Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Some Changes in the Kitchen ~

I wasn't looking for a new kitchen table....
and 
I wasn't looking for new kitchen chairs...

I swear!!

I was perfectly happy with my vintage 90's kitchen table from Ethan Allen. I purchased it on Craigslist 4 years ago when we bought our house. It was from the Farmhouse Pine Collection which has been discontinued. It was a round table with a gorgeous chunky pedestal. It opened to an oval with a table leaf. 

Here's a photo of my table that Jennifer from The Old Painted Cottage snapped when she featured our home a few years ago at "Cottage of the Month".  Click here to view.


The table was a perfect fit for the space. The table top was planked pine and had lots of patina. It was easy to care for. My kids could put hot drinks or wet glasses down on the table top. Very easy to live with and I never worried about the finish. The only thing I really didn't care for was that crumbs would get stuck in between the planks and required a weekly vacuum. The Ethan Allen wagon wheel chairs were comfortable and sturdy for friends and teenagers... 



Here is a photo of my kitchen when I rearranged the display on top of my cabinets. Probably one of my more popular posts. If you missed it and want to see more of my kitchen 

and 

Would you like to see my new {to me} kitchen set...

This is what graces my kitchen now:


A huge trestle table and 6 creamy wicker chairs :)


So, here is the back story on this table and 6 wicker chairs.  It was a gift from very dear friends. It has wonderful meaning to both my husband and I.  It belonged to Lia, very good friend, that passed away 5 years ago. Lia's husband and my husband were college fraternity brothers and roommates. Lia's husband was the best man in my wedding and my husband, in turn, was the best man at hers.  Very close friends.

When Lia moved to Thousand Oaks 9 years ago, I'd like to think I "helped her" pick out this very table and chairs. I don't remember the table discussion as much as I remember discussing the chairs. Lia had such a great sense of style and she was a trendsetter. She really was!

She had this idea of pairing a large pine trestle table with wicker chairs. 

Nobody was doing this in a dining room back in 2003. 

Everything was a bit more match-y back then. We had plenty of discussions on how it would look... would it be too casual? Would it be comfortable? I thought it was a great idea! I'd like to think I helped sway her decision to go for it...

Ultimately, she went with her instinct and ordered the table and six Pottery Barn wicker chairs....

It looked gorgeous in her dining room. I sat at her table for dinners, coffee and craft projects. She was never fussy about her furniture and always put her guests at ease. There is a warmth and patina to the wood top that I just adore... Plenty of pot marks, water stains... some glue and some glitter too.. All remembrances of Lia.

My family was gifted this table and chairs last month. I really wanted to re-shoot these pictures because I don't think the camera lighting does the table justice... but I finally decided you would probably rather see a blog post than wait another 6 months for me to get the lighting just right and stage the shots... 



The chairs have stood up to years and years of adults, teens and children sitting at them. The cushions are a pretty yellow ticking fabric that matches the light butter yellow walls in my kitchen. 


The fabric was a bit soiled so I decided to wash them. Unfortunately, Pottery Barn did NOT put zippers in these cushions! Makes no sense if you have ever checked their prices. Really? Does PB not understand that people will want to wash these things?

I decided to wash them in the washer and see how they would turn out. Wish I would have taken a picture. Each foam cushion became a taco inside the fabric and the only way to correct the shape was to slice open the cushion at the back seam...


Now the cushions are clean but I have a new project to sew close the six covers.... It's been a month and I still have not tackled sewing them closed. I may get some new foam and replace the inside before I sew them.  I do believe that PB still sells these covers at $40 each... but they are perfectly usable and I am going to save myself the $240 by using the existing ones.


How pretty is this double trestle....
I feel so lucky and blessed to have this in my home!


I would like to use some sort of wax to seal the top, something that won't make the wood shiny or darker. If you have any suggestions, please let me know!! I am thinking a wax would be nice as long as it's not sticky.


My chicken coop plant stand which you have seen before... 

I purchased the old metal milk pail at a garage sale for $5.00. I used Annie Sloan Chalk paint in "Old White" on it and then distressed it. The white roses are from my garden.



I have been adding olive branches to my demi-johns. I like the Autumn look they bring into the kitchen and the branches are free from my back yard... love that!

I don't add any water for the branches and they last about 2 weeks.


These red roses now on my table were given to me by my son at "Senior Night".  A sweet remembrance of his football season. His football team made the playoffs in their division. So proud of those boys! 

Wish them luck going forward!


I'm really going to miss the Friday Night Lights... 
Hopefully, Saturday games will be in our future!

And here is something so coincidental... 

Back in the summer, I was at the dentist's office waiting for my daughter. Flipping through a magazine, I found a picture of a dining room I just loved. With my camera phone, I took a photo of the magazine page...


Notice anything????


The afternoon sun in our kitchen...


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64 comments:

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Your new table and chairs look wonderful in your home! It is so lovely that they have such a sweet history to them

Designs By Pinky said...

