The photo below was taken more than a year ago at one of our first visits to the house. Its a photo of the garden floor living room (aka the "rental" where the inlaws will reside) The rickety air conditioner, the fire hazard of a lamp and the neglected table were the only "furnishings" left behind when we eventually closed.
The lamp and the air conditioner made a hasty path to the first dumpster but the table was something that had potential. At the time, our dining room was just a drawing on paper and I wasn't quite sure it would fit in there. It certainly wouldn't fit in any other room of the house. So we covered it with plastic and it was the "command center" for the renovation catalog, supplies, lunches for the duration.
During the reno, I walked into the parlor floor living room (aka our living room) one day to find that the table had been moved upstairs. Sweet! (I wasn't sure it was going to be able to make it one piece up the narrow hallway)
And then when the floors were being refinished, the contractors up-ended the table on the island, exposing its underside. I found this tag which I thought was cool although not all that informative.
And then finally, after its long mysterious life downstairs, it was gingerly placed in the dining room. It seems to "fit" pretty well so thats a plus. And it has an interesting shape and is very well made - plus, plus. And its free - the ultimate plus!
So what am I torn about? Well there are a few things that make this less than ideal. One, the top needs to be refinished as it has a lot of water damage. Also, its not large enough for 10 so its more than big enough for everday but too small for Christmas dinner. Its also a little lighter than I would like - I'd really like something even darker than this. I can have it refinished and have a leaf made but thats going to cost me. So its not really "free". Its very wide for the room so while thats great for creating elaborate tablescapes and centerpieces (love that!), its not the best for traffic once the chairs and people are in place.
What do you think? Should I invest in this and live with its scale problem? Or should I sell it and get another table that suits my needs a bit more closely?
(Im having a furniture guy coming over this weekend to give us a price quote for the leaf and resfinishing so Ill report back on ccosts)