8.10.2010

Having Seen Better Days...

This is my dining room, although at the moment it is in complete disarray due to our new found love for legos. They have officially taken over. The dining chairs are still at the reupholsters and have been since March, ugh. That's what I get for going to someone who is a bargain. Anyhow, my dining table which is a square fits the room perfectly and seats 8+, but it has seen better days. I would love a long dining table, but in reality it just won't fit. We enjoy entertaining so many seats are a must. so I am thinking of giving it a face lift.


Over on Vanessa's blog I saw a link to a DIY project that left me speechless. It seems the lady from Freckled Laundry gave an ordinary wooden dresser a faux zinc finish. I personally think its gorgeous and wonder if it would hold up as a dining table top. Does anyone know if a coat of poly would make it last? I think chipping or paint transfer would be worse than my ugly table top.


I also thought about leaving the top to ruin and keep the aged look and then paint the legs and apron giving it a more farm house feel.

{Let me know if you know where this image is from, I have had it saved before I made it a point to site every image, sorry}



Or my favorite and won't ever happen option is just take off the top and add a slab of marble! Although I am thinking for that price I could just buy a new fabulous table which is something I want to avoid right now. I am thinking cheap.

{again I have this sited as David Jimenez, but could not find it on his site when I went to link, any ideas?}



So what would be your pick?

106 comments:

A Perfect Gray said...

some wonderful options...the marble would look great, but you're right, it probably would be pricy.

keep us posted!

the cinnamon post said...

i would paint the bottom before the top...but the marble is gorgeous.
the marble might be less than you think?
another option might be concrete...ashley ann at http://ashleyannphotography.com/blog/ has one...but perhaps concrete might be a little too rustic?
can't wait to see what you choose!!

Ms. Bright said...

While I think the faux-zinc is a neat idea...for you, I'd say paint the apron/legs. I can't imagine even touching the top. It'll will get more beautiful with age, scratches from your family, etc.

Melissa said...

Maybe just the apron (painted?) I like the idea of a chippy, well-worn top-- it suggests age and lots of use. Maybe a coat of wax on top to add some depth to the patina? I'm also in the market for a new table-- my trusty source for all things fab says she has a 1940's french table that will expand to seat 10 (for $175!!!) I can't wait to go see it!

Milk and Honey Home said...

http://designindulgence.blogspot.com/2010/08/little-tip.html

Paula--look at this treatment a designer did to brighten a mirror. This looks a little like zinc. I think it will be beautiful (but your room already is, too!)

A House and Home said...

Wow, I love all of these ideas...the concrete is especially creative, inexpensive and "green" while it can be very chic. That's an interesting thought. Also love the zinc idea...but I would sand it down and remove the poly to get a more natural french country look. I too love the scratches and stains along the way that add character.

Mrs. Limestone said...

I'd love to see the zinc treatment...that would be gorge.

I need a new dining room table (I actually love my table but the ornate base makes it impossible to put enough chairs around it) so Im dining room obsessed.

Also have to add that Im in love with your dining chairs! I tried to grab some simliar ones at an auction but was outbid. Any idea what the style is called?

Emily said...

the marble is gorgeous! You have a great space to work with though. And can we talk about that cabinet in the image with all the glasses? I am in love!

courtney said...

i totally agree about painting the top - i'd hate to put all that work into it and then have it get ruined.

for the interests of frugality, though, i'd say to paint the legs and leave the top. if you change your mind later, you can always just paint that too.

Melissa @ Veranda Interiors said...

Leave the patina on the bottom and do the base, that would be perfection!

abode love said...

I also love, love the idea of painting the apron in the zinc faux finish...

I do love the idea of sanding off the finish on the top of the table, and allowing the "happy accidents" of your family to give it a little character...

Also, while watching Design Star, the kitchen challenge, they took sandpaper, a little stain and a hammer to a table that looked a LOT like yours- and painted the apron grey... it was fabulous... check it out here!

http://my.hgtv.com/design-star-judge-the-designs-2010/Episode-7/Alexs-Design-Kitchen-Makeover/detail.esi?oid=17986345

Staley Mc said...

