New (Old) Dining Set

Guess what? In November I bought a vintage dining set off Craigslist from another decorator. We had been using that farmhouse style table for about two months, and it just wasn't working in our space. It didn't look or feel right to me. The biggest problem was the table top was not on the leg frame in the antique shop, so while I measured everything before buying, the top ended up sitting strangely high on the frame and made the finished height more than 32", pushing 33". It was uncomfortably high for me - even with the taller chairs I was using. I felt like a little kid at the table, which was weird. (Lily Tomlin style)


I was able to sell the farmhouse table for about what we paid for this new dining set, so I didn't feel quite as bad/guilty as I would normally. Plus the seller threw in a really great pair of lamps that I'm also using in the dining area (on top of the red credenza!)

I love the inside of the black paper shades:




These are the seller's photos of the set. The table is actually longer than the 8' farmhouse table was! We can very comfortably seat eight and we've even had ten people over, which was also just fine.


Here are the things I love the best about the table:

The pedestal legs are so pretty! I especially love the casters.


I love the blond-ish wood against our white floors! I know it's not really, but I love that it has an almost Biedermeier color to it.


The inlay on the table top is subtle and pretty, and of course I love the Greek key detail in the Klismos style chairs.


The seats are tooled black leather in sort of a patent finish, and are just the right amount of broken-in. They are unbelievably easy to clean and super comfortable!


I'm getting some upholstered host chairs in a fun pattern and am finishing the art above the table, so I'll share photos of the dining set in situ when the other pieces are ready to show.

Happy weekend!
xx

29 comments:

Angela said...
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Angela said...

I love your dining table and chairs. Very nice :)

hana said...

looks beautiful, can't wait to see it in your space! xo

Courtney at Scattering Lupines said...

Oooh can't wait to see your brilliance at work on this one!!!

Bryn said...

awesome jenny!!!! def a great ny find

Pam @ bibbidi-bobbidi-beautiful said...

Love the chairs especially! How lucky to find a set on CL and not even have to refinish/reupholster! How is CL in NY? I've heard it's really hard to be the one to get to items first!

things that sparkle said...

What a great find! That table is going to look gorgeous. I just love gems like this

Jen@Organized-Design said...

I love the legs on the table. How unique, excited to see it in your space!

paula said...

jenny what a gorgeous set!

lizziefitz said...

it looks amazing! what a great find. i can't wait to see the finished product ( i bet u can't wait either :)

Rebecca @ gibbgabb said...

What a wonderful craigslist find! beautiful...can't wait to see the Hostess chairs. Have a great Friday!

Sara said...

LOVE that table! Just the right mix of simple, clean lines, and details that make it more unusual, pretty, and fun.

Ashley said...

Gorgeous legs! I'm sure everything will come together nicely--can't wait to see more!

Ellie Cutler said...

Ohhhhh...pretty! Can't wait to see your new host chairs with it!

Laura Burciaga said...

Love love the table & chairs!! so much character!!

Sarah Bradley said...

I love the table and chairs. What a great find!

barbara@hodge:podge said...

So beautiful - love the unique style of the table! Can't wait to see how you put your spin on it!

Rachael Anne said...

Jealous!

courtneyoutloud said...

Yummy with a capital "Y". i just have to say thank you for sharing on your blog. I love your work and look forward to the daily dose of inspiration I get from it! Bravo :)

Mr. Goodwill Hunting said...

What a great deal. The lamp shades were worth it.

Mr. Goodwill Hunting

Barbie said...

Oh what a find! I thought I loved your farmhouse, but this one is more unique and elegant. Looking forward to more pictures!

Jürgen said...

Has been very lucky to find a big table. The pedestal legs are really nice.
Biedermeier style is one of my favorites (I'm German!). I love the black and gold wood combination. In this also seems a bit large.
Regards!

Lilly from Lilly's Notebook said...

Love the seat cushions!!

sarah, flourish design + style said...

Looks GORGEOUS! The legs, and the chairs.. so perfect :)
Have a wonderful weekend, x

red said...

I definitely lov ethe table, i love its legs!!!

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Interiors by Sandra Funk Levy said...

What a great set. I can't wait to see how your host chairs will bring some flair to it all. Love your posts! Hope you are enjoying NYC! Missing it so much from 12 miles west in the burbs.

Ashley said...

ohhhhhhh yes i love it!

Brandi said...

Wow what a score! Great detail on the chairs. Can't wait to see it altogether!

LindsB said...

So many projects going on in your house right now- you have me on edge waiting to see the final outcome now :)

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