Finding Our Dining Style (The Second Time Around)

Have you ever made a purchase that you just weren’t happy with (and couldn’t do a thing about)?

I did; it is our dining room table for our new home.  I bought it at a vintage store, no returns…what do you do in a situation like this?

There isn’t anything wrong with this table.  It’s quaint, it’s retro.  It’s all wood.  It has a leaf that makes the eating area a little bit bigger, which is nice.  But I just don’t see it anymore for us…and that’s a hard thing to overcome when my mind is made up already.  And it clashes like crazy with our TV stand.

Remember this post?  I thought I could find a table, any table, and throw a tablecloth on it and be happy.  I should have known it wasn’t going to be that easy.  I also should have listened to my inner self and held off until the perfect one popped up (I really adore pedestal and trestle tables) (this was the same day I (luckily) convinced myself out of buying a Pier 1 Imports headboard…whew, I dodged that one).  I have been casually avoiding this topic the table by piling objects on it…until now.

I think it’s hard to know exactly how your home is going to fall into place, until it actually starts.  So the first few purchases are inevitably risky.  I’ve already changed my mind about some of the bedding pieces (now that we’ve been sleeping with our virgin wool blanket for a week).  But when it comes to a big-ticket item, such as a dining room table, adjusting around the hiccup isn’t so easily accomplished.  People will have different opinions about it, but in my case, I really just want to put this table away for a while (until we move on base, or I decide to sell on the likes of Craigslist) and start fresh.  I am a homebody; I reeeally need to love every piece we put into this home.

And I can’t tell you how much I look forward to having a real place to sit and eat.  Until then, I am officially reinstating the search.

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  1. I don’t think the link is working for that post you refer to. Can we see the dining table? It can’t be this terrible I’m sure….let us see it and then maybe we can suggest ideas of how to improve the look? Some years ago I got rid of furniture I thought was terrible and could no longer stand….and now I want it all back. If I had seen it from a different perspective I would have liked it. I could have reupholstered, added something around it like art to make interesting. Especially if its a big ticket item you want to be happy with it. I’m so curious to see what it looks like

    1. danamcdowell · · Reply

      Thanks for that, it should work now. I added the photos of the table. I didn’t spend an ungodly amount, but dining room furniture is expensive in general. What are your thoughts?

  2. oh no! I typed a long comment and something happened! Bottom line, I like the table, very classic. Round tables are excellent for dining because everyone can easily to each other. Can’t really go wrong with that. You can freshen the look up with modernish chairs (like the Eames dowel-leg molded chair). You can live with it for a while and if you can’t take it in the dining room you can always dress it up and put in the living room with some great looking fabric to make a statement. I think you should give it a try….later in a larger home you can even use it as a breakfast nook table….and boy is that the perfect homework table for a 7 year-old!

    1. danamcdowell · · Reply

      =) I’m torn, I’ll give it that. I’m keeping my options open…maybe the perfect chairs will pop up and everything will be resolved. Thank you so much for your presence here on the blog! I love reading your comments; as always, I’ll take them to heart.

    2. You took the words right out of my mouth! I was going to say, get some modern chairs like Eames and it will look fab. I was also thinking what about painting it? I am typically against painting beautiful wood like that, but if it wasn’t too expensive, and you aren’t happy with it, sounds like a fun project! I have seen some great things around the interwebs lately with painted furniture! 🙂

      1. danamcdowell · ·

        I think the Eames chairs would be too mod for everything else that is going on in our space. And I’d hate to paint it–it is in such good shape. Thanks for the suggestions though! And thanks for stopping by, Staci!

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