9.17.2012

My Breakfast Nook + The Best Zinc Top Dining Table

I've got a great story and the best zinc top dining table source for you today. But first, a peek at the table my husband drove to Atlanta and back for in a day...just because he was eager for our family to finally sit down together in one spot!

Our family dining nook.

This great looking zinc top table was made by Steven Sheardown of SDS Designs. Not only is Steven the nicest table maker you'll ever meet, but he's super attentive to detail, which you know I love! More on what I love about his tables in a minute.

First, a little back story. Last spring, I was finishing up my beauty hunting adventures at Round Top and Marburger when I spotted a field full of zinc top tables that I hadn't seen before. Our uhaul was jam-packed {with a large purchase I can't wait to show you plus all of my neighbor's purchases}, so we had no business stopping, but my sweet husband indulged me. {He was in a great mood that day. We were talking all about our Franklin Dream...wondering if it could really happen.}

Anyway, we get out of the car to look at the tables {more out of curiosity than anything else} and this guy recognized my husband. He couldn't figure out how. Rascal Flats? Nope. Try again. Oh...the famous LLH Designs blog! HA! I'm so not famous, but for some reason, this post I wrote in 2010 was at the top of Google's search engine results for zinc top dining tables. {I think that's how some of you found my blog!}

Anyway, we got to talking about how I had brought one home on approval but couldn't get over the price tag at Mecox, not to mention some of the imperfections like sharp corners. {Made me nervous someone would cut their hand.} Steven started showing me the details of his tables...like super smooth corners and edges.


Then told me the price. SO much more affordable than any I had seen before...and so well made! You can tell he knows his stuff!

Steven and his sweet wife Nancie.

If we had room in the trailer, I would've taken one of his tables home with me that day. But with no place to put it, we traded information and stayed in touch. Long story short, when our Franklin Dream came true, I told Steven I was ready for a table.


Just noticed: love the way the wood paneling on the back of the armoire
ties in with the wood bench! Talking pictures helps me see details like this.

With a narrow breakfast nook, I needed something much narrower than the traditional American table width, so Steven made one to my exact specifications. Here's a little better perspective of the space:

Nothing but the table is new. It's a creative challenge to use what you have.
{The bench was my first Marburger purchase 11 years ago. It showed
up in a couple different places in my Houston home, but never at a table.}

The view toward the kitchen.
{Still haven't settled on which stools...though I'm thinking
the wood-topped swivel stools tie in nicely with the wooden bench.}

Two white Ikea chairs with linen slips serve as an "almost love seat"
for my husband and me. I didn't have a great experience with
the European slip company or else I'd share a link.

An outdoor pillow from Restoration Hardware.

And the apothecary candle holders. 
{World Market finds from my Houston house.}
Since we don't have an overhead light yet, candle light is essential!

Back to SDS Designs. Steven lives in Florida, but you can buy his tables directly from him at Scott's in Atlanta {north building, C1, near the back right corner} or at the bi-annual Round Top Antique Show in Texas {Chelsea Meadows field, which is near Arbor Antiques...always a great tent!}. In fact, I bet Steven and Nancie are packing up their trailer for Texas right now! They're setting up early {September 20th} and will stay until they sell out {which is usually before the show ends}. For more zinc top table info, contact Steven. Tell him I sent you, and I know he'll take good care of you!

To those of you going to Round Top, Marburger, etc., send a photo my way if you feel inspired by something you see! {Some of my photos and blog posts have been shared on the Marburger Facebook page. Honored! If you need Round Top help, I shared a map and info here.} Trying not to get too homesick thinking about all the beauty that abounds in those wide-open Texas fields! At least I've got plenty of beauty to enjoy here in Franklin!

Love and hugs,

P.S. This "New Girl" is going back to Bible study tomorrow! And having lunch with another new girl! Patting myself on the back for my bravery...and thanking God for going before me in all of this newness!

