The Gameplan: Dining Room Table

Since moving into our condo (September 2015), Finn & I haven’t had a dining room table. That means that every meal was spent eating at our kitchen island. Romantic, right?!

01-kitchen-progress-augustaInstead of a dining room table, we’ve had a wide open space in the middle of our family room. And honestly, we’ve gotten pretty used to it. It’s been used as a dance floor when we have friends over, a spot where Finn & I can practice yoga (yes, I’ve somehow convinced my husband to do yoga videos with me…it’s wonderful), and a place where Bridget & I have done lots of DIY projects.

But those dancing/yoga-ing/DIY-ing days are about to be over, because it’s time to actually purchase a dining room table! Honestly, I’m not really sure what has held me back. I think I just kept putting it off because I wasn’t totally sure what I wanted, and now it’s become this big overwhelming and intimidating task.

Now I need to finally make a decision, spend some money, and get a table up in here. Like any big purchase, I chatted with Finn and we came up with a list of our must-haves.

  • Must be large enough to sit 6
  • Preferably rectangular shape
  • Lighter in color since our kitchen features dark wood & black granite
  • Preferably white, light wood, or marble
  • Style must fit with the rest of our home (nothing too farmhouse or traditional)
  • Shape of table must not remind Finn of TARS

Wait…back up one second. What was that last must-have on the list? TARS?! Oh yes, dear reader, this is a must-have from that darling husband of mine. Apparently TARS is a robot in the movie Interstellar. And he doesn’t want a table that reminds him of the robot. He specifically requested that the table, “doesn’t look like it can stand up and run away on us.” He even backed up his concern with this gif…tars

Apparently Finn is referring to a table with this shape.

tars-dining-table

When he first told me, I laughed so hard. But the boy is dead serious on his request. I actually really like that table shape! It’s modern, edgy, and kinda different. But sadly, chunky legs on the 4 corners are a no-no in the Finn household. He said thinner legs are okay….but definitely not blocky/chunky ones.

So with my very specific list of must-haves, I’ve begun table shopping! Here are some of my contenders.dining_room_table_options.15 PM

1. Room & Board (marble & walnut) // 2. CB2 (marble & Gold) // 3. Crate & Barrel (marble & black) // 4. Wayfair (white Extendable) // 5. AllModern (wood & black) // 6. West Elm (light wood)

I know which one I’m leaning towards…but would love to get your opinion. Or better yet…anyone own any of these tables and can give me some insider scoop?

I’ve gotten so used to not having a table, so I’m wondering how we’re going to feel once we have one in this space. Will it feel cramped? Will we still opt to eat at the island? I guess only time will tell.

Hopefully next time we chat I’ll have our dining room table all decided. And then we’ll get to talking about chairs. Oh…and new stools for the island…and probably a rug for underneath the table. This kinda reminds me of the “If you Give a Mouse a Cookie” book. If you give Casey a table, what other items will she undoubtedly want to buy?!

Looks like I have a lot more decor decisions ahead of me!casey_sig

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  • Erin

    HMMmmmm. thats a tough one. my favorite is always mine — http://www.cb2.com/blox-35×63-dining-table/s222049 (totally trying to convince my friends to buy that because it’s really a great table, we’ve had ours for 5 years, and eat at it almost every night.. and it’s still pristine, and no we do not wipe it clean every day!

    but if i had to choose one of your links. I’d pick the west elm table. I really wasn’t a fan of the marble/gold. i feel that’d get old real quick. and the wayfair white table, i didn’t like how it looked when extended.

    my second choice would be the all modern black/wood table.

    as for other stuff, You’re totally gonna want a light. I don’t think you should do a rug to “divide” the room up. i think it would just make it feel even more cramped. we do have a “dining room” and ended up getting rid of the rug because it just made it feel that much smaller. just put felt pads on the bottom of the chairs and you’ll be fine. i’d maybe even consider seeing about getting matching barstools to the dining chairs if possible. i love these:

    http://www.westelm.com/products/classic-cafe-dining-chair-h2100/?pkey=cdining-chairs

    but i wish they came in a fun color! cuz i honestly now want cushion on the chairs.

    • Love your table Erin! And love that you have such positive reviews of it. I agree with the rug….it may crowd and overwhelm the space if we get one!

  • Austin Schneider

    #6 is my absolute favorite – totally stopped me in my tracks! #5 and #1 are solid secondary contenders. Love the contrast the marble/lighter wood would bring to your home! Can’t wait to see where you land.

    • Thanks for the input Austin! I do love the idea to go with something lighter to brighten up the space.

  • Kristen Ayotte

    I love option 5 and 6. Getting a table is totally going to start a long line of purchases! Chairs, rug, cute things to put on the table! 🙂 Can’t wait to see which choice you make!

    • Omg right!? The table is just the tip of the iceberg….eek!

  • shawnna griffin

    hey girl I love #6 it is so cool! Have fun shopping!

  • Trang

    Although I like the look of #6, I don’t think it goes with your space because it’s more of a farmhouse feel, not a modern feel. All the others are similar in style. I like #3 the best. It’s modern and sleek and um, hello, it’s marble. Nothing screams luxurious and modern more than marble with black. Plus, I see more chair options with this one. It’s a tough choice since they are all beautiful in their own way. Good luck and can’t wait to see the final choice.

    • Trang….you are reading my mind girl! While I love all the tables, marble has a special place in my heart! Especially to brighten up the space with all of the dark cabinets & black granite.

  • Heather, we did consider that! But as you mentioned…we really weren’t sure where we would put the extra chairs. We can comfortably fit a table for 6…but one for 8 would be pretty awesome, and may actually prompt me to host a holiday or dinner parties!

    • Connie Wallace

      We keep our extra table leaves in the back of the guest room/office closet. They’re handy, but not in the way at all.

    • Love that idea!

  • Liz

    My vote is for #2 or #3. Would you share the link to the table that Finn hates? I actually love that!

  • I like #4 – but then again I would use it more for a blogging background and less for food. 🙂

    • hahaha I feel ya! Gotta take those things into consideration too! 🙂

  • Abbie DeLaney Zinkan

    I HAVE #3!!!! I absolutely LOVE my table. Its incredibly heavy so be sure you have help if you need to move it. Its very durable, I have a 4 and 6 year old and the table has taken its share of abuse. If you go with this one PLEASE, PLEASE seal is ASAP. It will stain easily, but sealing it was a breeze and I’m so glad I did it. Can’t wait to see what you decide.

    • Omg Abbie that is sooooo awesome to hear! I’m leaning towards that one (hint hint..), and I love hearing that your still looks good even with kids. The marble is just sooooo dreamy! And thanks for the sealing tip…that’s 1st on the to-do list!