I love that zinc finish! I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Heather said...

I love the idea of painting it in the faux zinc...is the mirror that color too? It's a little hard to tell from the photo. Also...wild and crazy idea...what about doing a faux marble on the top? I've done it to smaller pieces before, and it's not that hard (and it's fun!)

Melissa said...

I love the idea of letting the top get worn and look farmhousey.

coolkids said...

I think the farm house look would be awesome. I agree with a pp that I would be afraid to touch the top.

Haven and Home said...

Love the marble but you are right, may not work. I do like the idea of the top being worn, makes the room feel well lived in!

megan said...

I would say go with the farmhouse look, but they are my favorite. I think it would be the best with kids.

Catherine said...

I like leaving the top the existing wood and doing the legs, etc. I love that look! ;)

Stephanie said...

Hi Paula! I love the first and second idea :) This may not apply to your table b/c of the shape, but I LOVE this table redo from The Little Red House blog:

http://inthelittleredhouse.blogspot.com/2010/02/how-to-build-table.html

Logan said...

I love the look of a big, worn farm table. My parents have one so it has special meaning to me. Could you possibly strip the top of your current table and let it age a bit?

I like the marble too, but it looks a bit cold.

Brigette said...

I would go for the farmhouse look with the zinc technique and I think I would sand the top to make it a bit more rustic looking.

Char said...

i love the worn top and painted legs option

Char said...

i love the worn top and painted legs option

Anna said...

Oooo ... marble. That does sound lovely.

But for real world today ... I think I'd go with painted legs, leave the top. I love the look of painted wood, but I would worry - as you mentioned - that with the abuse a table gets w/ kids around, it would end up chipping and looking rather "Meh."

Good luck! Can't wait to see what you decide!

Brooke @ Blueprint Bliss said...

Can't wait to see what you do.

And call Mr. A--- if you bug him- he'll get them done. I called every day for a week and my chair was finished after that. Should have told you that sooner!

Heather said...

Love your blog. I'm all about the farmhouse table with worn top and painted legs/apron. I'm trying to figure out my dining room right now. It is small, but I love to cook, eat, and share. I am loving rustic wood mixed with black and white paint and elegant accents. Can't wait to see what you will do. Oh, and I'm a Bama girl too. I live in Madison.

Gramercy Home said...

I'm with the majority: leave the top (or sand it down a bit) and paint the legs/apron (the zinc treatment would be v. cool). I love a well worn wood top dining table. It brings such warmth to a room and allows for people to feel comfortable and linger well after dinner is over. I had an old table from my parent's house that had scratches of my old handwriting from where I did homework on it without any protection. My mom was so mad but now we think it's so cool!

tammy said...

so many options, but i think i'm with the majority -- paint the legs & apron and go for a rustic feel for the top.

don't know if you have a leaf, but for my little hand-me-down kitchen table, my husband & i sprayed our leaf down with chalkboard paint. i love the contrast with the wood table top -- and of course leaving chalkboard love notes and letting isaiah scribble on it is so fun.

Lissa @ After Adornment said...

I would just stick with painting the bottom. I love that image with the gray base and it would look great in your dining room from what I tell in the picture. If you painted the top you would have to lacquer the top to death and even then it might still scratch because of heavy use. Can't wait to see which you choose.

sarah, flourish design + style said...

I love your ideas.. but I have to tell you first that I really adore the space as it is! I know, I know.. change is good :) Love the marble idea..but I am adoring the zinc'd effect on the bottom, that would be very Paula :) xx

Julie said...

Marble sounds amazing. I wonder what it would be like to price it out?

Julie said...

Marble sounds amazing. I wonder what it would be like to price it out?

Chelsea Gwynne said...

I'm sure you'll pick the right table! Your plants on top of your little dresser in your dining room right now look so great!

jora said...

ok i like them all, but i am definitely loving that marble one.

tye said...