33 comments:

  1. Beautiful! Such a great belnd of materials in that nook:-)

    I have noticed several seagrass or sisal rugs in your homes, and am curious if you have any great sources for those? I've been looking for awhile, but would prefer to purchase with a recommendation if possible. Just curious:-)

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    1. I could write a whole post on rugs. Seagrass is my longtime favorite. I've had it in every house I've ever lived in. I have jute for the first time in my breakfast nook. Not loving it. It's messy! Dirt literally seems to be falling out of the fibers. I also don't think it will hold up as well as the seagrass. Some of my seagrass is custom, but some is from wherever I could find it cheap. Natural Area Rugs is a great resource.

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  2. It's perfect there Lins and I love the backstory! So wishing you were here to go to Round Top with me, can't believe we never made that trek together.

    Loving all of your FB pics...it really looks like you guys are getting into your groove there and enjoying it.
    Hugs~
    T

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    1. Your bird cage lamp was one of my favorite finds in the fields! xo!

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  3. Oh my goodness! So beautiful. I love talented people who share their God given talents with us.

    Your home is lovely!

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  4. Perfect, Lins. Your heart should be singing at how well this area is coming together.

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  5. What a perfect table to have many family dinners on. I love the story behind the table and what talent Steven has. I only wish I lived closer so I could enjoy some of his creations.

    I really like the wood top swivel stools. They go well with the bench and other wood items you have in the room.

    Can't wait to see the rest of your house.

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  6. What a small world! We live near Steven and have seen some of his work at the "fancy flea" that is held by us. I fell in love with one of his zinc tables, but they were all sold at the beginning of the show. When I saw your post, I thought, ooh another maker of zinc tables, clicked on the link, only to find that we already knew him! Your homes are beautiful! I absolutely love your decorating style.

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    1. I hope you'll find an excuse to have one of his tables someday. They'd make great screen porch or covered patio tables, too! The word is getting out about him. He deserves his success! Such a nice guy.

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  7. It's so pretty! I've been trying to talk my mom into updating her kitchen island with a zinc overlay . . . Haven't convinced her yet, but your pretty new table may do it for me!!!!

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  8. LOVE, love, love it Linsey!!~ What a beautiful table and piece of art!!
    I love the Ikea chairs too, I've been thinking about getting these for my dining table. Did you get the linen slip covers from Ikea as well? Also, I love the rug under your table! I've been looking for something like that too.
    So excited for your bible study and lunch with your new friend.
    Have a beautiful night.
    Sincerely,
    Melinda

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    1. The slips are from a European company called Bemz who makes slips for some of Ikea's furniture, not affiliated with Ikea. Trouble was, when I ordered, they were making slips for European sized Ikea furniture, which is slightly smaller than US-sized Ikea furniture. I had all kinds of trouble getting a good fit. Might as well have something made in the States.

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  9. I love so many things about your breakfast nook!
    I want those bar stools...both...so much:) THAT would be a hard
    decision. I do agree with you though the wood ones compliment.

    I love zinc tables and yours is so pretty. What a blessing to know him yes:)
    loving your little farmhouse:)

    xo

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  10. your home is coming together sooooo beautifully, Linsey!
    Andy and I JUST went to Scott's in ATL a weekend before last...it was our first experience, and it was glorious. :)

    I love your zinc table....fits in just perfectly.

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  11. Sooo beautiful! What a great eye you have!

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  12. Excellent info. Thanks so much! I always appreciate that you are so gracious to share your sources and answer questions. I will definitely avoid the jute... this is why I always love word of mouth suggestions- you always get the real scoop:-)

    Hope you have a blessed time at your Bible study and lunch with your new friend. hugs!

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  13. Dear Linsey,
    I love how you have paired your new table with the bench and chairs. Thank you for sourcing it! I'd love to attend Round Top one day....heard it is fabulous and fun.
    Cheers from DC,
    Loi

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  14. I am one of those that found your blog through your zinc top table post. We ended up purchasing a zinc top table for our dining room that we love, but are starting to notice a bunch of spots on the table. Do you have any ideas or for suggestions on caring for your table?

