Saturday, March 5, 2011

Dining Room


My new dining room table is done so I've been busy moving things around and seeing how they look.



I love the pedestal of the table.  It's almost a like a tree stump.


And the top has been covered in zinc.  I love the reflection of the light from the windows and from the chandelier but it's a little too shiny.  It will oxidize and mellow with use or you can speed up the process with bleach.  I might just get some Clorox wipes and wipe it down a few times a week.  

I als0 had two zinc covered leaves made for the table so it will extend up to six feet long so I can have up to eight for dinner.


Here's a little look around the room.  This is one of the smallest rooms in the house.  9-1/2 feet by 11-1/2 feet.  It needs a paint job for sure.  This closet is the only closet other than the kitchen pantry on the first floor.  I definitely want to replace the door with an old four-panel door.


The chandelier was never really centered over the large rectangular table but it really wasn't noticeable.  Now that this smaller round table is directly under the light, it's obvious that it's not centered. I'm considering a long window seat or book cases on this back wall in front of the window.  Not only will it center the table in the room, either would provide much needed storage.


The green antique chest is about the right depth to correct the asymmetry but I don't think it has a place in my new vision for the room.

I've you've been following me since the beginning, you may remember this photo.


I was considering turning the dining room into a study with a center pedestal table that could be used for dinner guests.



I'm envisioning cabinets flanking the window with a window seat between and bookcases or shelves that go up to the ceiling on each side of the window.  I could also bring my wingbacks into the room and make the study that I've long dreamed of.






41 comments:

  1. Love the study idea for the dining room; I'm planning the same thing actually. The the drywall has already been ripped down to take advantage of the wall depth in order to same a little floor space. My house is teeny-tiny!

    Can't wait to see what you decide to do!

    Sue
    xo

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  2. Your table is great! I love a round table. Your idea of turning the room into a library/dining room is a wonderful idea. We did that here in our dining room because it just wasn't being used enough. Then we gutted the room and when we put it back together it became a dining room again. That is going to change!

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  3. hi stevo,

    i love the table. it's perfect for the room and the wing chairs will look amazing.

    xo

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  4. Hey Steve, you are a decorating genius - what a great look. I LOVE that zinc surface. Lori

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  5. First, I have enjoyed following along with your home renovation. Your work is beautiful. I just had to comment about the bookcases in the dining room. Do it! A couple of years ago when doing some remodeling, I had some bookcases designed for our dining room and we love them. The room is so much more useful and the bookcases add tremendously to the room. Also, I love your table. It is fantastic!

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  6. The table is great! And, I love the idea of bookcases flanking the window.

    I love re-purposing rooms. We have often talked about turning the dining room into a library and the sunroom into the dining room.

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  7. The zinc table top is unique and very chic. I love the inspiration idea of having a dining library room.

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  8. I've been anxiously awaiting you getting your table. It is gorgeous. I love the combo idea of study and dining. Yes...shelving around the window with a window seat would be nice. I love the green chest but yes....could see how it doesn't fit in with your plan. What color are you going to paint the walls?

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  9. A wonderful start Steve. I love the idea of creating a study here, as I think multi-functional spaces allow you to fully enjoy the room even when you aren't entertaining. And I love the look of the wingbacks with the round table. I LOVE your table. That pedestal is crazy beautiful. So when am I coming for dinner? I like everything except game, brussel sprouts and baked beans.

    P. S. I owe you an email. xo Terri

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  10. I love love your table and the idea of a study/dining room is so fabulous- yes please to the bookshelves/wing backs/window seat-I can totally picture it! Your home is just so divine- everytime I see the facade I get massively jealous- pretty much my dream house!!

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  11. Steve, the table is amazing! Only you would pair zinc with an antique base...it's so pretty, I don't know what else to say!

    my vote...definately do the bookcases. I always love pictures of library/dining rooms. For years, I've wanted to do that in mine on both sides of my window seat but with rows and rows of shelves with antique brackets, but I have the glass cases next to my fireplace that don't even get fully utilized...books just end up on the floor.
    I never noticed your chandelier before - it's gorgeous! Mine isn't symmetrical in the room either. I don't think they took the window seat into consideration with the placement of the table. I just live with it, even though it drives me crazy! :)
    Anyway, it's a fabulous fabulous room. I think the green cabinet adds a little whimsy and more personality to the room.

    btw, no, that stool is not zinc. it's that primitive painted one that I always have a plant in a bucket on. Sure do wish it had a zinc top...I could swap you for the green cabinet! :)

    have a great weekend! GREAT job!

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  12. Really beautiful. Love the zinc table; are you going to reveal your source for us locals? How smart of you to get extra zinc leaves!

    Donna @ www.streetsofsalem.com

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  13. Hey Baby!

    OK so now your really making me jealous with your new table....I love it so much. I like your idea for the chairs too. Green cabinet.. wanna swap for something?

