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dining conundrum

Having a 3 day weekend was nice, we went to 3 bbqs, including watching the fireworks from a high-rise apartment right by the lake downtown. There was lots of hanging out with friends and social time.

Ok, on to what's on my mind:

So we've been hosting Sunday dinners on an irregular basis (I think we're averaging one a month right now)... and I'm also starting to host board game nights. And so far we've managed by buying a plastic folding table, that unfolds and seats about 6.
My current dining table is a very chic contemporary piece. It's round, with a glass top, dark black wood, and a really cool bottom so it looks more like a sculpture piece. It took a while of patient waiting on craigslist before I found it from a very chic couple living in a very well-designed home.

It makes me happy, my dining table.

But, it seats only 4 comfortably. GAAH. It is a conundrum. I don't want to spend a thousand dollars on an aesthetically pleasing dining table that will seat 6-8. There's plenty of ugly dining tables on craigslist that cost about $150-$200. But they usually are the wrong color, or just plain boring. Sigh. But plain boring will seat more people and make it easier for me to host dinners and game nights.

Actually. Maybe you engineer types can help me. Maybe I can make some foldable wooden/plastic fly that I can put over my existing table, and put a table cloth over? But. That may not be a good idea.

Here's my currently awesome West Elm via Craigslist dining table that also has a glass top




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bobacita
Jul. 6th, 2009 08:14 pm (UTC)
How about keeping the dining table (I've seen the horrid ones on CL) and buying loads of folding chairs to sit around the living room? Food can go on the coffee table.
preservationgal
Jul. 6th, 2009 08:48 pm (UTC)
what if you got a larger glass top for your current table so that its circumference were large enough for 6 people would that work?

I always kept folding chairs. Still do, even though I don't have people over. Need to fix that.
ripresa
Jul. 6th, 2009 08:54 pm (UTC)
Wow. That's really a simple and smart idea.
preservationgal
Jul. 7th, 2009 01:20 pm (UTC)
a larger glass in a thickness heavy enough to be solid for dining will probably be expensive and will definitely be very heavy. It really only solves your design issue.
emaymcnicks
Jul. 7th, 2009 04:52 pm (UTC)
^this^

i'd also get those no slip rug pads (something decorative looking if you aren't going to use a table cloth)and put it between the table and the glass top to make sure the glass top doesn't slip off.
preservationgal
Jul. 7th, 2009 05:47 pm (UTC)
they make them in several sizes, shapes and colors of felt so you can "match" your table. Be careful when you remove them though because the sticky might affect the wood underneath.
firth
Jul. 6th, 2009 08:49 pm (UTC)
This is not at all helpful in the way you'd like it to be, but if you do ever decide to replace the table, I don't have a dining table right now and yours does look great, so we could talk about me buying it from you. :)
wenchalicious
Jul. 6th, 2009 09:26 pm (UTC)
Cute table!

No advice for you... I just like the word 'conundrum'.
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