That table is GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!! I just love it and the chairs too. Hard to believe that PB didn't put zippers on the cushions! Your "new" set is a real treasure. XO, Pinky

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Stunning!! Looks Perfect in your kitchen! It was MEANT to be per the photo you took of the SAME table....I am quite sure Lia is looking down and smiling from ear to ear....

Lou Cinda :)

Denise at PinkPostcard. said...

beautiful! what a special and meaningful gift. It looks great in your space- that is such a bummer about the cushions though. I love PB, but they definitely have some issues with their product. Especially their soft goods!!
I would recommend Miss Mustard Seed's wax. I love it- it has a really sweet light scent and is super creamy to put on. You would need to let it cure for awhile though (I think 30 days is the recommended for full cure) It's got a nice subtle finish to it that feels velvety smooth. Be careful not to get any water spots on it while it is curing, or you will see some lighter spots where the water was. Just my suggestion to your question! :)
Love your kitchen!

Blondie's Journal said...

It's so sweet that you inherited the table and chairs from your sweet friend. They certainly were trendsetting back then and I really love the look!

XO,
Jane

Salmagundi said...

Great story! I love when someone decorates with furniture that has meaning. Sally

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

It's a lovely set and the table is gorgeous! Since you have the cushions open already, maybe you could add zippers so you could remove them for the next time. Even if you don't sew, I can't think a seamstress at the dry cleaners would charge much for them. Sorry, no suggestion on the wax.

Pam said...

No suggestions on the wax, but that table is dreamy. It looks great with the wicker chairs. BTW, I have a heck of a time getting the lighting right to take photos in my dining nook. It has bay windows and about the only way I can get a 1/2 way decent photo is to use the flash (which I hate to do), but it balances out the outside light coming in.

FleaingFrance - French Shopping said...

I love the story and I am sure that it would make your friend very happy to know that her things were in a place where they are loved.

I've used Bri Wax for years on my wooden pieces and it's easy to do. You just buff it down with a cloth and it's ready to go. There is a clear and one with a deeper tone...but it does not change the color of the wood...it just hides scratches.

Enjoy your new dining room. It's beautiful.

Auntie Bliss said...

Unreal story and I LOVE the table and chairs...together!!! LUCKY YOU!!!

kathee said...

Girl~what a beautiful story behind the table and chairs So happy you shared that...I love how it looks!! Bri wax is what you need....
Have a great week...xok

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

What a beautiful table! The fact that you took a photo from a magazine, of the same table, just proves that it was meant to be! Your friend is so proud that it is in your posession!

Sarah said...

Beautiful table and chair combo and what a lovely meaningful gift. Nice that they are in your home where you will treasure and appreciate them. Could you put zippers in where you opened the seam? It would make washing them again an easer task. ;-)

Cozy Little House said...

It's beautiful, and the story even more so. She would want you to have it.
Brenda

The Decorating Diaries said...

A beautiful table, chairs, and story. That is what makes a house a home. Love and memories.

Janet

Penny Phillips said...

I am visiting from Ivy and Elephants...love your kitchen! I also am now following you on GF !
Hugs, Penny

AntiqueChase said...

Thank you for your comments!! Some of the readers have their email set up as "noreplycomment" and means I can't respond to you. Check your settings if you have time :)

Olive said...

The chairs and table are beautiful and the back story makes them special indeed.

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

I love the new table and chairs. Such a nice memory for you to have these and I am sure she is somewhere in heaven smiling that you are able to love them and use them too.

Your home is so pretty!
Love all that you do.
:)
xox
A

Anne said...

Your new table and chairs are gorgeous! I LOVE wood and white together.And the texture of the chairs next to the wood table looks amazing too!I love changing things too! I recently brought my farm table from my work space into my kitchen and I LOVE it!Your kitchen is beautiful too!
xx
Anne

AshTreeCottage said...

Love the new to you table and chairs!

Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

I'm sure your dear friend has a great big smile on her face looking down at you!
GORGEOUS table and I love the chairs, they look fabulous in your kitchen!!

Deserae said...

Your new table and chairs looks fabulous in your kitchen!!! The fact that it was your friends makes it extra special too :o) Love your kitchen...so beautiful!!!!
~Des

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

How wonderful that you have your friend's table and chairs. They look spectacular in your beautiful space!

Stephanie said...

LOVE the trestle table - so neat that it means so much to you and a bonus that it looks GREAT!

Shelia said...

I love your new table and chairs! They look wonderful in your pretty kitchen! Your kitchen, I love it too.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Lee said...

Love it. I have the same kitchen chairs from pottery barn. I've had them for 10 years already and they look new. Love them. Enjoy your kitchen.
Lisa
Leeshideaway.blogspot.com

The Polished Pebble said...

Looks just wonderful in your house! Great design never gets old right?

xxoo kelley

Becca said...

I love your new table and chairs, as well as the sentimental story behind them! Your kitchen is beautiful!