    Keep it coming Steve, very inspiring and so fun to watch the transformation taking place!

    xo kelley

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  14. Donna,

    The table was custom made for me by Smith-Zukas Antiques in Wells, Maine. The pedestal is unique but the top which expands to accommodate leaves was made at attached. While it sat at the antique shop, two people saw it and also placed orders for it.

    It's now called the Steve Table!

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  15. What a great post to come home to after tiling the kitchen floor all day. I have always loved the chairs in your inspiration dining room. Love the table, who wouldn't. Have you decided what to use on the chairs yet? I would definitely add shelving, the window seat between and more shelving over. Maybe you could have cabinets at the bottom and the shelving the rest of the way up the wall. Sconces to light the window seat...I can see it so clearly! How's the painting of the windows coming along?

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  16. Well of course they wanted to buy it.... I put my finger prints ALL over it:) I think I still see one left of center... no alittle more to the left- yes there. Don't bother trying to get it off, it's permanent!
    It looks so much happier at your house that at the shop!
    oh, I totally forgot about the doors (sorry) measure that one and I'll see what I have that might fit.
    Love the inspiration photo and those legs on the chairs... shoot me now!

    joan

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  17. You are just so special, having a table named after you!!!

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  18. Well, Zinc Boy...You never cease to amaze.

    The table will patina beautifully...ooooh ooooh oooooooh! Love the idea of the shelves. Library/dining room is perfecto!

    Magic, Zinc boy...magic!

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  19. Is there a way to use the space between the studs for shelves so you don't have to use the floor space?
    I love the room and the table is especially clever!

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  20. Divine,
    It's a good thought but for two reasons, no. It's an outside wall so using the space between studs would leave no insulation but the house is post and beam construction to there are no studs at all. It's really crazy how the house was built.

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  21. Absolutely stunning Steve. Great work! Love that table!

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  22. It's going to look great. I like the idea of the bookcases. It gives the room a dual use, which I think is a good idea for a dining room if it's like mine and isn't used daily.

    www.ajbarnesonline.blogspot.com

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  23. We are on the same decorating wavelength! I just replaced our rectangular dining table with a round one for similar reasons -- centering with the chandelier, better flow etc.

    http://thevintiqueobject.blogspot.com/2011/02/finally-finished.html

    I LOVE the zinc topped table. Ingenious way to bring in more light.

    Your newest follower,
    Camille

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  24. The zinc on the table was a stroke of brilliance, Steve. It's perfect. I like your idea of the study/dining room. In a small space, you have to be able to contain multitudes!

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  25. LOVE it. And I love your plans for it. The zinc table top is fabulous - what a great idea. You've got my brain all excited now! Karin

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  26. I love your idea of a study/dining room....better use, I say....smiles.

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  27. as always - great ideas!

    we found a four panel door for our kitchen closet - we haven't installed it yet, but we were super happy to find it.

    i love your green cabinet - don't move it too far.

    you always inspire ...

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  28. Very stylish table...and you too..I love your house.!

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  29. I've just discovered your blog...it's great :) I really like your vision for your dining room. It will be warm and welcoming...and probably a place your guests won't want to leave :)

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  30. Yes! A study/dining area is so inviting....AND you will use it every day! I love your dining table...I've seen many zinc top tables, but none with you classic base....you've got a real original there...beautiful...k

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  31. I love the idea and look of dining in a library. The coziness is so inviting. Love the table -- you amaze me all the time, I love your taste.

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  32. What a great success your 'Steve' table is, and I presume that it is a carefree surface as well, unlike my wooden table that has to be pampered, fed and well covered if I'm entertaining!
    It is all looking good!

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  33. Be still my heart with that zinc top!!! What a clever idea!! I'm absolutely loving that inspiration photo and love the idea of a multi-use room. And who wouldn't want to dine in a cozy study/library??
    xo, Melissa

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  34. Wow!
    World class Dining Room.
    Show me yours & I will show you mine?
    http://nopoboho.blogspot.com/2011/03/fine-dining.html

    Best Wishes from Portland, Oregon!

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  35. Pretty table--I'm just wondering though--does it feel cold? (asks the woman whose hands are never warm) Just noticed your lovely chandelier. I like your ideas for this room.

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  36. Very nice design. I hope you keep the green chest. I think it is wonderful. Love the window seat idea. I have always wanted one.


    Great idea to use the clorox wipes to dull the shine. I'm sure you will be happy with the result.

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  37. This is such a beautifully eclectic dining space. The zinc top table is fantastic! And I love the chairs.
    Ceri (www.cooper-grey.com)

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  38. Oh I adore the table, love the zink top, and the green chest is amazing!!

    A Special Gift on my site just in time for spring!Come Enter!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  39. I like the zinc-clad top idea. I could really go for that. would be good for indoors and out...

    donna

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