Dining Room Table Announcement!

You patient readers, you! I owe you some scoop on the table drama! This gorgeous zinc top table looks great in my dining room...

...but it's not 100% me. Here's the deal, y'all: I ALMOST bought it. In fact, I went to bed a couple nights ago saying YES. Knowing it wasn't my "forever table" but feeling like it was my favorite option for now (given the price, the perfect dimensions and my need for a table...we use ours a LOT!).

The decision was HARD! It's super stylish and great looking! {But would I even be asking you to help me decide if it was "the one?" Wouldn't I just KNOW...like I did with my husband? Or maybe tables aren't quite like husbands! Tee hee!}
Your comments and emails were fabulous. I'm a verbal and written processor for SURE, so thank you for helping me in that way by reading and responding! A friend from college nailed it when she said this in an email:
I like the zinc top....but for some reason....knowing your personality, I just think the warmth of natural wood fits better. 
I was so touched by her words (haven't seen her since our Vanderbilt days and am honored that she remembers me as warm...awww!). She is so right. Wood just fits my personality. And so does French! I'm determined my "forever table" must be in France somewhere...in some tiny village just waiting for me to find it! 

But since I'm not in France (yet!), here's what I'm going to do: I'm going to have a table hand crafted. And here's the inspiration...

...a table design that makes my heart go pitter patter with it's wood top, trestle base, detailed curves across the stretcher and the lovely finish on the base. {This one is an antique, way out of my price range, and has a home already...whew!}

Right now, I'm working on two options: having it made locally by Barrio Antiguo in the Heights (I love supporting local businesses and Adriana is a great contact, y'all) or having it made of antique wood in Europe and shipped over. {More on that if it works out. God hooked me up with a contact today...and yes...I asked Him to do His thing with my agenda when I woke up this morning.}

But to have a table made, you've got to know EXACTLY what you want. After all the tables I've seen in the last several weeks (I feel like I've seen every table in Houston!), I've got some pretty good ideas!

But I'll need a few more photos to present to the craftsman (aside from the one above). Here's a similar trestle style:

But I'd like simpler sides and a scallop on the stretcher,
so I did a little Photoshop magic:

And I might want the base painted in a distressed, French gray:

Not a perfect paint job, but pretty good for Photoshop!

What do you think...all wood or a painted base?

I hope these table chronicles have been fun and helpful to someone out there in blog land. At the very least, you get to see a behind-the-scenes process from a French-loving, deal hunting (crazy out loud thinking) designer-type!

It's not over yet, but some huge decisions and amazing connections have been made. For those who don't think God is in the details, I dare you to give them up to Him and see! It's UNBELIEVABLE to see what He brings about when you ask Him!

Happy Day to you, Sweet Readers!


  1. AnonymousJuly 14, 2010

    You are such an inspiration to me...I love being married to you!!! :-D

    Since I am a "Sweet Reader" too, I will leave me comments for you (tee, hee). If you look closely at the first pic, I like the shape of the bottom of the legs better than the last 3 pics. I guess i like the "ski slope" look over the "ski jump" look on the outer leg area. But ho am I...I am just a reader...OH, NO...that's right...I am your hubby too! ;-)

    Loves, J.

  2. Proud of you for noticing the details, hubby! I must have you well-trained (and on the verge of insanity) by now! I ABSOLUTELY like the first base best! Thanks for hanging in there with me! I'll have you a table for your fabulous wine dinners before you know it!

  3. Hi Linsey,
    Ja vi in the Heights custom makes furniture as well. I've seen their work
    and it is impressive. Here is a link...

    And I like the painted wood. More refined & whimsical and less like a table found in a ski lodge. Or maybe that's what you'd like? Good luck!


  4. You are on the right track now.. So glad you decided against the zinc ...too trendy! I love the wood and the painted/distressed base is perfectly charming. A warm table for a lovely famiy to enjoy for years!

  5. :)and remember a smile that electrifies the room

    Glad to see I have a "sense" of you even after all of these years.

    My father is a surgeon/farmer/carpenter/welder/general craftsman and I have been the benefactor of a beautiful cradle for my baby dolls that I just repainted for my daughter's dollies, a child's rocking chair, and a handmade rocking horse....maybe my dinner table should be next on his list made of reclaimed farm wood.

    Look forward to seeing what you ultimately design!

  6. Dale JoyceJuly 14, 2010

    I've been following your table search with great interest. We had some coffee tables made a few years ago by the brother of the owner of Surroundings. They were relatively inexpensive and made with old wood that was recycled (I think our tables were from an old gymnasium). You might give Surroundings a try. Keep us posted!

  7. Brooke, you are too sweet! A big Texas-sized hug from me to you!

    Thanks everyone for your ideas! You make this fun!

  8. The final decision! Do you feel the weight of the world (or at least a really heavy table) has been lifted off your shoulders?!?

    I like all wood.

    P.S. My husband is in trouble, he never leaves me comments. (Smile).

  9. Hi Linsey, thanks for coming by my blog today! I WAS at your house for the Mini Flea, but sorry I didn't get to actually meet you! I can help your little obsession with three tiered baskets if you need me to!!:D


  10. I'm voting for all wood. It's timeless and can be dressed up or down.

    Also, it warms my heart to read about turning things over to God. HE is the BEST! I LOVE IT when I can really see GOD in action! Wonderful! I need to pray for his hand to take over my days much more often. I only thought I was reading a post about tables! HE works in mysterious ways!

  11. Linsey, I'm very happy for you that you have made your decision! YEAH! I know it must feel good to be moving in the direction you feel is more you!!!

    I love the path you're on. Y'all are going to have a beautiful dining table when all is said and done.....and a treasured story to go along with it! :)

  12. This is so exciting and I love how finding someone to craft the table for you came about. I actually like the bleached wood table best, especially considering you already have a lot of painted wood in your dining room.
    You have the eye though so I know you'll make the right decision.

  13. I am sure you feel the weight of the world (so to speak) off your shoulders. I think your custom piece will mean more and withstand the passage of time. And, if you had to think about it so much....the other table wasn't "the one." Thanks for taking us on this ride!


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