Sunday, March 3, 2013

Country Style

When we bought this house 7 years ago there was one condition to the sale that the seller demanded. He said we must keep the couch and love seat in the basement and we must keep the dining room table along with the buffet and hutch. So we did. My daughter was the recipient of the living room furniture and we kept the dining room furniture where it stood. The chairs were burgundy velvet. Yes... that kind of furniture. The buffet and hutch were made of some type of pseudo-wood composite. There was even some plastic on the facade. It was a horrible piece of furniture. As finances allowed, we sold those two pieces and bought a new dining room table. Our only table. We don't have a separate dining room in this house.

I love our table. It isn't fussy, meaning we do not have to have a tablecloth or place mats on it. It can be wiped with a damp cloth. My kind of table. It is an oak table that expands to seat 8 adults comfortably. We have had many a family dinner around that table and expect to have many more.

In these past few months I have been looking for a replacement buffet and hutch. I had some pre-requisites.

* I wanted it to be thrifted
* I wanted it to be solid wood
* It had to match my dining room table
* I waned it to be inexpensive. Okay cheap

So I looked and looked and looked and found nothing. Until one day I did. Only trouble is, it was too much money. I took a risk and offered the seller about half of what he was asking. He paid over $1200 for it and was asking $600. I offered him $350. He wrote back and politely declined. I though he would. I would have too. But then last week I got an email which read "Come pick it up if you still want it." I really did want it! And as luck would have it, my mother sent me some money. Just about enough to buy it. Double win!

Paul brought it home and it is even more wonderful than I imagined. It is the exact same color as the dining room table. It is solid oak. It even has the same chunky legs and wood design as my table!! It is perfect.


After giving it a good dusting, I set to work filling it up. My first attempt looked much too formal. Fancy schmancy and that is NOT me. Paul thought it looked good but it wasn't what I was going for. After a bit of tweaking here and there, I got it just right and I couldn't be more pleased. Now I have to rearrange my kitchen cabinets as I have a lot of empty space.

Being patient pays off! Sticking to my preferences does too. I need to repeat that to myself in our house hunting saga. Thanks Mom!


Madcap said...

That is a beautiful piece of furniture - lucky you!

Jen said...

Looks really nice!

Tara said...

It is so lovely and a beautiful addition to your home!!

Dawn said...

I like your style. The hutch looks great with your things in it. You got a good deal!

Anonymous said...

this is perfect michelle!!! wow, i love it so much.

Steph, Geralyn, Chesley said...

I just came to your site via beauty that moves...the WFK workshop...I just HAD to say how BEAUTIFUL this piece of furniture is too! You are so lucky! What a find!!! Unique looking (to me anyway) I have never seen this design. I love it!!