I love all the options! What if you painted the the legs and apron and distressed the top a litle more... then found a remnant of marble just to put on the top of your table in the middle? Just a thought! I can't wait to see what you decide!

Stacy of KSW said...

I'm still drooling over your DIY zinc find! I want to paint everything I own zinc now :)

I'm pretty sure I have your exact same table sitting in my garage. It was perfect for our family too but I upgraded last year to an amazing craigslist find. I actually miss the square shape :(

Anyway, I always wanted to refinish it too and I'm thinking the zinc trick would be AWESOME!! Legs or top. I saw a preview on Life in the Fun Lane last night of a driftwood paint technique she is going to share soon (swoon). It might make for an interesting combo - Beachy chic meets industrial :)

paula said...

Mrs. Limestone, not sure of the origin. I have seen them labeled as english and french, but I do know if you were to "search" them balloon back seems to work. I adore them but the Mr. not so much. Hoping after the reupholster and rebulid they will support him more.

LindsB said...

I like the second choice, leaving the top all beat up and painting the bottom half, if you ever get sick of it then you can try the faux zinc finish or even replace the top all together. Either way I think whatever you do with it will be so pretty!

Aimee@ the Functional Space said...

Paula, in remodeling (and upholstery too) it can be well crafted, done in a timely manner, and a great price. You can have two but NEVER three of those things at any one time. I hope you get your chairs soon!

freckled laundry said...

Thank you so much for featuring my faux zinc nightstand, Paula! To answer your question, yes, you can poly it but I'd spray it with poly first so that the initial brush coat doesn't ruin your paint job. I think it would make fab table top but I'm kind of siding with Option #2, painting the apron and legs. Can't wait to see what you choose!

Thanks again for being sweet,
Jami

:: Lavender's Green :: said...

If money were no object I'd go the marble (obviously!). But, I like the idea of painting the legs and apron and leaving the top a nice wooden finish. I'm actually thinking of doing that to my little old dining room set. I'll let you know if I do!

x Jasmine

J said...

May I ask who you are using for the upholsterer? I live in B'ham also and have been trying to find someone to reupholster a 1940's sofa we inherited.
Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Paint the top and get a piece of glass custom cut for the top.

Emma said...

That image of the farmhouse table and upholstered Thonet chairs was originally published in Canadian House and Home. Looking forward to seeing what you do!

Anonymous said...

Hey! I could have sworn I've been to this blog before but after reading through some of the post I realized it's new to me.
Anyways, I'm definitely happy I found it and I'll be book-marking and checking back often!


Also visit my homepage :: more information

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness! Incredible article dude! Thanks, However
I am experiencing issues with your RSS. I don't understand why I cannot subscribe to it. Is there anyone else getting the same RSS problems? Anybody who knows the solution will you kindly respond? Thanks!!

Feel free to visit my homepage: More Information
my site - website

Anonymous said...

Good post however , I was wondering if you could write a litte more on this subject?

I'd be very grateful if you could elaborate a little bit more. Thanks!

Look at my homepage :: know more

Anonymous said...

Pretty section of content. I just stumbled upon your web site and in accession capital to assert that I acquire in fact enjoyed account your blog posts.
Anyway I'll be subscribing to your augment and even I achievement you access consistently quickly.

Anonymous said...

If you would like to improve your know-how just keep visiting this site and be
updated with the hottest news posted here.



Feel free to visit my web site :: more info

Anonymous said...

Asking questions are truly nice thing if you are
not understanding something completely, but this piece of
writing gives pleasant understanding even.

Feel free to surf to my weblog website

Anonymous said...

Hi, I do believe this is an excellent blog. I stumbledupon it ;) I may come back yet
again since I saved as a favorite it. Money and freedom is the best way to change,
may you be rich and continue to guide others.

Feel free to surf to my web site - Site

Anonymous said...

