Thursday, September 4, 2008

Table for ten, please!

Our dining room table was purchased with the best intentions. We selected the large Pottery Barn Francisco table in black about four years ago. It seats eight comfortably as a square table, but ten when both leaves are added. Perfect for our large family and when coupled with the kitchen table: Thanksgiving at our place! In the past four years that table has played the role of dust collector extraordinaire, default desk top, and hot wheels race track. We've never eaten one meal at that "dining" table. Why? Because we were never able to choose the right chairs!

Sometimes everything falls into place. Shortly after moving into our home we attended a local fair that showcased a few household items original to the inn. The first picture is an oak t-back chair with cane seat that they used in the inn's dining room.

About a year ago I found a set of 4 oak t-back chairs with upholstered seats on Craigslist at a great price. Each of them had different lines & legs, but still upholstered the same. A few weeks ago when I picked up the bamboo style coffee-table, I also picked up a set of 6 more oak t-back chairs at an even better price. These had leather seats with nail head trim. One of these chairs is shown in the second picture.

Yesterday the man & his wife who refinished & upholstered all ten chairs delivered them to our home. We could not be more pleased. They are perfect with the table, like they belonged here all along. Thanksgiving at our place this year, anyone?


Mrs. Limestone said...

The chairs look lovely! A great combination of contemporary with traditional elements.

How has the black PB dining table held up? (Im trying to find a table that expands to seat 12 and its so hard!)

bravesbeestings said...

Hi Mrs. L!

That's exactly what I was going for with the chairs, so thank you!

Aside from a few scratches the table has held up fine. It's still structurally sound, but as I mentioned we've never really used it for dining.

A table for 12 would be even better! :) Can't wait to see what you find.