Two days ago, I got caught in some serious rain...as in flash flooding, couldn't drive home kind of rain. So I had to wait it out in the nearest shop, which happened to be Mecox. Poor me, right?
I love what I see on their website, but had honestly never stepped foot in the store. So there I was, forced in by the rain, when I stumbled onto this:
And get this: the dimensions are PERFECT! 36 inches wide by 96 inches long. [Most dining room tables are about 42" wide. Nothing wrong with that, but I wanted a more intimate feel (hence the narrower 36"). However, 36" wide tables are usually either antiques (too pricey) or not long enough for the wine dinners my husband likes to host.]
I dared to ask the price and was VERY pleased with what I heard. Shocked actually. So I did what a girl in the midst of table drama does: I took a brand new, just met her yesterday friend with great taste, Jenny Johnston, to look at the table with me (a huge thanks to Joni Webb for introducing me to Jenny's work here)! Jenny, a seasoned designer, had a brilliant idea: bring it home on approval!
So here you have it: the zinc-top table sitting in my own home!
Love the painted, reclaimed cypress wood base:
And of course it looks more inviting with a few of my own things on top:
Note the character of the zinc top.
(No fear of spills and rings; it's already been done!)
Now the real drama: to keep or not to keep? The zinc top is definitely different from the unfinished wood top I envisioned. (Is the zinc too casual? Too cold? Or do you like the added metal element in the room?)
Once you're in the habit of looking, it's kinda hard to stop!
A lovely French farm table from Mecox...
...and this oval table with a wood top + zinc band around the sides.
I can't help but wonder if the zinc-top table is meant to be? Forced in by the flooding, amazed by the dimensions and shocked by the price. Honestly, it found me. What do you think?
UPDATE:It appears that a whole lot of people do a google search for zinc tables and land on this post. I'm sure someone's personal blog isn't what you were looking for, but WELCOME! In the end, I designed my own table, but I've since found a great source for zinc tables: SDS Designs. Steven's tables are very well made and very well priced! I met him at the Round Top Antique Show in 2012 and was very impressed. You'll recognize my dining room on his website!