White Ironstone Cottage said...

So beautiful Love the table and the white chairs too
Lucky Girl
xxoo
Pam

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

This is the perfect table and chairs for our home...beautiful!

michele said...

those wicker chairs are so perfect and timeless. i want em! thanks for your prayers, i so appreciate it.

michele

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Your new table and chairs are beautiful. Nice back story as well. Instead of sewing them close, you could either put velcro in or some pretty buttons. That way you can take them off the forms and wash whenever. Anyhoo, thanks for sharing. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/11/make-it-pretty-monday-week-22.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Rooms by Ann said...

I love the new table and chairs, and that's agreat story.

Nancy @ Nancy's Daily Dish said...

I love the chairs and table. I have wanted a trestle table for the longest time and would love to find either wicker or some kooboo chairs to go with it. The story behind your set makes it so very sweet. What a fond memory for you and I'm sure your friend would love to know that these are in your home now.

Nancy

Melissa Anderson said...

I am in love with your table! It looks perfect in your home. And your home is just beautiful and so is your blog. I am proud to say I am a new follower.

Rachel said...

Love your kitchen and your blog!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I love your kitchen. The table is fabulous. Hugs, Marty

Finding Home said...

Wow - what a beautiful change! Take care, Laura

Sharing Shadymont said...

I love the trestle table and the wicker chairs are so nice. I'm a new follower. Please stop by for a visit!

SHERRY HART said...

Do I love your new table and chairs...yes but I love the story more. So touching....and you will always have a memory to go along with it.

Susy said...

A wish come true, a blessing, and a perfect fit. You couldn't ask for more. Enjoy!

Kelly said...

Love your new table and chairs! The story that goes behind it is sad though. Looks like you are taking good care of it and is continues to have a family to enjoy it. Your friend would be proud.

AntiqueChase said...

I hope that she is smiling from above and knows that we think of her often... the table is a treasure to us.

Art and Sand said...

Your new table is lovely, but even better is the wonderful story of the table. I have several pieces that are family treasures. They might not mean anything to others, but they are what make our house a home.

Enjoy!

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

What a touching post! The table is lovely, and those chairs do look so good with it. What a wonderful way to remember a good friend.

Bliss said...

As your newest follower I think you should know I'm an original Valley girl. Van Nuys Blvd and I go way back.

Bliss

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Beautiful blog and very elegant pictures. You got some lovely stuffs here.
Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Cindy said...

Whoa, what an amazing story. Your new table and the wicker chairs look so perfect, like they were meant to be there. Isn't that all just strange and amazing and wonderful..

Cindy

Debbie @ MeandMyDIY said...

Isn't that funny? Wow..I guess you know what you like, don't you? The new table looks beautiful in that space.

Debbie

Ivy and Elephants said...

I love your beautiful new dining set, but most of all the heart warming story of a friendship that endures. A treasured memory each time you sit for a meal, she's with you. Thanks so much for sharing with us.
Have a happy and blessed thanksgiving.
Hugs,
Patti

thistlewoodfarm said...

What a beautiful table! I think it looks perfect in your home.....and those chairs! You are truly blessed!

Have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving!
karianne

Anne Marie said...

what an awesome transformation! I love the new table and the chairs...our dining room is so small and with all these kids I'm just about ready to have benches everywhere...so we'll see...thanks for the inspiration!
(how lovely your furniture has a story...I love it that way too)
very nice to meet you
Anne Marie
p.s Happy Thanksgiving!

Meghan said...

Oh be still my beating heart! Wicker chairs with soft yellow ticking fabric = match made in heaven! I live in a tiny house in London and don't even have a dining room table so I am seriously coveting yours!

Melissa Owczarzak said...

I love it! And you may want to look into Butcher's Paste Wax for the table :-)

Linda said...

as I started reading this post, I thought the old table is so nice.....but, the new set looks like it was made for your home...beautiful!!!!

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Love the new table, so pretty! The wicker chairs are beautiful. enjoy the weekend.
OXXO
Kristin

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

I love your new table and chairs...what a special gift! I just found your blog....

jayneonweedstreet said...

How very special to have that table that belonged to a close friend! WOuldnt she be happy that it is being loved by your family? I have a large antique English oak table that I wax with very fine steel wool and Butcher's Wax. Yes, you put the wax on with circular movements of the steel wool. Then put some muscle into the polishing. It give a wonderful patina and a waxing that will last for months.

Mary said...

Marcy, you have a beautiful home! I just became a follower!

Val said...

You have had such a fantastic 2012, cheers to a wonderful 2013.

Julie Janis said...

What did you do with your Ethan Allen Farmhouse table? I have this same set and am thinking of selling it. Have no idea how much to ask.

Julie Janis said...

What did you do with your Ethan Allen Farmhouse table? I have this same set and am thinking of selling it. Have no idea how much to ask.

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Love your kitchen and the table and chairs are perfect!
Blessings,
Cindy