But when it came to filling this space in the kitchen, I knew that I needed to take my time and search for a good value, which meant purchasing something that would withstand some roughhousing by the kids or even a cross-country move if necessary, without breaking the bank (no, we're not planning on moving anytime soon, but it could happen. You just never know!).
|See that huge space? Couldn't have some teeny tiny table there.|
Last year, though, I found just the right table. When I laid eyes on it, I knew it was right.
Country, pocked, but solid.
And the perfect size for our enormous kitchen.
Reminded me of this table (and many others I've seen in catalogs lately):
|Pottery Barn Reclaimed Wood Table|
And rather than $1700 on sale, my table cost less than $250.
I've had friends ask to buy it from me, others say it's their favorite piece in the house. My mother sent me an article on Ellen DeGeneres's home (which I think has been put on the market since then) and highlighted their barnwood table, declaring that mine was obviously better looking. So I think I did good.
Sure, the table isn't perfectly level in all spots, but that's a result of the inconsistencies in the wood. And the finish on it has withstood plenty of abuse from the family. Couldn't ask for much more. A lovely table I love looking at every day that doesn't require special treatment or a payment plan from the local furniture mart.
It's usually worth it to take your time looking for quality used pieces of furniture--you'll probably save money in the short run and most definitely will in the long run.
Shared at Miss Mustard Seed's Furniture Feature Friday.