Thursday, October 23, 2008
Obviously you already know that I love this dining room.
But I don't love a trestle table. To me it just screams "new" and to that end looks a little cheap (sorry). However it seems to be the standard design for a farm table these days.
Or you can go more contemporary with a chunkier leg, like the Sundance Longmont table (top) or the Crate and Barrel Big Sur table (bottom). They're about the same price.
So what am I doing? Having the table custom-made of course, by one of my favorite dealers from Brimfield. The dealer, Country Squire Antiques, is in Seekonk, MA (although supposedly relocating their workshop to Fall River) and had an amazing selection of 19th century furniture when I first met them. Bob, the owner, showed me many photos of his custom work and I felt confident he could make something for me.
So I pulled out some photos that I had seen of an Italian farmhouse table sold at auction and sent them to Bob... if you look carefully, it looks like the table is one half of a pair (note the notched side on the right). Probably it was an old refectory table.
I also sent him a photo of the finish I was looking for - a weathered, well-loved reclaimed pine.
The table is supposed to be finished by the end of the month... stay tuned!