    Thank you,
    Jessica

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    1. Steven told me to try windex, but mine is a "natural" version so it doesn't do much. I've heard other things but haven't tested: like lemon juice or tomato paste (random!).

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  15. I love the french cabinet on the adjascent wall! Beautiful, the color is lovely. Have you shared the new paint colors yet? I would love you to do some online consulting. Its hard to find people with a great eye and tase in French interiors but not anything stuff...I love that you use so many natural/green elements in your home too - I think youd so well at it! Id be your first customer :)

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    1. Thanks for your confidence in me, Amanda. I have a love of nesting in my own home, but haven't felt called to take that love into other people's homes. I'll let you know if that changes!

      P.S. I've only shared a few rooms in my new house and have posted the paint colors for those rooms.

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  16. stuffy! i meant to say...:)

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  17. love your new table! get the wood topped bar stools, they really pick up the wood in the bench. it reminds me of jane moores kitchen, when she changed out the chairs - the woods of the chair matched the cabs and table and it looks so great! wood bar stools!!! not that you asked.

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    1. I love hearing your opinion...and even more when it matches mine! My girls were loving the tractor seat, but I was feeling the wood topped stools all the way! Thrilled to be compared with Jane Moore's kitchen in even the slightest way!

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  18. Linsey,

    I began reading your blog a few months ago. It was about the time you were thinking about moving to Tennessee. I subscribed and have been following you ever since and enjoying it very much. I was very interested to see you blog today about the zinc table. The more I read, I learned they would be in Mt. Dora in November. My husband and I go to Renninger's every year so I thought I would be able to see them there. I was intrigued when I saw they live in Fl. So I went to their website and it turns out that they live in Bradenton, Fl - the same town as me!! I was so excited. I will definitely visit their shop. Thanks for sharing the information. Like the saying goes, "it's a small world". Sue in Fl.

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  19. How fun tha tyou live in the same town! Please tell Steven you saw his table on my blog. I know he'll take good care of you!

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    1. I will be sure to do that. I don't need a table at this time but I'm anxious to see their shop and what else they have to offer.
      Sue

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  20. 3 words.....love the table!!! I've seen them at Scott's. great stuff....

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  21. Found your blog from a Google search...talking to Steven now! I've been on the hunt for a zinc top table and this one is perfect. Looks like 'Im headed to Round Top tomorrow. Thank you so much for your post!

    -Laura

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  22. I love your table! I currently found a similar table while on vacation in Gatlinburg, Tn but ended up not purchasing it because I didn't want to deal with shipping, etc. I went shopping this past weekend and searched everywhere with no luck and just so happened to find your blog this morning while googling zinc top dining tables and am sooo excited because the company you purchased your table from just so happens to live 1 1/2 hrs from me! I plan on visiting them within a few weeks to see about getting my dream table. My only question is, how well does it hold up to scratches?? I have 2 children and when I initially showed the table to my husband he was against buying it because he didn't think it would hold up well and would look awful within a few months time… :/

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    1. It's not a table for the perfectionist. Kind of like white marble in the kitchen. It will show signs of life pretty quickly. When I first started looking at these kinds of tables, that bothered me. But I've changed since then...and have learned to embrace the mess of life and create beauty in the midst of it. So the table feels like a good fit for me now. :)

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    2. Thank you for your response and honest opinion. Would you be willing to email me a picture of the "after life" table so I can get a better idea?? I'm not against the aging, I just want to be sure that's the look I'm going for :) lcbarnes@embarqmail.com

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    3. Hey Ladies! I'm in the same boat. I too would love to see how your table as weathered. I have three kids under 4 years old & planning to purchase a zinc top table. I have white marble in the kitchen. And yes, that first ding, watermark & scratch cut me like a knife, but it doesn't bother me anymore. :) mail@maryheath.com

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