Its like you read my mind! You seem to know a lot about this, like you wrote
the book in it or something. I think that you could do with some
pics to drive the message home a little bit, but
other than that, this is fantastic blog. A great read.
I will definitely be back.

Here is my blog site

Anonymous said...

Wow! In the end I got a web site from where I can in
fact take helpful information concerning my study and knowledge.


my web-site more info

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on marketing studies.
Regards

Here is my blog: more information

Anonymous said...

Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though you relied
on the video to make your point. You clearly know what youre talking about,
why throw away your intelligence on just posting videos to
your site when you could be giving us something enlightening to read?


Here is my blog; know more
Also see my web page: click here

Anonymous said...

I would like to thank you for the efforts you've put in writing this website. I am hoping to check out the same high-grade content from you in the future as well. In fact, your creative writing abilities has inspired me to get my own, personal site now ;)

Feel free to visit my site click here

Anonymous said...

I am in fact delighted to glance at this blog posts which
carries tons of helpful information, thanks for providing these kinds of statistics.


Here is my blog post: more info

Anonymous said...

Hmm is anyone else experiencing problems with the images on this
blog loading? I'm trying to figure out if its a problem on my end or if it's the blog.
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

My blog - know more

Anonymous said...

My brother suggested I might like this web site. He was totally right.
This submit truly made my day. You cann't consider simply how so much time I had spent for this information! Thank you!

Feel free to visit my blog post - more information

Anonymous said...

That is a really good tip especially to those fresh to the blogosphere.
Short but very accurate info… Thank you for sharing this
one. A must read post!

Also visit my web blog website

Anonymous said...

Hi, just wanted to say, I enjoyed this blog post. It was inspiring.
Keep on posting!

My webpage: more information
my website - more information

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness! Amazing article dude! Thank
you so much, However I am encountering troubles with your RSS.

I don't understand the reason why I cannot subscribe to it. Is there anybody getting similar RSS problems? Anybody who knows the solution will you kindly respond? Thanx!!

Look at my site: click here

Anonymous said...

I'm truly enjoying the design and layout of your blog. It's a very easy on the
eyes which makes it much more pleasant for me to come
here and visit more often. Did you hire out a designer to create your theme?
Outstanding work!

my website: website

Anonymous said...

I'll right away seize your rss as I can not in finding your e-mail subscription link or newsletter service. Do you have any? Please permit me recognize in order that I may subscribe. Thanks.

Look into my web page; click here
Also see my webpage > visit link

Anonymous said...

Genuinely when someone doesn't understand after that its up to other viewers that they will help, so here it happens.

Also visit my webpage: know more

Anonymous said...

Howdy just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The words in your post seem to be running off the screen in Ie.
I'm not sure if this is a format issue or something to do with browser compatibility but I figured I'd
post to let you know. The design look great though!
Hope you get the problem resolved soon. Kudos

My website :: site
Also see my webpage :: know more

Anonymous said...

Hi there to all, it's really a fastidious for me to pay a visit this web site, it includes precious Information.

Here is my web page: Visit Link

Anonymous said...

Hi, i read your blog from time to time and i own a similar
one and i was just curious if you get a lot of spam feedback?
If so how do you stop it, any plugin or anything you can suggest?

I get so much lately it's driving me crazy so any assistance is very much appreciated.

Also visit my weblog ... site
my page > know more

Anonymous said...

Woah! I'm really loving the template/theme of this site. It's simple, yet effective.
A lot of times it's very difficult to get that "perfect balance" between usability and appearance. I must say you have done a amazing job with this. Additionally, the blog loads super quick for me on Opera. Excellent Blog!

Feel free to visit my website: more information
My website :: website

Anonymous said...

Awesome! Its actually awesome piece of writing, I have got
much clear idea on the topic of from this article.

Feel free to surf to my webpage - site

Anonymous said...

Everything is very open with a clear explanation of the challenges.
It was really informative. Your website is very useful.

Thank you for sharing!

my web page; click Here

Anonymous said...

