time stands still best in moments that look suspiciously like ordinary life - brian andreas

Sunday, March 4, 2012


Last week I shared picture of my new chairs that were a Valentines day surprise from the Mr.
What I didn't share is my new (to me) table that they now accompany.

We've always had an espresso brown counter height table with a hidden butterfly leaf.  I have really enjoyed having it, because we love to entertain and it opens up to seat 8 adults comfortably. 

I thought I'd never grow old of it.
And then one day I spotted a NEW table through the Habitat for Humanity storefront window as I was recklessly daydreaming driving by. I immediately stopped the car and ran inside.
It was love at first sight.

And that's when I decided I was sick of my old table.

I could tell right away that it was a quality piece of furniture.
So being crazy, I immediately moved all the chairs out of the way and got down on the floor. I laid on my back and squirmed all over under the table, looking for a mark/tag.
And then I saw it...
the 2 words that make my little heart go pitter patter:

Pottery Barn.

I got up off the floor and searched around for a price tag.  When I found it, I thought surely there must have been a mistake, because it was marked at $55.
I verified the price and then tried to come up with a reason why I needed (aka: want real bad) it.
After several phone calls to girlfriends for support, I did the unthinkable.

I left the store.
With no table.

I already had a perfectly good dining room table, the PB table lacked chairs, and I had no place to store it.
I thought about the table all week (yeah, I'm shallow like that) and pined over it...just ask my sisters how much I talked about it. I'm pretty sure they all started screening my calls to avoid hearing again about the beauty of it all.

The following Monday (9 days after my first 'sighting') I ran into my friend Kristina out thrifting. I told her about the table and she looked at me like I was crazy for not buying it. I left the store then and there, drove directly back to Habitat for Humanity and was relieved/shocked/in awe that it was still there.

check out those legs.

I called the Mr. and announced that we were now the proud owners of a table (another one, that is). 
I love the slab top, distressed corners, chunky legs, and the fact that with it's 2 additional leaves it comfortably seats 14. 

And all the aforementioned problems? 
Sold the old table. 
Found chairs on Craig's List. 4 of them were free.  I got the other 6 for $20:

A few (million) staples later :

+ Kilz primer:

+ new fabric:

and we have some useable chairs:




  1. omg, move here and lets be besties. I swear I would let you redo my whole house :) The table would have made me fall over, I want one just like it! Great find!!

  2. You are so lucky it was still there! Great find

  3. I am in LOVE with your table and chairs!!! Well Done! I LOVE black furniture! I am truly jealous you live in a town filled with all those great deals... HIGH FIVE whabam!