It wouldn't fit in my car, though, so I was looking at it with an eye to taking the whole thing apart when the man selling it offered to deliver it to my house. A very generous offer considering we didn't live in the same town! Several days later, the table was delivered AND set up by the man and his wife. How sweet is that?! Here is a look at the table when I first got it home:
It's too late in the year now to refinish the table so I am keeping it this way for the winter. I was now ready for a new chandelier... Since I plan to tear down part of the wall between the living room and dining room and I can't decide yet whether I am going to swap the two spaces around, I didn't want to invest in a chandelier only to discover that now I need a much longer chain to swag it over to the new position of the table. Back to Craig's List...
Here's the shot of the dining room with the current light fixture (sorry for the crappy photo!)
I found this cute light fixture for $15.
It looked almost like a pewter finish!!
I picked it up and discovered it was a builder's basic chandelier with a nickle finish that I didn't care for. So I spray painted it oiled bronze. And then I broke one of the glass shades - GAH! So here it is without shades and with crystals I attached to glam it up a bit.
The original chain wasn't long enough to drop the chandelier to the right position over the table, but there was enough electrical cord to do it. Thanks to my large collection of lighting parts, I had a bronze chain and two hooks from another fixture that I swapped out with the original chain to give myself the look and length I wanted. And I need to invest in a set of matching light bulbs too...
Here's the whole room:
Catch my "new" Singer sewing machine table in the corner? Another Craig's List find from 2 months ago... I love Craig's List :)
That hutch? Yet another Craig's List buy (I use the term Craig's List loosely, the actual online classifieds service I use is Kijiji but it is only in Canada apparently).
And here is Max being his useful self:
Unfortunately we haven't had any sun since I got the room together, so the photos are a bit dark. The table runner is a scarf I bought at Superstore and never could wear because it is so HUGE. I love the colours and pattern, though, so this is a good alternative!
I can't decide if I should paint the base of the table in turquoise or in off-white, and if in off-white, should I repaint the chairs to match??? I hate trying to make decisions about paint colours!!! Feel free to weigh in with your thoughts, I have 6 months to mull it over!!
Total cost of my dining room? $60
Breakdown = Hutch $100, Table $50, Singer Table $90, Chandelier $15 - total cost $255
less sales of my old stuff:
Dining table $75, an occasional table that the Singer table replaced $35, my office chair $30 (replaced by my one of my old dining room chairs), the sale of a pair of skates I no longer use $30, and the shelving unit I used to have in my bathroom $25.
Fun, isn't it? And searching for the perfect pieces is a great way to spend a few minutes every day, much more productive than Pinterest I must say! Plus it keeps things recircling instead of being taken to a landfill site. I love that the pieces I bought have a history. Those scrapes and knocks tell stories.
ps if you want to see how the dining room looked this past summer, click HERE
With a small budget, big dreams and a love of a challenge, Anne blogs about renovating and decorating her tiny 1930s bungalow. A self-taught artist and professed power tool lover, she enjoys writing, gardening, photography, nature and diy'ing. And she's never met a dumpster she didn’t want to root through! Come along for the ride!!