially sold.

See-there’s plenty of room, right?  So once I decided to buy it, then I had to figure out how to get it to our house.  The owner said it needed at least three people to move it.  Luckily, me and the Mr. made two (remember how I told you I was good at math?), so we only had to ask impose upon one friend.  Score.  Long story short: Friend acquired.  UHaul rented.  Table and chairs purchased.  Want to see how they look?!

Totally amazing, right?!?!  I love it!  Granted, Mr. B wasn’t super thrilled when he saw it.  In his words, this was the “most awkward” piece of furniture to move.  “EVER.”  But we did it.  And it’s fan-tas-tic!

And even though it’s so much bigger in person than some ads laid out on the floor, there’s still plenty of room on each side for people to maneuver and for chairs to slide in and out . . .

See what I mean?

Plus, there’s finally something to balance out our monstrosity of a couch.

(Oh, and that dresser in the dining room will be getting moved soon to one of the bedrooms–you may remember it from here.  And the previous dining table placeholder will soon be sold on craigslist, so that’ll be out of the room as well.)

And how about those chairs, huh?  We actually ended up with 9–4 black and 5 white.  The extra white one has found a home at one of the upstairs built-in desks, but the rest look pretty great at the table, right?  Mr. B did an awesome job cleaning them up and they almost look brand new.  The black ones are a bit nicer since they’re real leather while the white ones are pleather, but unless you get all up in their business, you really can’t tell.  So just don’t be getting all up in our chairs business, ‘kay?  Seriously, I have no idea why I just went gangsta’.  I apologize.

And the table is great–in all its raw steel and soldered goodness . . .

There you have it–one more room furnished.  Only six more to go.  Yikes.

What do you think?  Did we make a good decision?  Do you love it?  Or hate it?  I’d imagine it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but hey–if it were, that would be kind of boring, don’t ya’ think?  Now we just need to plan a dinner party for eight . . .


  1. ACK! I LOVE IT!! I’m not even kidding when I tell you that ONE of those chairs would be $500 in Little Italy here in lovely downtown, overpriced, San Diego. Way to go Sis! SO jealous! xoxo

  2. Okay, I am not crazy about this, but I do think it looks good in the space. I might feel better if the chandelier was a bit more contemporary. However, it’s awesome to see your space coming together so nicely.

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