Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Patience is a virtue


This is my dining table.

I'm not a person who buys stop-gap pieces. I'd much rather go without until I find the exact piece of furniture I'm after.

I went without any sort of dining table for five years while I searched for 'the one'. Five years of eating dinner on our laps, and only entertaining in summer when we could use our outdoor dining table. One Christmas we even brought the outdoor dining table inside.

After all those years of searching, eight years ago I finally found this table in an antique shop in the city. I fell in love with its sturdy straight legs, its solid shape, and its wonderful patina.




It was originally a farmhouse table, on a farm just outside Lobethal, a little town in the lovely Adelaide hills. I often wonder if the farmer made it himself. The antique dealer I bought it from found it in a big shed on the farm. It had been sitting there unloved for many years, before the dealer bought it and had it brought back to life.



The restorer was careful to keep all the marvellous dings and dents and stains that give this table its character. We've probably contributed a bit more 'character' over the last eight years.





This bit below is my favourite part - an indentation on the railing. I often wonder if this was from where the head of the household rested his booted foot every night over dinner. I also love how the bottom of the legs are wrapped in a metal strip.



It's nice to have a little piece of history in my home. I think it warms up my very neutral, very new home quite nicely.

Best wishes,

33 comments:

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

A beautiful table, Catherine. I warms up your home so nicely.

Ann said...

I love your table!!! I have been looking for a farm house table forever. I hope I find one as lovely as yours!

Emily said...

What a beautiful addition to your home! Worth the wait, I'm sure. -e

Ry @ Sotto Il Monte Vineyards said...

Love it! Such beautiful patina.

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi Catherine. What a wonderful piece of history to cherish! But not only is the table fabulous, I think you are holding out on the armoire in the background!! Julie

my favorite and my best said...

great table and great story. i too like to wait for the piece i love instead of the "for now" stuff.
j

Margie said...

Your table is really a one off piece complete with its quirks,it is wonderful to have such an item in your home. I love pieces like that. My husband made our table a few years ago. Greetings from Ireland. Margie.

Angela Henrie said...

She's a beauty!

♥Aubrey said...

That table is gorgeous! I do the exact same thing. We went without a dining table for 4 years. I finally found THE one on craigslist and snapped it right up. It pays to have patience. It doesn't hurt the wallet either.

eco-stylista said...

Looks beautiful! What a fab find!

reena. said...

well worth the wait! it's beautiful

Melissa said...

Oh. My. I *LOVE* that table!!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

See now, this is why I love antiques! So worth waiting for!

Tanya said...

Sigh. That table was worth the wait.

Jacqueline said...

Now this is a table....very similar to mine...I must do a post about my dining room , then I can show you....I bet you don't know yourselves , sitting around a table after not having one for so long but I always say...... if somethings worthwhile it's worth waiting for . XXXX

Angie said...

It was worth the wait!

ana said...

I'm like you when I have to buy furniture... this table is so lovely!!! mine is the same color, its also old but the shape is different and I love the chairs too

Rachel said...

It is absolutely fabulous! Completely worth the wait. You'll have it (and cherish it) forever.

Draffin Bears said...

How wonderful that you found your new table and worth the wait.
Looks lovely in your home and I like all the dings and well loved look.

Hugs
Carolyn

AnNicole @ OurSuburbanCottage said...

I love that table! It's absolutely perfect.

I'm impressed with your patience...I'm afraid I just don't have that much patience in me. I'm more of a stop-gap gal. Your patience DEFINITELY paid off, though.

Brabourne Farm said...

What a beautiful table you have! Now that it's been rescued and loved it can look forward to another long and wonderful life. Leigh

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

I love your table !! I too, could not find one that I liked, so I had one made. I would love that old patina. I'm jealous...

Chrissy said...

How lovely....it looks alot like the harvest tables my John makes,full of charm indeed!! Hope you are well,Chrissy

Terri said...

It is a perfect table, a perfect memory keeper. Love it! Worth the wait...

I'm Julia said...

Well worth waiting for! Your patience paid off.

Lavender & Lilies said...

I love it. I love the story. My dining room table was made by my grandfather and we ate Sunday lunch on it every Sunday when I was a little girl. There are all sort of dings and scrapes and a few paint marks from my grandmother who was a painter and used the table sometimes. I would trade it for the world.

Alison Gibbs said...

Great table catherine that you are now adding your own little piece of history and character to
Alison

My name is PJ. said...

It's gorgeous! Patina, wear, shape, size, everything!

River said...

I LOVE your table. The dent in the railing would have to be from a booted foot, for sure. I love wooden furniture that has been worn silky smooth with age and use.

Julie said...

Catherine, I love the table and I know how you feel, our table is made from oak from France that is over 250 years old its had the grooves and niks in it also. Its a big square 160x160cm. We added 8 Lloyd Loom chairs to go along with it.I hope you enjoy yours as much as we do ours. After all everyone always gathers there to chat. Julie in Holland :)

Ianny said...

Rustic, nature charm. Enhance the ambiance with huge photographic prints of wildlife. Those of birds, perhaps?

alice said...

This is a beautiful table! What a find! It reminds me of the table my family had growing up... any "damage" to it really just added more character and never caused worry... I can't imagine the worry at keeping up one of those glossy tables that always has to look perfect and untouched... who needs that stress!?!

j u s t i m a g i n e said...

grrr...i am so jealous...i am still looking for my perfect table and I am looooosing patience !!