Table update: Bummer!
After the last table post, I was pretty convinced that I should just spend what it costs to have this table repaired and whatever I didn't like about it, I could easily work around considering there was so much I DID like.
We had a local furniture refinisher come by and he seemed to be very knowledgeable. Long story short, it would cost somewhere in the $1500 range to have the top repaired/refinished, the whole table made to be a darker color and to have 2 leaves made. We could bring that down closer to $1200 if we had the leaves made without the decorative apron but that would look pretty weird when extended (and I didn't want to always have to use a table cloth!). Either way - major ouch! We got another estimate and the price was about the same. So I have to assume that at least by NY standards, the price is in the ballpark of reasonable.
We've put ourselves on a self imposed spending freeze for a while so we planned to live with it like this for a while before we sent it off to be refurbished. After all, we won't be having much company until we have chairs anyway :)
Earlier this week, the Restoration Hardware chairs I ordered a few months ago arrived. Woo-hoo.
I totally heart them. Not the greatest photo but the fabric is slightly nubby so it looks not quite new but still very polished and pretty.
Anyway, once I had the chairs I noticed something that I really should have seen before.
Those curvy wooden pieces at the base of the table - they prevent a chair from being placed there! So in its current state, this huge table can only seat 4 people!!! Even with the additional leaves, that would only let us sit 8! It was one thing when I was dealing with a slightly too big table but its quite another to have a too big table that only seats only 75% of our family on Christmas day. So I think we have no choice but to get a new table.
We're not going to be having any dinner parties anytime soon and its plenty big for us to use for now. But we'll eventually have to come up with another solution.
Im pretty sad about it actually. It feels wrong to get rid of it in place of something new but I can't think of any other option.