Excellent post! We will be linking to this great article on our
website.

Keep up the good writing.

Anonymous said...

What's up mates, its fantastic article regarding educationand entirely defined, keep it up all the time.

Check out my weblog more info

Anonymous said...

What's up it's me, I am also visiting this web site
on a regular basis, this website is really pleasant and
the users are really sharing good thoughts.

Feel free to surf to my webpage: know more

Anonymous said...

I hardly write remarks, however I browsed some of the remarks on this page "Having Seen Better Days...".
I do have a couple of questions for you if it's allright. Could it be simply me or does it seem like some of the remarks look as if they are left by brain dead folks? :-P And, if you are posting on additional sites, I would like to follow everything fresh you have to post. Could you post a list of the complete urls of all your public sites like your twitter feed, Facebook page or linkedin profile?

Also visit my weblog - Click Here
Also see my site > more information

Anonymous said...

continuously i used to read smaller articles which as well clear their motive,
and that is also happening with this piece of writing which I am reading now.


Visit my weblog :: more info

Anonymous said...

Thank you for some other fantastic post. Where else could
anybody get that type of information in such a perfect manner of writing?
I've a presentation next week, and I am at the search for such info.

my website; website
Also see my web page > more information

Anonymous said...

Hello, Neat post. There's an issue with your site in internet explorer, might test this? IE nonetheless is the marketplace chief and a large portion of people will pass over your great writing due to this problem.

Also visit my page; more info

Anonymous said...

Great work! That is the type of info that should be shared across the net.
Shame on the search engines for now not positioning this post higher!
Come on over and visit my website . Thanks =)

Feel free to visit my web-site; click here

Anonymous said...

I know this if off topic but I'm looking into starting my own weblog and was wondering what all is required to get set up? I'm assuming having
a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny? I'm not very internet smart so I'm not 100% sure. Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated. Appreciate it

Here is my web page - click here

Anonymous said...

Every weekend i used to go to see this website, for the reason that i want enjoyment, for the reason that this this web page conations
genuinely fastidious funny material too.

my web blog: visit link

Anonymous said...

That is a really good tip particularly to those new to
the blogosphere. Brief but very accurate information… Many thanks for sharing this one.
A must read article!

My web page; know more

Anonymous said...

Do you have a spam problem on this website; I also am
a blogger, and I was wanting to know your situation; many of us have developed some nice practices and we are looking to trade techniques with others, be sure to shoot
me an e-mail if interested.

Here is my homepage :: site

Anonymous said...

Very nice article, totally what I needed.

Visit my website know more

Anonymous said...

Usually I don't learn post on blogs, but I would like to say that this write-up very forced me to take a look at and do it! Your writing taste has been surprised me. Thanks, very nice post.

Here is my homepage; more info

Anonymous said...

This information is worth everyone's attention. Where can I find out more?

my site: more info
My page > more information

Anonymous said...

Link exchange is nothing else but it is simply placing the other person's web site link on your page at appropriate place and other person will also do same in support of you.

Anonymous said...

My programmer is trying to convince me to move to .
net from PHP. I have always disliked the idea because of the expenses.
But he's tryiong none the less. I've been using WordPress on various websites
for about a year and am anxious about switching to
another platform. I have heard good things about blogengine.
net. Is there a way I can import all my wordpress posts into it?
Any kind of help would be really appreciated!

My weblog; more info
My webpage > site

Anonymous said...

It's very effortless to find out any matter on web as compared to textbooks, as I found this piece of writing at this site.

Anonymous said...

I've been browsing on-line greater than 3 hours these days, but I by no means discovered any interesting article like yours. It's pretty
worth sufficient for me. In my view, if all webmasters and
bloggers made excellent content material as you probably did, the net will be a lot more helpful than ever before.


Feel free to surf to my blog :: site

Anonymous said...

I every time used to study piece of writing in news papers but now as I am a user of web
therefore from now I am using net for content, thanks to web.


Also visit my weblog; Visit Link

Anonymous said...

