Happy Friday friends! Lets talk modern farmhouse dining tables. I have bounced around getting a new table since we moved into our house 6 years ago. Back then everyone seemed to have these beautiful rustic farmhouse tables & I was pretty smitten. Then I realized I actually liked my cream table, plus everything I looked at seemed to not be long enough, the right color I was looking for or style. Honestly I think it was my subconscious and my gut saying to be grateful for what you have. I also think I get connected to things and for a person that had a lot of hand me downs growing up, there is a part of me that feels guilty letting something perfectly fine go.
Not to get sidetracked but there is also a sweet little, kind of crazy story that goes along with this table, maybe that is also why it has been hard to let it go. A few months before I had Shane (12 years ago) we were living in Richmond, VA, thinking this is it. We had moved there from Colorado when I was 3 months pregnant to be closer to family. Our whole family was in NY and so when John got the call that he had gotten a job in VA we were SO excited! A 6 hour drive from our new home as opposed to 32 hours from Colorado, done! We sold a few things including the handmade tile dining table I made & moved EVERYTHING else across the country on Thanksgiving. We had our CO house on the market and then got a phone call the day after Christmas. Our pipes had burst leaving 22,000 gallons of water in the house, apparently the water was running for 2 days. Talk about stress, yikes! After 2 + months off the market we finally put it back on and crickets, nada, not one offer. One month before my due date we made the decision to move back to good old CO. We packed our hatchbacks, 2 dogs and lots of baby stuff and drove back with my in-laws. I was so nervous I was going to go into labor, luckily I did not. We made it, phew but had to wait 5 days for our stuff to arrive. I have to say, it wasn’t ideal but I will never forget it. We bought outdoor lounge chairs & a folding table from Wal-Mart and had no TV, that was the best part. In the meantime, I was without a dining table and had this idea that I NEEDED to go and buy one before the baby came. When you are nesting these things become an emergency, like the baby can’t come home to a house without a dining room table, lol. I am not sure how we did it, but I am pretty sure a person 9+ months pregnant shouldn’t be helping to lift a dining table that weighs a ton into a vehicle, still the hatchback, not sure how the heck we did it but we did. I got my beautiful Crate & Barrel dining table just in time. A year later we moved it back to NY but that story is for another day:).
Now you are probably thinking, don’t let it go. To be honest, it is in bad shape. The top is a weird laminate, coating and once it’s scratched forget it. And with the moves it got beat up. Don’t worry I will find a good home for it, maybe my niece, so it stays in the family.
Here are the many faces of my Crate & Barrel dining table. Summer….
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What do you think? Do you have a favorite? You can see more of my house tour HERE.
Speaking of farmhouse, did you know how versatile, gorgeous and durable cement tile is? It is all the rage right now and it is the chameleon of flooring, it is even one of Joanna’s favorites. One of the many things I love is that you don’t need to use it everywhere to get the look. Check out 6 great ways to use cement tile over at Better Homes & Gardens…
Have a beautiful weekend!