This is the perfect web site for anybody who wants to
understand this topic. You know a whole lot its almost
tough to argue with you (not that I personally would want to…HaHa).
You definitely put a new spin on a subject that has been
discussed for ages. Excellent stuff, just excellent!



Also visit my web-site; know more
My site: Click Here

Anonymous said...

hey there and thank you for your information – I have certainly picked up anything new
from right here. I did however expertise a few technical points
using this site, as I experienced to reload
the site lots of times previous to I could get it to load correctly.
I had been wondering if your web hosting is OK? Not that I'm complaining, but slow loading instances times will very frequently affect your placement in google and can damage your high-quality score if ads and marketing with Adwords. Anyway I'm adding this RSS to my email and could look out for a lot
more of your respective interesting content. Ensure that you update this again soon.


Look at my web site; know more

Anonymous said...

These are actually wonderful ideas in about blogging.
You have touched some pleasant factors here. Any way keep up
wrinting.

My webpage :: click here
My web page: more info

Anonymous said...

Hello there! This post could not be written any better!
Reading through this post reminds me of my old room mate!
He always kept talking about this. I will forward this article to him.
Pretty sure he will have a good read. Thanks for sharing!



Feel free to visit my blog site

Anonymous said...

hello!,I really like your writing very a lot! share we be in contact more approximately your
article on AOL? I require an expert on this space to solve my problem.
Maybe that's you! Taking a look forward to peer you.

my blog post - know more

Anonymous said...

Undeniably consider that that you stated. Your favourite justification
appeared to be at the web the easiest factor to consider of.
I say to you, I definitely get annoyed even as other folks consider worries that they just do
not realize about. You controlled to hit the
nail upon the highest and defined out the entire thing with no need side-effects , folks could take a signal.
Will likely be back to get more. Thank you

Take a look at my site; more info
My webpage: site

Anonymous said...

The other day, while I was at work, my cousin stole my iphone and tested
to see if it can survive a twenty five foot drop, just so she can be a
youtube sensation. My apple ipad is now broken and she has 83
views. I know this is totally off topic but I had to share it with someone!


My web site; click here

Anonymous said...

I every time spent my half an hour to read this webpage's articles or reviews every day along with a mug of coffee.

my web site; know more

Anonymous said...

My developer is trying to convince me to move to .net from PHP.
I have always disliked the idea because of the costs.
But he's tryiong none the less. I've been using Movable-type on several websites for about a year and
am worried about switching to another platform.

I have heard fantastic things about blogengine.
net. Is there a way I can import all my wordpress content into it?
Any kind of help would be really appreciated!

my web page; know more

Anonymous said...

If some one wants expert view regarding blogging then i suggest him/her to go to see this weblog, Keep up the fastidious job.


My web page - more information
Also see my webpage - more Info

Anonymous said...

It's awesome to pay a quick visit this web page and reading the views of all colleagues regarding this piece of writing, while I am also keen of getting experience.

My web-site; more info

Anonymous said...

Howdy just wanted to give you a quick heads up.
The words in your post seem to be running off the screen
in Firefox. I'm not sure if this is a format issue or something to do with internet browser compatibility but I figured I'd post to let you know.
The design and style look great though! Hope you get the problem fixed soon.

Kudos

My blog; click here

Anonymous said...

Hey there would you mind sharing which blog platform you're working with? I'm planning to start my
own blog soon but I'm having a tough time choosing between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal. The reason I ask is because your design and style seems different then most blogs and I'm looking for
something unique. P.S Sorry for getting off-topic but I had to ask!


My blog :: website

Anonymous said...

When I originally commented I clicked the "Notify me when new comments are added" checkbox and
now each time a comment is added I get three e-mails with the same comment.

Is there any way you can remove people from that service?
Thanks!

Also visit my blog: more information
My site > Site

Anonymous said...

This website certainly has all of the information I wanted about this subject and
didn't know who to ask.

Feel free to surf to my web site ... site